Interactive art | A Blend Aesthetics of and electronics

 

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Collaborations are going to help mankind in making better, interesting and sustainable future for the generations to come. To catch up with the pace with which the world is advancing, there is an essential need of collaborations between individuals, ideas, companies and nations. Collab House as it’s name indicates, is a place for collaborations and a hub for connected communities. We are one of the most active makerspaces in the country while making amazing stuff in collaboration with other communities.

On 15th of June 2016, as Collab House celebrated it’s second anniversary, our team planned to set up an interactive art installation which binds and blends Art, Architecture, Electronics and Technology together. To celebrate the 2 years of Making,  our team, Vineel, Harsha and Akshay along with Himanshu (Banana House ~Makerspace in Delhi), Prasan Dutt (Mooshic Labs, Electronics product developers) has setup the installation on interactive art and electronics, surprising the people present for the party.

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“A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist” –R. Buckminster Fuller

With the objective of pushing ourselves together to do more with the existing resources, we have committed to make an attractive and simple design which motivates makers and entertains others.

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The concept of the model is to make interesting sounds when there is a human interaction with the boxes, the interaction happening through water closes an electronics circuit while creating a unique sound with each box. The boxes are filled with water and simple touch on the surface of water closes the circuit making interesting sounds. The water acts as a slab of capacitance with the 2 capacitor plates being the bottom of the box and the person’s hand/palm/fingers.

The curiosity about design and technology has created an excitement for our communities to make things out of simple electronics yet sophisticated architecture and aesthetics. We are an ideologically elevated team challenged with the motto of building incredible things while focusing at the paining problems of the society. The concurrency in the alignment of our goals is the factor behind our amazing team to get things done, with out an excuse.

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Aesthetics, an open standard to be taken care of.

 

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Himashu at work, late in the night.

 

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The term ‘perfection’ is demoralising, hence we strive for ‘excellence’, since it is a motivating factor for every one of our community. There is no boundary for us when we try to excel, since we set new standards while making things. Perfection puts a cap on our standards, restricting us from breaking things and accepting failures.

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Prasan Dutt fabricating the LED circuitry.

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The soldering and stuff
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Some serious, circuit integration stuff.

 

We have considered many ways to make this happen, while only the final one happened, the obstacles, the circuit breakdown, the soldering not going through, the arduino break down, and the nearing of deadline, nothing could stop us form making this amazingly cool installation marking its elegance at the party. The curious crowd, asking us on how we did this, we could say, it is a team work. Presented by a team of connected communities.

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Interactive art | A Blend Aesthetics of and electronics

Photowalk with Google Local Guides

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An initiative of Collab House and Local guides of Hyderabad has enabled the photographers and culture enthusiasts to capture the beauties of ‘Golconda Fort’ and present them to the world. A photowalk was well planned and organised on account of ‘Google Local Guides day’ on 18th of June.

Local Guides is a global community of explorers sharing their discoveries on Google Maps. Helping others find the best spots in town, make new friends, and unlock exclusive benefits along the way.

Google hosts exclusive events in cities with the most active contributors, and there are casual meet-ups everyone can attend as well.  Anyone can organize a meetup on thier own. It’s a chance to meet, mingle, and discover the newest cultural offerings in the community.

Showing off what our city has to offer the world, Finding a quintessential skyline, a breathtaking panorama, or a spectacular sunset and capture the moment with a camera or phone is the main objective of this photo walk. Many people photograph the exterior of structures but far fewer people have seen the inside. Whether it’s intricate detailing, lofty ceilings, or famous artwork, this lies as a chance to share interior shots of Golconda Fort with the world.

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Photowalk with Google Local Guides

Startup Grind with Naidu Darapaneni

 

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Collab House is a hub for startups and related activities. Every weekend, we host prominent personalities and open communities to engage people from startup community of Hyderabad. Startup Grind is one such global initiative and Collab House is the hosting partner of Hyderabad chapter for Startup Grind.

Startup Grind is an event series and website designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn’t, and what they’ll do differently next time. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.

Chennapanaidu Darapaneni, a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of MeraEvents.com, the online event listing, promotions and ticketing portal that revolutionized the event industry by effectively bridging the gap between the event organizers and attendees. Several products like MeraEvents, MoozUp, EasyTag, Digibroc, and Planica, which are operating under the umbrella of Versant Online Solutions, are also the brainchild of Naidu Darapaneni.

With over 18 years of experience in the IT industry on various capacities Chennapanaidu Darapaneni and has always emphasized on finding the right and innovation solution for all the problems and create a win-win situation for everyone he is associated with.

Naidu started his career as a Software Engineer who worked in various roles in various technologies in India and abroad before exploring his opportunities as an entrepreneur with the Versant Technologies Inc. in year 2000 in USA, which subsequently expanded its operations in India in 2004.

“A person who sees an opportunity in a problem is someone who can come up with innovative solutions and achieve success,” is the secret motto that has driven Naidu. He found a gap in the event space and was determined to fill the same with the bouquet of MeraEvents. The journey has been eventful. He hived off Versant Technologies. Before hanging up his boots in the hardcore technology realm, he bootstrapped another venture, Versant Online Solutions, the mother of MeraEvents, which has several other sibling products.
Branding, hiring and funding are the three fundamental areas he handles in his venture. Under his stewardship, MeraEvents began making rapid strides into its upward journey with big-ticket deals in its kitty. From accounting to auditing, and from technology to ticket sale, Naidu Darapaneni is Jack of all trades. He is trying to be Master of all too. Currently member in HYSEA, TiE Hyderabad, NASSCOM etc., has inspired many budding entrepreneurs and encourages intrapreneurs within the organization.

Naidu Darapaneni has inspired everyone in the hall with his success story with every venture that he has taken up and the obstacles that he has dodged and tackled on his way to success. There was a networking session among all the attendees after the talk.

Startup Grind with Naidu Darapaneni

CoderDojo steps in Hyderabad.

CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led,  community based programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment, a social space where people can go to explore technology together and get advice and support from skilled mentors. In Dojos young people get the opportunity to make apps, websites, games, play with robotics and more. In addition to learning to code attendees meet like minded people and are exposed to the possibilities of technology.

“CoderDojo is about encouraging creativity and having fun in a relaxed, social environment.”

Within the CoderDojo Movement there is a focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self led learning,  with an emphasis on showing how coding is a force for change in the world. The global CoderDojo community is supported by the CoderDojo Foundation. The CoderDojo Foundation consists of a core team based primarily in Dublin, Ireland. Founded by the co-founder of the very first CoderDojo James Whelton, the Foundation is focused on supporting new and existing Dojos through resource and community development while also scaling CoderDojo through partnerships and creating awareness globally.

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The chapter of Codedojo in the city starts at Collab House. As people know Collab House as the hub of activities for open tech communities, we’ve double quoted our mission once again  by embracing one of the most prominent programming community globally, ‘CoderDojo’. The alignment of ideology between Coderdojo and Collab House is the most essential reason for starting this initiative. On our goal of creating the global hub of connected communities, now we have another member in our team.

The chapter or a regional community of Coderdojo is called a ‘Dojo’, there are more than 1000 Dojos world wide, spanning across 63 countries. Named as ‘Hyderabad@CollabHouse’, Coderdojo-Hyderabad would be having an event every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Young people from various backgrounds would be invited to learn about programming, electronics and robotics.

 

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On 1st of June 2016, Collab House hosted the first event of CoderDojo-Hyderabad. With the well planned agenda and strategic time frame, the event was super exciting for all the attendees. We’ve had a session on design thinking for prototyping an electronics project and then jumped off with building prototypes using Arduino. The session on Arduino programming was the most energetic with every student beaming with the entusiam to learn stuff and build cool projects.

Harsha is the organiser of this dojo and we have many exciting things under pipeline for the coming events of Coderdojo-Hyderabad.

CoderDojo steps in Hyderabad.

Practical DSLR Photography workshop for Beginners.

On 14th of May 2016, We have hosted first ever workshop on Photography at Collab House. This was a collaborative presentation of Collab House and Hyderabad Digital Photography Club (HDPC).

Mr.Ram Nagesh, the organiser of HDPC meet-up group has come down to take the series of sessions on handling DSRLs and on how to take creative photographs.

Collab House is a place to prosper your creativity irrespective of age groups and niches. We have carved our own niche of building connected communities through collaboration. As part of the plan, we have collaborated with HDPC to organise a full day photography workshop supplemented with a photo walk.

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HDPC is a group of photographers who meet to share knowledge and experience through presentations, photo competitions, workshops and photo shoots. The experiences range from novice to master and the tools include both film and digital. In recent years the numbers have increased substantially and programs have become broader in scope and deeper in content, offering increased potential for learning and growth in skills and abilities. In addition to the regular program of scheduled meetings in Hyderabad, Club members also participate in numerous Field Trips to locations rich in photographic opportunities. A series of Workshops is on offer through which members participate in learning activities in photography and image processing.

 

 

There were Canons, Nikons, Sonys and every possible brand of DSLR’s and the hands holding those cameras were as passionate as they can while clicking their very first photos at Collab House, making practical use of the sessions of the instructor Mr. Ram Nagesh. There was an old man among the attendees, who was surrounded with those inspirational vibes. He was sharing the photographs clicked by him during mid 1960’s. God, there was no one in the hall who was even born at that point of time. The photographs were amazing, taken with probably the first generation cameras.

 

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The hall seemed as if a bunch of tourists have visited the space to photographs every object at Collab House. A guy was taking picture of out London Wall clock, a person was clicking on our Mozilla dino, octopus, Rubik’s cubes, 3D printed models of Bhurj Khalifa, eiffel tower and every other piece of art at Collab house.

 

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That was an amazing day at Collab House with all those creative people trying to learn how to capture the world on a film, errr..  sorry films are obsolete after Digital era.

 

Practical DSLR Photography workshop for Beginners.

Meet and greet party of Testathon.

 

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A Testathon is like a hackathon but for testers. Initiated by Global App Testing . On the day, 50 of the best testers are brought together and a competition is organised to win some amazing prizes (cash, phones, tablets, smartwatches, etc) for finding bugs. During the event, the team will bring down 3 keynote speakers.

It’s a unique event with the aim of connecting the testing community whilst allowing elite testers to network, learn from unique keynotes and enjoying what we do best.

Happening for the first time in India, This is one of the most sorted event for testers. Out of 300+ applications, only 60 people were shortlisted to be part of the Testing-Hackathon. The team of Testathon wanted to host a pre-event meet and greet party for all the shortlisted participants to give more insights about the event and also to make all the testers meet the follow participants.

 

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The participants included corporate job holders, freelancers, developers etc. Quality assurance team form Facebook has flew down to India to be part of this event. It was a productive evening at house when Software testers and developers from various companies like CGI, Tech Mahindra, AG and various other corporate giants were in house, networking with other people and even with Facebook team.

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We were excited to host the party in the eminent open space that we have at Collab House. Paper Boat beverages were there, Miller Beers were there and awesome networking happened there on 13th May 2016 till 9 PM.

Meet and greet party of Testathon.

Teach for India, Fellow meet-up.

Collab House lies as the ‘go-to’ place in the city for Open communities and Connected Communities. We host a number of events and meet-ups of organisations of diverse as well as cross-platformed domains in order to build a global node for connected communities. We have closely worked with and supported many social, not-for-profit, Open-source, Educational organisations in order to create positive impact on the society and also to encourage many like minded individuals to  join their hands together and come up with initiatives to make this world, a better place than yesterday.

This is yet another day of activity at Collab House with team of ‘Teach For India’ here in the hall.

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Teach For India, a project of Teach To Lead, is a nationwide movement of outstanding college graduates and young professionals who will commit two-years to teach full-time in under resourced schools and who will become lifelong leaders working from within various sectors towards the pursuit of equity in education.

The event organised at Collab House was for the selected candidates of 2016 Fellowship at Teach For India – Hyderabad. This event is to give certain insights to the selected interns about the qualities that a teacher must possess while teaching children. Teach for India currently operates in 43 schools across Hyderabad impacting more than 4000 children. This Collaboration of ‘Teach for India’ with Collab House is a long way to go and here we would support the organisation by becoming a venue partner for their future events.

 

Teach For India, supports the selected Fellows in the best possible way so that they are equipped with the right Knowledge, Skills and Mindsets that is essential in the 2 years of the fellowship. The event was aimed at helping them prepare for the 5 week residential training program that happens at Pune where this like-minded, talented and wonderful group of people are set up for success as excellent teachers in classrooms.

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Teach for India, Fellow meet-up.