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

Collab House partners with Startup Saturday

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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.

Speakers:

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.

Panel Members:

Vishala Reddy, Identicity and Rahgiri days.

Sreekar Reddy, PR sutra.

Moderated by Mr. Ramesh Loganathan, MD, Progress Software.

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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.

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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.

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Collab House partners with Startup Saturday

Get in the Ring, Impact chapter.

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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Get in the Ring, Impact chapter.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Future of Open Web Apps and Firefox OS TV.

 

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Collab House plays a vital role in supporting tech related initiatives in the city. There is a reason for people to sort for and collaborate with Collab House, to host a technology event in the city. Mozilla community Hyderabad being the most active open community in the city has come down to Collab House to host the first ever event on Firefox Open Web Apps and Firefox OS TV.

 

About Firefox OS TV:

Firefox OS for TV is not just a phone operating system on a bigger screen. It’s a whole new experience that brings television to life and gives the users a new level of choice and control.

 

About Open Web Apps:

Open Web Apps are essentially no different than standard websites or Web pages. They are built using standard open Web technologies — HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc. — and can be accessed using a Web browser. The main differences lie in their ability to be installed on a device and work offline, and access to advanced APIs that allow interaction with device features such as the camera, address book, and other such things. In addition, they are built on open technologies as much as is possible. Where differences lie in technology implementation between platforms, efforts should be made to ensure that both are supported, through a combination of feature detection and appropriate code for different platforms, and graceful degradation.

 

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Santosh started off the session with basic introduction to Open Web apps and a clear understanding of Offline applications. The talk on ‘Future of Open Web Apps’ and ‘Mozilla oghliner’ has caught attention of every contributor in the room. They were inspired after knowing the potential of offline applications. Then continued the sessions on guidelines for the app of Firefox OS Tv and also the user interface standards for Firefox OS TV.

 

 

That was an interactive session with engaging discussions. The attendees including the FSAs were intolerant to get started with making their own Offline and Firefox OS TV apps. The hacking and making sessions continued till 8 PM except for a snack break in between. That was a continuous stretch of Coding producing 2 valuable prototypes at the EOD. Productive day instead. The volunteers would further work on these applications in the coming days and would make them a deployable applications.

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When? 13 March 2016

What? A session on Future of Open Web Apps and Firefox OS Tv

Where? Collab House

 

 

Future of Open Web Apps and Firefox OS TV.

Collab House ‘SURGE’s in global start-up gathering

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

The weighted list of speakers and investors attending the conference is pretty amazing.Sachin Bansal, Co-Founder & CEO of Flipkart ,Dave McClure, Founding Partner of 500 startupsNicolas Brusson, Co-Founder & COO of BlaBlaCar, Rohit Bansal, Co Founder & COO of SnapdealSubrata Mitra, Partner at Accel PartnersMada Segheta, Founder of Branchmerics and many more inspirational and influential speakers whose stories would push you more towards your  goal.

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Team Collab House with Flipkart at SURGE

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.

 

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The judgement panel for PITCH event

The PITCH event, has seen many energetic entrepreneurs giving a pitch about their idea, technology or service with judging panel including Flipkart’s Sachin Bansal, 500 Startups’ Dave McClure, FuturePerfect Ventures’ Jalak Jobanputra and Google’s Sunil Rao. Out of the 40 selected submissions, Arcatron Mobility took the Google prize valued at $100,000 as the PITCH winner. Runners up were Locus.sh and SME Corner who both took home SME Corner $20,000 worth of credit for Google Cloud Platform products.

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Winners of the pitch event

 

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.

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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.

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Builders segment at SURGE

 

Some snaps of the products and prototypes of various startups at the ‘builders’ slot of SURGE.

 

 

Sai Kiran, meets Sachin Bansal, Co-Founder and CEO of Flipkart; Dave McClure, 500 startups; Samar Singla, Jugnoo auto. Discussing our initiatives with these amazing leaders has been much inspiring. Harsha and Sreerag meets Paddy Cosgrave, Founder of Web Summit / SURGE ; Mada Segheta, Founder of Branchmerics and discussed about the trends in technology and startups making our presence more worthwhile at SURGE.

 

 

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Harsha and Sreerag with the team of Cheetah Mobiles, developer of CM Security, Clean Master, Battery Doctor etc

 

 

What? Team Collab House has attended India’s largest conference for Start-ups and Technology, SURGE

Why? To make connections in global start-up community and also to get updated with current technology trends.

When? 23rd and 24th February 2016

Where? Menpho Convention centre, Bangalore

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Collab House ‘SURGE’s in global start-up gathering

Pre New Year and Christmas Party 2015

 

It’s been a wonderful year 2015. With all those victories which propels our confidence, all those rejections which challenge our will power, all those adventures which keep up our spirit and all those crazy ideas which are made practically reliable, it’s been most memorable year. We have learnt to let go of time, learning valuable lessons from every single day, only to invite the coming new year with more energy enthusiasm and hunger to learn new things, make new technologies and a hope to change the world we are living in.

On 25th of December, team COLLAB HOUSE has planned to host a pre New Year cum Christmas party, an eve of celebrations, inviting every single person associated with COLLAB HOUSE.

The party started off with the preplanned fun event, Comical Roast of Sai Kiran Gunda and Rajat Shahi. The panel members to roast our own Sai Kiran Gunda and Rajat Shahi includes Srikanth Soni, Uday, and Akshay Tiwari.

The atmosphere was filled with so much fun, whistles, giggles and loud laughter. Attendees falling down from their chairs with uncontrollable laughter, Srikanth soni deep diving in to his sarcasm levels while roasting our hosts, the house was bursting with joy and the audience  enjoying to their core. The roast concluded with the warm hugs exchanges between our Host duo and Panel members.

Then we revealed the video ‘One Year of Collab House’, with every member speaking a line about Collab House, the video depicted the love and bonding that every one has with our community space. Please visit the below link for the video.

https://www.facebook.com/CollabHouse/videos/518994388277843/?theater

The beers and barbecues continued to entertain our crowd though the roast ended, those Tuborg wala Beers and Chicken wala Barbecues pumped energy in to the party. With people discussing about their recent projects, New year plans, Debates on entrepreneurship, Philosophies of startups, the party lasted till late night when we had to conclude the party with warm wishes and best luck for the coming new year.

Thank you so much for all the attendees for making this party a big and a memorable one.

 

What? An eve of celebration with all of our community members

Why? To celebrate New Year and Christmas.

When? 25 December 2015

 

 

Pre New Year and Christmas Party 2015