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.
CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment, a social space where people can go to explore technology together and get advice and support from skilled mentors. In Dojos young people get the opportunity to make apps, websites, games, play with robotics and more. In addition to learning to code attendees meet like minded people and are exposed to the possibilities of technology.
“CoderDojo is about encouraging creativity and having fun in a relaxed, social environment.”
Within the CoderDojo Movement there is a focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self led learning, with an emphasis on showing how coding is a force for change in the world. The global CoderDojo community is supported by the CoderDojo Foundation. The CoderDojo Foundation consists of a core team based primarily in Dublin, Ireland. Founded by the co-founder of the very first CoderDojo James Whelton, the Foundation is focused on supporting new and existing Dojos through resource and community development while also scaling CoderDojo through partnerships and creating awareness globally.
The chapter of Codedojo in the city starts at Collab House. As people know Collab House as the hub of activities for open tech communities, we’ve double quoted our mission once again by embracing one of the most prominent programming community globally, ‘CoderDojo’. The alignment of ideology between Coderdojo and Collab House is the most essential reason for starting this initiative. On our goal of creating the global hub of connected communities, now we have another member in our team.
The chapter or a regional community of Coderdojo is called a ‘Dojo’, there are more than 1000 Dojos world wide, spanning across 63 countries. Named as ‘Hyderabad@CollabHouse’, Coderdojo-Hyderabad would be having an event every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Young people from various backgrounds would be invited to learn about programming, electronics and robotics.
On 1st of June 2016, Collab House hosted the first event of CoderDojo-Hyderabad. With the well planned agenda and strategic time frame, the event was super exciting for all the attendees. We’ve had a session on design thinking for prototyping an electronics project and then jumped off with building prototypes using Arduino. The session on Arduino programming was the most energetic with every student beaming with the entusiam to learn stuff and build cool projects.
Harsha is the organiser of this dojo and we have many exciting things under pipeline for the coming events of Coderdojo-Hyderabad.
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.
IoT day is a worldwide event bringing together makers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and citizens to discuss, design and develop the emerging projects and trends in Internet of Things. Initiated in 2011 by IoT Council and Postscapes, the event has grown in scale and scope to match the growing interest in the subject.
Since its inception in 2011, April 9 has been observed by a niche audience as global IoT Day in honor of the “Internet of Things,” which is projected to comprise some 50 billion connected devices by 2020.
According to organisers at the IoT Council: “Anyone is free to create an IoT Day event in your local community. It doesn’t matter whether you are participating from an entrepreneur, engineer, industrial designer or novice perspective: the events will offer different types of activities tailored to local audiences form around the world. The time is now to start having the important conversations on the technologies, security, data privacy and enormous potential that an ‘Internet of Things’ is capable of.”
Collab House is a hub of activity in the city for IoT and hardware related stuff. Collab House hosted the first ever ‘IoT day’ in India, bringing together most prominent maker/hacker communities in the city on to a single platform for networking and collaborations. Hardware communities like Hackster, iRaspberryPi, Potential labs, Maker Club, Firefox Connected Devices, Arduino Community have come together to demonstrate their products and share their insights regarding the present global trends of ‘Internet of Things’. The hall was reverberating with talks and discussions on the cutting edge technologies and the projects that they are working on. When people people shared their vision on making the society a better place to live while connecting the global communities through connected devices, other members in the hall had put together their hands to help them.
Hereby, Collab House promises to come up with many such initiatives in making this world, a better place to live through technology and connected communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Openness has always been the primary motto for Collab House to collaborate with a community, being the most open community in terms of their products and even projects, Mozilla has been one of the indispensable communities housed at our space. Mozilla has released numerous products Viz. Firefox Browser, Firefox OS. etc all of which are open sourced.
With respect to the recent updates on the new project that Mozilla has initiated, to penetrate in to ‘Internet of Things’ space (Project ‘Connected Devices’), Collab House in association with Mozilla Hyderabad community has held an event focusing on Developer boards like Raspberry Pi and Arduino and also the advantages of using Firefox OS to run these programmable boards.
Harsha Vardhan and Ram Dayal Vaishnav has been part of the Summits held by Mozilla, where the new project of ‘Connected Devices’ has been rolled out. They were trained to campaign into and teach their local community members on the recent advancements and projects of Mozilla. In association with Mozilla Hyderabad Community, Collab House has successfully housed a session cum workshop on Connected Devices.
The event started off with the basics of ‘Internet of Things’ by Prasan Dutt, Curriculum trainer and mentor at Maker Club( Maker and IoT community incubated at Collab House). He explained about how the whole world could be connected and accessed via web. The concept of automating every day activities was well delivered to the audience.
The session was then continued by Ram Dayal with all the domains where ‘Internet of Things’ can be applied. Namely:
Farming . etc
Having done with the application of IoT, Ram Dayal then explained about the functioning of various programmable boards like Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Beagle bone etc. This track was very much concept oriented with the functionality of various programmable boards and the difference between each of these Programmable electronic boards. The maker moment has started and we are going to be part of it for the generations to come. The QA session for clearing the doubts of the audience was pretty interactive with every one in the hall having a basic idea on these boards. Simplicity being the ultimate sophistication, the crowd was much interested to know how simple the world could become with all the devices around them, connected over a platform.
The introduction of Firefox OS has created more curiosity among the attendees. The audience were then presented with the mission and motto behind the launch of Firefox OS for mobile and how the focus to Connected Devices could make our world simpler than before. Using the HTML5 Technology, Firefox OS is the most simple and powerful OS to work on. Mozilla has standardized all the APIs developed for Firefox OS, creating an opportunity for developers aka makers to come up with path breaking ideas turning into revolutionizing products. The advantages of using Firefox OS for developing ‘Connected Devices’ was well delivered to the crowd creating an interest among the audience.
The demonstrations of various makes by Prasan Dutt using Raspberry Pi and Arduino has made the session more interesting and engaging. The demonstrations included projects like:
Raspberry Pi enabled mobile phone.
Bluetooth enabled switch to trigger a signal( Using Arduino).
# tag detection using Twitter API
Calling Web APIs
An Arduino Mouse .etc
The hand-on was fun with energetic audience having amazing enthusiasm to learn more about ‘Connected Devices’.
We promise to house many events and Hackathons of this kind in collaboration with Mozilla Hyderabad community to promote the mission of Mozilla in whole. “Keeping the web Open and Accessible” is what we also believe as our core value.
What? A session cum workshop on IoT using Firefox OS
Why? The event is aimed at educating and promoting the use of Firefox OS in Internet of Things.
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 or projects, all centered around Open Hardware based or IoT Based devices such as the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, etc.
The meetup is friendly, open for all ages, and focused at beginners as well as intermediate learners.
Starting off with the evolution of the Pi, the agenda was rigidly structured for the day.
• Help beginners to set up their RPis
• Pi software and hardware introductions with an example
• RPI – GPIO and ways to access them.
• LED and Fan turning on/off
• HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Distance Measuring Sensor
• Project: Occupancy based appliance controlling
• Twitter integration with Pi
• Motion Detection using Pi
• Showing off your Pi!
With the introduction and demonstration of astonishing makes using Raspberry Pi, people in the hall were spellbound and unstoppable to put their hand on, prepare a recipe and hack the Raspberry Pi which is handed over to them. Interactions, knowledge sharing conversations and a lot of fun all together has made this meetup a worthy memory to last till the next meetup of this kind.
Please join the meetup group of iRaspberryPi to be part the amazing events which are going happen in the coming months.
What? The second session on introduction to RaspberryPi by the organization iRaspberryPi
Why? To create awareness among Hyderabad Maker Community a about the advancements in maker and hacker technologies.