Connected Devices at Collab House.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Connected Devices at Collab House.

Freecode Camp 3rd Meetup.

FreeCodeCamp Hyderabad, a local developer community started not even a month ago, just had their 4th meet-up in the city at everyone’s favorite maker space, Collab House. The community is mentored by three passionate developers  – Kapil, Ramana and Arijit.

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For this meetup, Ramana, who works as a web developer, taught the members of the community the fundamentals of web layout. The session covered concepts like how the browser treats the structure of any webpage, and how by understanding its inner workings we can break down complex layouts into a simple binary question of – “Is it aligned vertically or horizontally?”

This discussion was not about teaching the syntax of HTML/CSS or JavaScript. It was to convey the abstract ideas built into the fabric of the web. To be a web developer, one needs to take these baby steps. A web developer, at the very least, needs to understand how their code interacts with the browser.

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The session started off with a simple idea conceptualised thousands of years ago, called Divide and Conquer. This idea is so primitive yet powerful, that we can lay the foundation with it. We may think of it as a basic strategy for solving any real/virtual world problem.
The crux of the idea is simple, to be able to solve a complex problem, you need to divide it into subproblems. Divide it to the point of absolute simplicity, where you can understand the process from the fundamental level and then conquer it.

To apply this simple concept to writing good code, one needs to ask a few questions -:

  • What are the inputs to my program?
  • What outputs are we expecting?   
  • What logic goes in between to take the given input and convert it to the expected output?

From here, we move to understanding the fundamentals of CSS layouts.

You might be wondering now that how  CSS can have inputs and outputs?

And that is a good question. Well, no need to worry! Input and Output in this context refers to our target design. The UI Mockup or Wireframe you have been provided in a Photoshop PSD file. Or a random site whose layout you are trying to copy (nothing to be ashamed of! Mimicry is the highest display of respect).

Ramana pointed out to some sample sites such as OMGUbuntu, Wikipedia and even the FCC random quote generator project. Our output was going to be the UI base layout of these sites. Basically, creating the containers which hosts the data and images displayed on these sites. We started by asking the same basic question, is our input (sample site) aligned vertically or horizontally? We restricted ourselves to two placement algorithms – display block and display flex.

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By default, display block aligns elements vertically (one on top of another) and display flex horizontally (right next to each other). By using these two algorithms, we start constructing our target layout from scratch. Ramana demonstrated the usage of uncommon background colors to get quick feedback on your design. If some placement of component within the layout was not as expected, the feedback was clear about where we went wrong. The background color highlights the component. After a two hour refresher on this layout, we moved on to using simple jQuery to display data in a table format. Here’s the best part – we didn’t use any table component! We carry forwarded our learning from layouts – that one can implement any layout reliably using only the first principles.

It was a simple table layout to display some info about a group of people. Any data table would have the desirable property to be able to sort in order when one clicks on a table column header. When you view your email in Outlook or Thunderbird, you probably sort your mails by subject or sender or date. We implemented that with jQuery. The rendering logic and sorting logic to achieve this again followed the first principle – divide the main problem to a set of simpler subproblems that can be individually solved, and composed together to get a complete, end-to-end solution.

The session ended with a deeper dive into all things flexbox. CSS tricks has a nice article on all things flexbox can do to align your content in different directions, add proper space within the components, stretch or shrink them etc.

“Informative and comprehensible approach towards layout in large. Ramana made sure that we learn new ways(read: flex) to structure elements on the page. Overall I feel these sessions should continue along with pair programming to increase the participant’s competency in the language.” – Rahul Nayak | FCC Hyd Member

Freecode Camp 3rd Meetup.

Centralised Hackathon on IoT.

At Collab House we are excited to build on platforms that empower people across – students, entrepreneurs, makers, artists to make impact. We are an essential part of every maker/hacker initiatives in the city.Collab House in collaboration with Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK), Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association (HYSEA), Educational Institutions and Implementation partners Uptec Idealabs Ltd. and Innovators of India(IoI) have initiated IoT – Makerspace program in Telangana State. As part of the program, various educational institutes in the city have actively participated to setup a Maker space in their respective institutes and support maker/hacker activities on campus with a structured curriculum of trainings and hackathons.

 

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Students have been trained in various IoT technologies along with programming platforms to make products/prototypes aimed at solving the major problems that people face. A set of selected students from each college are made to participate in the centralised hackathon, organised at IIIT-Hyderabad. A 3-day hackathon, powered with talks and session on Ideation, Design Thinking and product prototyping.

 

The day 1 started off on 15ht April 2016, with Ideation workshop by Mrs. Meenakshi. The students were given insights about how an idea should be evaluated. Students were amazingly active with off-the-mark ideas which could become the next big thing in the tech industry. The motto was to solve major paining points that public face. The students were to work on their ideas for the next 2 and a half days. In the second half of the day, a visit to LVPEI-Srujana Innovation centre and T-HUB was planned, to make the students aware of how, research and work goes hand in hand while building a product prototype. That was an energetic day with 94 participants, 67 ideas pitched, 17 shortlisted for prototyping.

 

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Hyderabad Product Leaders team visited the IoT Maker Space hackathon at CIE-IIIT, on Saturday, 16th April 2016. The visiting Hyderabad Product Leaders team included Satish Chandra Paled and Rajasekar from OpenText, Avneesh Bhatnagar and Rajeev Kumar from CA Technologies and Ramesh Swaminathan from Informatica. They were joined by Sreekanth Rangavajhala from Progress Software.
It was a informal and free wheeling interaction where the senior Product Managers from HPL shared their experiences and journey and gave inputs to the participants.
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Rajeev from CA technologies shared how he has always followed the ‘WHY’ theory and advised the young participants to constantly seek the answer for ‘Why’ in everything they attempt. Avneesh advised the students to be focused and apply knowledge that they acquire. Raj urged the students to network and improve their interpersonal skills.The leaders from some of the best known product companies were very happy and appreciated the fact that two-thirds of the participants in the hackathon were women and quite proactive in asking questions. The students looked very excited and had some interesting questions for the visiting team.
Association of HPL will help the IoT Maker Space initiative with the Industry connect and access to best in class mentors from the leading product companies, says, Ramesh Loganthan – President, HYSEA
Earlier, Pankaj Diwan( UPTEC Idealabs) explained the concept and detailed outline of the Maker Space activities on college campus. The design thinking workshop by Sreekanth Rangavajhala, UI/UX Manager at Progress Software has had a visible impact on every maker/hacker in the hall in designing their prototypes. As design is the most crucial part in a product development, the workshop on design thinking is essential for the students tinkering with their models.
The hacking and making continued till 1 PM of the 3rd day, 17th April 2016. The students were seen focused with building amazing prototypes. Hardware, software, cross-platformed prototypes were on their way to get demonstrated as workable projects. The platforms like Arduino, RaspberryPi, Android and many other technologies were meticulously hacked by students in order make some cool products.
The second half of the 3rd day was planned to have the projects demonstrated and awards for the best 3 prototypes. Based on criteria like, Feasibility of the idea, Impact of the idea, Scalability of the product and Level of product completion, 6 teams were awarded with prizes. The students of ACE Engineering college, trained by Collab House, have secured winning positions for their prototypes.
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Centralised Hackathon on IoT.

Arduino/Genuino day at Collab House

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Collab House hosts the most active maker/hacker community in the city. While we say ‘Make with the best in the city’, we bring all the maker/hacker communities around, on to a single platform to work collaboratively. Initiating something takes time and we have got an amazing head-start to penetrate in to the global maker community while adventuring and adopting all technology platforms in the present ‘tech gen’ with an enduring impact.

 

Here at Collab House we celebrated Arduino/Genuino day as a remark of the invention of most adopted Open Source technology, ‘Arduino’. Arduino Day is a worldwide birthday celebration of Arduino and Genuino. People interested in Arduino and Genuino get together, share their experiences, and learn more.

About Arduino:

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Arduino is an open-source prototyping platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs – light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message – and turn it into an output – activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board. To do so you use the Arduino programming language (based on Wiring), and the Arduino Software (IDE), based on Processing.

Over the years Arduino has been the brain of thousands of projects, from everyday objects to complex scientific instruments. A worldwide community of makers – students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals – has gathered around this open-source platform, their contributions have added up to an incredible amount of accessible knowledge that can be of great help to novices and experts alike.

Arduino was born at the Ivrea Interaction Design Institute as an easy tool for fast prototyping, aimed at students without a background in electronics and programming. As soon as it reached a wider community, the Arduino board started changing to adapt to new needs and challenges, differentiating its offer from simple 8-bit boards to products for IoT applications, wearable, 3D printing, and embedded environments. All Arduino boards are completely open-source, empowering users to build them independently and eventually adapt them to their particular needs. The software, too, is open-source, and it is growing through the contributions of users worldwide.

 

At Collab House, we planned a full day event engaging various maker communities in the city. We start off with a an ‘Introduction to Arduino’ and continued with the advancements of the Arduino boards in the past couple of years. Then we had a line of sessions on possibility of projects using Arduino. Later we screened a 5 minute TED talk on Open-Sourcing technology. The energy and excitement of the attendees was visible. It was a classic day with positive vibes all around. The second half had most of the hand-on sessions and people demonstrated the makes and hacks that they have developed using Arduino. It was a knowledge exchanging interval while various communities sharing thier projects with others.

 

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Shakhti Priyan and Prasan Dutt raju had marked this day a memorable one by sharing their immense knowledge and experience with Arduino to all other communities.

 

 

 

Arduino/Genuino day at Collab House

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.

Hands-on with PubNub and RaspberryPi by iRaspberryPi

 

People at iRaspberryPi feel that their community is India’s most innovative group for those interested in Raspberry Pi and it’s applications. They conduct regular Meet-Ups, and have recently started conducting targeted workshops that focus on specific devices, technologies, projects, all around Open Hardware and IoT Based devices such as the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, etc.

 

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The meet-up is a friendly, open for all ages, and focused at beginners as well as intermediate learners of RaspberryPi.

The workshop is on how to use PubNub, python, and the Raspberry Pi together to come one step closer to prototyping for IoT. The more technical takeaway for the workshop is as below:

• A glimpse on electronics, components and sensors
• Cool things that one can build with Raspberry Pi
• The ease to stream realtime data from the Pi to a browser

People worked in groups of 3, and the community has provided all the necessary equipment for the workshop. In order to participate in the hands-on, the only equipment that the attendees had to bring were:

  • Power Cable
  • SD Card
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Laptop

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Nayan and Rakesh has come down with tens of RaspberryPi kits to provide a hands-on experience to every attendee.

People started off with using PubNub and getting insights about it. Nayan and Rakesh helped them to work on their idea to build a prototype. They attendees were divided in to groups of 4. The hacking and making started as soon as the ideation session concluded. People were up with creative yet brilliant ideas. The event concluded with a plan for the next workshop and the technologies that they are going to discuss in the next event.

When? 12th March 2016

What? Session and hands-on workshop on PubNub

Why? To give more insights about RaspberryPi

 

 

 

 

 

Hands-on with PubNub and RaspberryPi by iRaspberryPi

A 5 day training on IoT at ACE Engineering College

 

Collab House has always promoted technical, scientific and artistic skills through projects, collaboration and education including but not limited to encouraging research, knowledge exchange, learning and mentoring with each other and the community at large. Learning activities include understanding maker culture,Internet of Things (IoT), design thinking, prototyping and building things.We believe that the convergence of Internet, Hardware, and Computing will change the course of our personal and professional lives. Having these set of Skills are important for 21st century to build a generation of informed creators.

At Collab House we combine tools, community, and education for the purposes of enabling members to learn, design, prototype and create. The aim is to foster innovative thinking among the youth so they develop the skills to solve the real world problems with a scientific approach.

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JNTU Excite 2015 is a boot camp initiative by JNTU, HYSEA & TASK in association with Collab House to bring faculty, students and industry mentors on a collaborative platform for learning and product prototyping. In order to discover, nurture and refine tech product ideas from engineering students in a collaborative manner, the organisations have planned to implement a pilot of JNTU Excite as a content packed workshop. This has created excitement among budding engineers to play around and open up with ideas, products and product entrepreneurship.

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An Overview of JNTU Excite program.

  • Based on the industry 2-year-projections survey, it is essential for engineering students to focus on latest advancements in hardware as well as software. The specific courses are now being discussed and will soon be defined for addition to the curriculum. While focusing on an active industry participation, faculty development and continuous-assessment of students performance is assessed through TASK. The courses having a strong practical content are delivered in the form of a workshop.
  • A summer workshop for Product engineering has been proposed, to be initiated immediately as a pilot project. The summer workshop will be considered as equivalent to the 2-credit ‘Industry oriented mini-project’ .
  • This will soon be part of the JNTU curriculum as a summer course to be continued as the final year project. Immediate objective is to build practical understanding of product engineering among the engineering students. With a secondary objective of seeding new startups through products proposed and prototyped in the workshop.
  • The workshop proposal has two parts:
    • Faculty Development (product engineering, contemporary technologies like Mobile/cloud, and IoT)
    • Actual summer workshop for students ending with a product prototyping.
  • Faculty development will be taken up through three short workshops by the industry from March to May. The same faculty will be at the summer workshop as mentors to the student teams at the workshop; and will also experience the product engineering workshop closely.

Collab House team mentored at the bootcamp having participation from 25 colleges, 50 faculty and 225 students. Cheers to Prasanna Dutt and team for leading on behalf of Collab House!

We are proud to share that Two of the winning teams are mentored by Collab House team!
* E17­01 ACCIAID Automated Systems
* E19­02 Automated Mobile Key

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Considering the opportunity to make engineering students updated with current trends in technology and entrepreneurship, Collab House in collaboration with Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK), Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association (HYSEA), Educational Institutions and Implementation partners Uptec Idealabs Ltd.and Innovators of India(IoI) have initiated IoT – Makerspace program in Telangana State. We invited participation from colleges for setting up Maker Space on campus.

Maker Space has been conceived with a vision to foster an active collaboration between the Academia, Students and Industry – open all vistas of learning, imbibe a culture of exploring, probing and experimenting and effectively transform the student force into an Industry ready engineering workforce, thought leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Maker Space shall help in facilitate industry participation and build confidence amongst students to collaborate with Industry to build innovative solutions, participate in internships and placements,  an opportunity to be part of the Innovation /entrepreneurship ecosystem which has been limited to very few premiere colleges in India. It will also help in improving skill development and increasing the quality and quantum of placements. The initiative is being supported by a wide consortium of Industry, Academia and Government.

 

The colleges who participated in JNTU-EXCITE 2015 are being the first preference for this registration to set up their on campus maker spaces.

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As the first phase of the programme, Collab House has organised a one week workshop at ACE Engineering college starting form 24th February 2016 and lasting till 1st March 2016. With the prime focus on IoT and electronics, the schedule was filled with content relevant to the latest maker technologies. Prasan Dutt Raju and Shakthi Priyan being the trainers for the curriculum, it was a week of maker fiesta for students from computers and Electronics background.

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The agenda is as listed below:

Day 1:

  • Basics of IoT
  • Micro-controllers
  • Programming languages
  • Overall picture of Connected world
  • A glimpse on Internet base activities.

Introduction to Arduino

  • Comparison of Arduino with previous boards
  • Automating objects and mechanical movements
  • Boards variation, popularity, shields, companies
  • Hands on with basic experiments like LCD, RFID, Buzzer, Analog, digital, PWM.
  • Serial protocols, Serial data, Analog and digital data.
  • Basic programming

Day 2:

 

Introduction to sensors

  • Services with sensors
  • Sensor and human analogy
  • Daily life sensors
  • Hand on with LDR, Ultrasonic, Heat sensor, Accelerometer
  • Arduino with Internet
  • Interfacing between computers, boards and virtual interfaces

Python introduction

  • Serial protocol use for automating
  • Introduction to processing
  • Hands on with Python programming, Python virtual world bride with physical world, twitter feed and Gmail Alert.
Day 3:
  • Raspberry Pi setup Guide.
  • Raspberry pi Sensor server and multimedia
Day 4:
  • Wireless protocols with Arduino and Raspberry Pi
  • IoT protocols
  • Internet and network layers
  • Working with database, cloud computing.

Day 5:

  • Hands-on demos
  • Ideation

These sessions have triggered an avalanche of fresh and off the box ideas among the energetic engineers. The ideas revolved around practical solutions for major concerns of the society. The launch of Maker Space in this particular college would be of enormous significance to make all the ideas turn in to a workable prototypes, creating a step ahead for the students in enhancing their product building ability.

 

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A 5 day training on IoT at ACE Engineering College