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.
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.
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.
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.