Design Sprint by Minerva Schools

Minerva Schools in collaboration with Collab House had a Design Thinking workshop at Collab House on the 13th of July.


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The Minerva Schools at KGI is a for-profit university founded as a partnership between the Minerva Project and Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), a member of the Claremont University ConsortiumIt offers both a four-year undergraduate program as well as a part-time master’s program.

In April 2012, Minerva Project received US$25,000,000 in venture funding from Benchmark Capital to create the undergraduate program that would become the Minerva Schools at KGI.


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Design Sprint by Minerva Schools

Furniture Design Workshop by Needlab

Needlab with Collab House conducted a week long Furniture Design Workshop followed by a Gallery show. The workshop death with designing and manufacturing.

Needlab is a Barcelona, Spain based non-profit organization. A team of designers from Spain were in Hyderabad for the training. Needlab aims to explore the interaction between nature and technology, between traditional craftsmanship and digital fabrication. Needlab focuses on unveiling new ways of creating a dialog between local materials, social practices, and environmental forces.



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Students learned the complete cycle of production, from digital design to fabrication. The participants designed and fabricated furniture in the workshop, using Rhinoceros 3D software (3D modeling software) and Rhino CAM software used for CNC fabrication. The feedback loop between the digital design and physical construction enhanced their learning. At the end of the workshop, the participants experienced not only designing, furniture but also building it.

We did a factory visit to do the test fabrication with the state of the art Italian CNC machine, after which the designs were manufactured.

The workshop was held from July 20th – 25th, after which there was a Gallery Show of the digitally fabricated furniture on 26th & 27th.

Amala Akkineni, Indian Film actress joined us at The Gallery Show at Collab House.
She spent time learning the design process the students went through to Digitally Fabricated the Furniture. She was also keen on learning about Maker spaces and its contribution to the modern world.


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Furniture Design Workshop by Needlab

PCB Design and Fabrication

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Collab House hosted a workshop on PCB Design and Fabrication.

Printed Circuit boards are highly effective when it comes to specific applications. PCB offers features that a regular bread board does not. Besides, it drastically reduces the size of the circuit and makes it durable.

The first half of the session dealt with the Design aspect, where the participants learnt about types of PCBs along with various design and fabrication techniques. This was followed by the designing  in the software. Once thorough with the design, the real fun began post break .

Fabrication was fun. The participants could clearly see and understand how a PCB works. After fabrication, the components were soldered, the circuit was connected and tested for its functionality.

It was a one of its kind workshop, where the participants actually fabricated their PCBs, by using Toner Transfer Method. This workshop delivered a complete hands on experience to the participants. Tools kits and circuitry were given to the participants after the workshop, so they could try their own circuits later too!



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PCB Design and Fabrication

Design Summit – 2016

Collab House is the most innovative hub in Hyderabad and we strive to stand as the best startup community in the city. A diverse set of initiatives and collaborations has enabled us to aim high, plan big and do more. People say, success is not a destination, it is a mere journey with millions of mile stones, and yeah we are travelling in a roller coaster, crossing every mile stone with more excitement and energy.

Collab House has partnered with Design Summit to make it  a huge success. The startup community at Collab House, our very close associates, and Collab House as a whole played  crucial role in implementing the event in an elegant way.



About Design Summit:

Celebrating design in any of its form is the main idea of Design Summit. It brings Designers, Creators, Entrepreneurs and Friends together to build momentum and opportunity around their unique entrepreneurial identity. By celebrating the achievements of the design community in India, Design Summit is less of a conference and more of a festival.


The exhibition stalls had start-ups, demonstrating their product/service to every other delegate. Exchanging business cards and shaking hands is the most common activity that one can see in the hall. Artificial Intelligence, Medical nano technology, Wireless Charging, Junk Art, Online pharmacy, every startup had their own/unique problem solving recipe. Makers, designers, coders, hackers, developers, artists and many other professionals are here at HICC, Novotel to participate in biggest festival for Design.


Mean while the other half of the venue is reverberating with talks by renowned speakers from various backgrounds.



With a great line of speakers and unconference sessions, it was a feast for people who are obsessed with design. This Video explains more about the speakers.

This video gives you more information about the value of design and makers at Design Summit.

What? Design Summit 2016

Where? HICC Convention centre

When? 31st March 2016



Design Summit – 2016

BLOSSOMS | Art, Technology & Collaboration

At Collab House we believe that future is through collaboration. Solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems can be built through collaboration. The more minds we can put on those solutions, the better off we will all be. People need creative hubs for harnessing the potential of the ecosystem and inspiration from art, technology and community that pushes their limits.

“Future is the only thing that can be created, everything is created already. So it actually a driving force, call it curiosity, call it hope, it gets you things done that you haven’t done before.” – Horst Hörtner

That was the idea with Blossoms, the installation explores interaction and response via sound and coordinated movements. It was challenging to achieve the essence of nature by creating a cluster of flowers which responds to our presence by movement and sound.


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Design by Priyanka Narula, PreLab

Collab House is working at the intersection of technology, arts and community, focusing on the future of collaboration and building things – by the means of artistic use of technologies.

We met PreLab and shared the idea of doing an art installation that combine art, technology and enable human interaction. That’s when Blossoms came up. PreLab works on bringing digital innovation into the field of art and architecture.

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Design by Priyanka Narula, PreLab

The reason why we decided to do Blossoms was we wanted to push our limits on what all of us together could do.


3D printing Stamen

The world today is more complex and interconnected than ever before. Communities need to come together to build on the basics that cultivate creativity, imagination, and grit.


Today when you see technology, art, architecture, design and internet, they no longer can be in silos, the future demands connected world that combine skills, tools, community, and technology for the purpose to design, prototype and create the things that haven’t done before. Our global, connected world today calls for new kinds of collaboration and building—and new kinds of problem-solvers.

It was a team of 9 people, we had one artist/ designer(Priyanka Narula, PreLab) one architect (Kasi), one Tech Architect(Prasann Dutt, Collab House ~ MakerClub) one Tech designer (Ch Avinash, Collab House ~ MakerClub), 3D printing support (Sandeep & Veeresh | 3Ding), Technical Support (Vihari Raj), PreLab Intern(Sutrave likitesh).


It’s not just about the technology that is there but whats more important is the driving force behind the community and its collaboration power.

Testing the gears, circuit, the sensors

To build a community where anywhere, anytime collaboration is a reality, cities and regions need to tap into their many talents and resources to create a vibrant ecosystem of opportunities. That’s the approach we have taken at Collab House, an ecosystem for collaboration is essential.


The city’s/ regions have intellectual capital and has a wealth of resources but in silos. These connected networks don’t just materialize, even when a city has wealth of resources. They take planning, coordination and time to emerge.
We are working with different platforms around our ecosystem to genereate awareness around comaking and inspire people through art innovation.



I think it is very important to show people that it’s not always the technology/ devices that are seen as things but it’s how these devices, technology become seamless with our lifes and nature.


It’s been incredible, weeks of development and passion Blossoming in the moment.

We have seen hundreds of people engaging with the Blossoms, synced up with cluster of moving flowers, music and light during the installation at various platforms across the country.

BLOSSOMS at TEDxHyderabad

Evolution of BLOSSOMS:


“the process by which different kinds of living organism are believed to have developed from earlier forms during the history of the earth.”

“the gradual development of something.”









BLOSSOMS at InnoFest Hyderabad

“Humanity is curious, and humanity is equipped with hope, but the driving force is in all of us. That makes us doing things that are just like, one would say crazy probably, others would say astonishing.”

BLOSSOMS | Art, Technology & Collaboration

Doodle workshop by Tejo Guna

Tejo Guna is an Architecture student turned professional Doodler, Co-founder of ‘Weird Beard’. His startup functions in the domain of Art and apparel. We have him in house for a workshop on professional doodling, to teach basics and then the to give a creative touch to the art of the attendees. The event started off with a set of focussed questions like:

What is a Doodle?

How to Doodle?

What do you need to Doodle?

The session was interactive with energetic and enthusiastic crowd. The overwhelming crowd was mostly working professionals with art as their hobby or a part-time passion.


The crowd started drawing different doodles, crafted and compacted in to a piece of paper making the atmosphere more and more creative. You could actually feel the essence of creativity when you move around the tables. Each person deeply engaged to put up a Doodle filled with art and emotion. And Tejo moving around and giving his inputs to make their doodle look more professional and catchy.

It is a feast to one’s eyes if they were at Collab House. We had a diverse age group of attendees ranging from kids to experienced professionals enthusiastic to learn about this special art ‘Doodling’.

The workshop concluded with amazing doodles on every visible sheet. Fruitful session with overwhelming responses ended with a light snack and a Group picture. A day well spent with artists and creative geniuses.

Collab House is very happy and excited to house such kind of an event and would promise to deliver many events and workshops of this kind to peers of Hyderabad.



What? A workshop on Doodling by Tejo Guna

Why? To teach basics and about How to start Doodling.

When? 27 December 2015

Doodle workshop by Tejo Guna