Somaiya Vidyavihar initiates the formation of the Maker India Foundation an initiative to accelerate the Maker Movement in India and to create a community of Makers. Maker Movement is a global social movement, where individuals who invent things informally get a chance to showcase, collaborate, and form communities.
From making kites to making a solar lamp is considered a Maker. India has a heritage of arts, crafts and skills, as well as a history of innovation and creation. A robust ‘can do’ attitude can be seen in the multitude of small service and repairing shops to homemakers making pickles and papads. Making can stand for everything from baking a cake, creating handmade products like Warli paintings, gadgets using free software and tools or making fine jewelry. Makers can be found any field - from stitching to teaching to technology. In essence, the very word "making" is becoming a "maker".
Maker India Foundation is launching Maker Mela, a platform for innovators, creators and designers ranging from a kite maker to an automobile engineer. Maker Mela seeks to trigger ideas and innovations, provide a platform for innovators to showcase their innovations. Maker Mela will bring together scientists, engineers, technocrats with experts, artists and craftsmen across the country to present their applications of ideas and explore how they can work together by combining art, science and technology.
Speaking about the Maker India Foundation, Shri. Samir Somaiya says, “Our vision is to catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship in India at the grassroots level. It is when people get an opportunity to share ideas, collaborate, that new ideas and products turn into businesses. This is one of the various initiatives that we are planning under the Maker India Foundation. I believe that learning and knowledge increase when shared, and we are excited to play a role in bringing Indians across strata and states together, and celebrate the joy of learning, exploring and entrepreneurship. In India, we need to provide support systems to innovators that will help them gain confidence to turn into entrepreneurs and generate revenue from their creations. It could help the government's pursuit of Make in India and entrepreneurship by helping build businesses. With a government focus on ‘Make in India', this is an especially exciting time to launch this initiative.”
Somaiya Vidyavihar with its belief in holistic education and the motto that ‘Knowledge Only Liberates’ has been successfully supporting technology start-ups through its Technology Business Incubator, RiiDL - Research Innovation Incubation Design Labs . Maker Mela will be held on 9th-11th October 2015.