Collab House is one of the most prominent maker spaces in the city with the amazing crowd of makers and product developers. We have an engaging crowd from Colleges and Universities with passion for electronics and ideas around Internet of Things. Hence we piloted an Summer Internship for University students to work on Connected devices, the newly announced focus of Mozilla.
The prototype building kicked-off with a 2 week design-sprint which has a fabulous output of ideas and process to jump start. As part of the sprint, the students were divided in to 4 teams, 2 in each team.
Interestingly we had the majority of girl students engaged in the program. The first phase, identification of the challenge and forming the best team to tackle that challenge has created more interest among the students, since this is the first time that they are looking at the grass root level of the challenge and think of a solution in a bottom to top approach. The problem statement is sketched in the form of a map, a flowchart of the problem statement, causes of the challenge and the ways to solve it.
We had a line of industry leaders who educated the group about developing a prototype. With the makers in house and also professionals from our connections were invited to project a bigger picture of product development and also about their industry experience to our Interns team. There was a talk on Design Thinking by Vineel, a line of sessions on 3D printing by Sandeep and also on product architecture by Priyanka.
The interns are also encouraged to be part of the regular events of Hackster.io and iRaspberryPi at Collab House. Vivek Manoharan, research scholar from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore spoke about his work in Biomechanics & Ergonomics, Design Thinking and more with our interns to help them get started with their work.
After the sprint, talks, workshops, there was a bit of hacking on Arduino and RaspberryPi to have an idea on functionality, feasibility to check whether the idea is implementable using a particular platform.
1 month of the program and we have a solid ideas on paper and the students committed themselves to work on the prototypes for the next couple of months.
The enthusiasm for the students is was amazing. This initiative has created a spark among the Mozillians of Mozilla Hyderabad, encouraging the to take part of this program and make stuff while hacking the existing ones.
Collab House has a great foot fall of people who play with programming Boards. Being the most active maker/hacker space in the city, Collab House hosts the meetups and workshops of iRaspberryPi community.
iRaspberryPi, is an active community of students and working professionals who meet-up frequently to teach and learn from the community members and also discuss about the progress in their respective projects. iRaspberryPi community majorly works on RaspberryPi based projects and provides technological support to hackers working on RaspberryPi.
On 23rd April 2016, iRaspberryPi organised their monthly meet-up at Collab House. The agenda included a couple of sessions on ‘ThingBox’, the open sourced platform for IoT makers. The recent release of RaspberryPi 3 and the team getting along a couple of them has created more excitement among the makers in the hall.
In second half of the session, people teamed up among themselves to brainstorm on new recipes. The idea validation would enable teams to select the like minded people to be part of their team and start working on their respective projects.
Vineel Reddy Pindi, Founder and CEO of Collab House is a prominent face in the maker community of India. With immense experience in community building, his ambition of building global ‘Connected Communities’, he has created inspiring and exciting community in Hyderabad. Collab House, as the name suggests is a hub of activity for collaborated makers and hackers. People here talk about making ideas happen through collaborations and connections. Being a workspace for more that 10 nascent start-ups, event/meet-up space for 20+ open communities, Collab House has impressed a tremendous impact on the Start-up community of Hyderabad. Launched in June 2014, Collab House has exponentially increased its presence in the city with massive organic outreach and has become the most popular community hub in the city.
The word has spread to most of the communities globally and it is inevitable that many print and digital media has exclusively featured Collab House in their respective channels. Entrepreneur magazine has covered the story of Makerspaces in the city and Vineel was featured with his vision on the analogy and thin lined contrast between Makerspace and a Hackerspace.
In his words, Vineel says, “Generally, Makerspaces are more hardware-centric and hackerspaces are more software-centric. But many people hack on hardware too so hacking is not just limited to coding only”.
As the makerspaces are becoming the lego of start-ups and since Collab House hosts one of the most active maker communities in India, we are advancing to become the leading maker cum startup community in Asia in the coming years.
Collab House supports most of the start-up activities in the city. Collaborative approach that we adopt enables our ecosystem to do more with the existing resources. Collab House hence collaborates with Startup Saturday as a community partner to provide outreach and word across communities.
Startup Saturday Hyderabad is an initiative by Headstart network to provide entrepreneurs in each city with a monthly community driven forum that is structured in agenda but open in discussions. Startup Saturday Hyderabad provides a forum for entrepreneurs to discuss, present, network and learn from peers, prospective customers, adopters, partners and investors.
The April edition of Startup Saturday was organised on 9th of this month with a great line of speakers and an amazing group of people for panel discussion.
Mr. Narayana Peesapaty, founder of Edible cutlery from Bakeys Foods pvt ltd.
Mr. Sharath Chandra, Chai Bisket
Mr. Sri Charan Lakkaraju, Founder and CEO of stuMagz
Mr. Jeevan Chowday, Shopper’s Express.
Vishala Reddy, Identicity and Rahgiri days.
Sreekar Reddy, PR sutra.
Moderated by Mr. Ramesh Loganathan, MD, Progress Software.
Every speaker had an inspiring story of their journey which they shared with the attendees. Narayana Peesapaty explained how social media has taken over the print and digital media. His project of edible cutlery couldn’t reach to the expected number of people though he was featured by most prominent News channels and New papers nationally, but a single video on Youtube has created a viral outreach. Which eventually created a multi-folded contributions than promised while crowdfunding campaigns in kickstarter and Ketto.
Sai Charan has created clear understanding on the potential of student community in the city with his target offline marketing strategies. In his words he says ‘If we have hair then we could make any hair style’ addressing the huge potential of student communities in the city. Followed by tales of Sharath chandra and Jeevan Chowdary.
The panel moderated by Ramesh Loganathan has created a great impact on the ideologies of the attendees. They spoke about the various challenges in their startup journeys and ways to overcome the obstacles that one encounter while running a start-up.
The team of ‘Get in the Ring‘ organised a session at Collab House in order to make our community aware about the global startup competition. It was a simple event with 12 attendees in the hall, and a team of 3 delegates have represented ‘Get in the Ring’ at Collab House. Collab House is one of the most prominent entrepreneur hub in the city and houses 10 active start-ups, and hence the chosen venue for this kind of an event.
About ‘Get in the Ring’
The concept behind Get in the Ring was born in 2012. The first edition was organised in 12 countries. Main partner in setting up the event was the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, who later also became the official host of Get in the Ring The Netherlands. Between 2012 and 2014, the concept of Get in the Ring spread rapidly around the world. After 3 editions Get in the Ring was organised in 64 countries and over 3,000 startups joined the competition.
The rapid growth of Get in the Ring made us even more ambitious. In the upcoming years we want to connect 100K startups from around the world to 100M fans that can support startups with capital, talent and expertise.
About the Speaker:
Bernice Robbertse spearheaded the Get In The Ring Startup Competition in the South Africa to bridge the gap for South African startups and the international market.
Get in the Ring is a global startup competition hosted in 80+ countries, connecting startups to their fans. Bernice helped set up a Dutch – South African soft-landing programme with the North-West University and the Dutch Embassy of South Africa, which enables Dutch startup founders to set up their business in South Africa. She’s currently setting up Tech Hubs in Lesvos, Greece within the refugee communities.
At 24 years old, Bernice has nailed her fair share of successful endeavors. During her studies she sparked an entrepreneurial initiative for students at her university called YEBO! which means yes! in South Africa and stands for the Young Entrepreneur Business Organisation. With YEBO she has successfully set up a student exchange programme with YES! Delft Students and the North-West University’s bhive Enterprise Development Centre where top entrepreneurial students travel to the Netherlands every year to learn more about the global startup ecosystem.
The session had a unique structure. Start-up people present in the hall were chosen in pairs and a pitching battle was set up against each other. It was a ring with 2 boxers(startups) with 4 battling bouts of 30 seconds each. Both the boxers representing their respective startup gets 30 seconds each to answer the questions posed by Bernice Robbertse on his/her start-up. The questions included, Startup Idea, Business model, Team, resources, etc. One among the 2 would be declared as winners in every bout and a final winner after based on their performance in all the bouts. Collab House has hosted a number of Startup pitching events but ‘Get in the Ring’ had an off the mark strategy to make it interesting as well as engaging.
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.
Collab House has always been an active participant in events and conferences revolving around Start-ups and Technology. Housing around 11 start-ups and more than 30 communities working from Collab House, we are the most active hub for making, hacking and starting-up. We have made our inevitable presence at SURGE-2016, first conference of Web Summit in India, largest of its kind so far in the country.
Web Summit is called “the best technology conference on the planet” and it has made it’s way to India as SURGE and in Bangalore. Web Summit, was founded by Paddy Cosgrave, an Irish entrepreneur who is listed as one of the most influential people from Europe in the field of technology. Co-founded by Daire Hickey and David Kelly, within a short time span of five years, managed to raise the event to global standards with an influential and rising attendee list.
The two-day has been an energetic, exciting and unique in the sectors of Technology and Entrepreneurship. SURGE 2016 on 23rd and 24th February has had more than 5,000 attendees including 500 startups, 250 investors, 200 media partners and other influencers from various countries. Hosted a series of discussions, round table sessions, tech and entrepreneurial speeches, startup pitches, product demonstrations, exhibition stalls, product launches, investor office hours, mentor hours and many more. This event has also has a predominant importance to elevate the ratio of women in Technology and entrepreneurship.
Paddy Cosgrave, CEO of Web Summit says, “Web Summit is now the biggest and most influential startup gathering in the world. In recent years, we’ve seen a significant rise in the number of Indian startups attending our global conferences. India is increasingly producing globally competitive startups that have disrupted markets and the way we live. Bangalore is a significant part of the global startup ecosystem and we think it is the ideal venue for SURGE 2016. They have been telling us for some time that Web Summit should come to India and we have been blown away by their creativity and innovation. India has arguably the most important and accessible startup ecosystem in the world right now and we want to support it by giving them a world-class event where they can gather, network and grow.”
Some of the points that are discussed at the summit are how data can give you a business edge over your competitors, how mobile wallets are going to get the edge off transactions, how startups can sustainably scale their businesses, what would be the major trends that could change the facets of enterprises as well as how can businesses better align their strategies across sales, marketing and customer service.
Our team of 4 includes Harsha Vardhan, Community manager at Collab House; Sai Kiran, CEO and founder of Ride on Cab; Sreerag Nambiar, Community Manager at EngineersHub; Srushtika Neelakantam, Firefox Student ambassador at Mozilla has represented Collab House at SURGE 2016.We as a team have gathered surplus number of stories, hundreds of Business cards, healthy connections with attendees and tremendous energy which eventually gives a laser like focus with rocket boost to our work and productivity.
Collab House has witnessed and congratulated Ather Energy on account of the launch of ‘S340’ a ‘smart’ electric scooter which comes with a touch screen dashboard. It has a top speed of 72kmph and charges up to 80% with in an hour. Ather energy was founded by IIT-Madras alumni Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jaina and is backed by the Founders of Flipkart.
We at Collab House focus on the cutting edge maker technologies which are out to disrupt the main stream functionality of present technologies, making the world simpler and better place to live. SURGE had a dedicated exhibition slot for IoT, hardware, Virtual reality, Big data and End to end solution providing startups and they named it as ‘Builders’, yes we are builders of the coming generation.
Some snaps of the products and prototypes of various startups at the ‘builders’ slot of SURGE.