Catching the Sun, with the makers at Collab House

We at Collab House have hosted a screening of the documentary ‘Catching the Sun’ and had a discussion on making technologies to tap sustainable energy resources. The event happened on 7th May, 2016 engaging the amazing maker community at our space.


Catching the Sun is a documentary by Shalini Kantayya, American film maker of Indian origin. It is a narration of an unemployed American worker, a Tea Party activist, and a Chinese solar entrepreneur race to lead the clean energy future.

Documentaries are a powerful way to bring people together, engage conversation, and inspire real change. Catching the Sun is being released at tipping point in a global transition to renewable energy. Clean energy solutions like solar is becoming more affordable and accessible than ever, and it has utility companies shaking in their boots. All over the globe, battles are being waged for who will control power in the 21st century.

Solutions like solar have the potential to put power in the hands of the people—both literally and figuratively. An informed public, lead by ordinary citizens like you and me, can push for the local and national policies that can transform our economy. Transitioning to powering our economy off renewable energy isn’t only about creating the life-saving solutions that we desperately need to combat climate change. It’s about unleashing human imagination, innovation, national competitiveness, and the largest wealth creation opportunity of our time.

By hosting a screening of Catching the Sun, we are taking a step to incite collective action towards clean energy solutions that are accessible to all. Future generations are depending on us to make this change. And the good news is that the clean energy future is full of hope—not just for the planet, for the people too.


There were some critical questions posed at the attendees, the makers of Hyderabad community. A few of them are below:

  • Reflections on the film – What was striking or memorable and how do you think it relates to our community?
  • What solar programs exist in our area for low income families?
  • What are some recent environmental victories related to issues in the film?
  • What are people at this event working on over the next 6 months – 2 years?
  • How can people get involved in local movements and stay in touch with each other?
  • What are steps we can take together to promote the green economy in our community?
  • How have our local officials voted regarding clean energy and the economy?
  • Who are the top energy polluters in our area? Are they held accountable?




 The perspective of every one in the hall were collected and everyone have promised to take certain steps, though little contributions, could save our planet gradually.

“A must-see film. An eye-opening look at workers and entrepreneurs on the forefront of the clean energy movement that will transform, and enliven the way you see the future. What is clear is the wonderful opportunity the transition to clean energy represents.” – MARK RUFFALO

Catching the Sun, with the makers at Collab House

XPRIZE Think Tank Comes to Hyderabad | First Meetup


Hyderabad, March 1, 2015Imagine joining a local community filled with a diverse mix of people from technology, space, oceans, education, and more, all who want to create a brighter future. Imagine getting together regularly in-person to share presentations about recent developments in technology, to discuss common problems in the world, and to explore ways in which we can solve them. Imagine collaborating together on these problems to make real and tangible solutions. These are all the goals of XPRIZE Think Tanks.

Collab House, a collaborative community space proposed to bring Think Tank to Hyderabad which got approved, hosted the first meet, here in Hyderabad on March 1st, 2015.

The meet was anchored by Devthon, an innovation platform which is working towards bringing people together to create an impact in health, energy, education, agriculture and many other fields.

The XPRIZE Think Tank Hyderabad will bring together innovators, problem-solvers, domain experts, and more together from a local community to help discuss, educate, and strategize how to solve grand challenges.


There were 15 individuals who came together to scope down the future of the Think Tank and identify challenge areas. Individuals divided into groups of 2 to take on the task of identifying areas of focus that each of us are keen on creating an impact in.

The internet technology has taken the world by storm, creating opportunities across the globe. One team proposed to pursue the need for internet access for all, drafting a initiative with intersection of participation from public(govt), private(corporate) and local bodies(community) which would bring internet for all, help understand its capabilities and assist in improving lives. Another team proposed food as a major challenge area to take on. An interesting way to solve it is to connect people over food. The challenges in healthcare were also discussed.

IMG_2460However, the challenge area winner which was identified as the most important area during the discussion was, Education. It was discussed on how access to quality education brings about a cultural change and how teachers and schools play an important role in shaping the future generations.

Members of the XPRIZE Think Tank, called Tankers, will meet bi-weekly in Hyderabad. The first time Tankers discussed on how we must broaden our thinking to identify moonshot challenges that currently only outliers think about. In the future, the Think Tank will open the floor to ideas and challenges from specific areas taking a more focused approach to identify pressing problems faced by mankind.


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XPRIZE Think Tank Comes to Hyderabad | First Meetup