CoderDojo steps in Hyderabad.

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.

CoderDojo steps in Hyderabad.

Catching the Sun, with the makers at Collab House

We at Collab House have hosted a screening of the documentary ‘Catching the Sun’ and had a discussion on making technologies to tap sustainable energy resources. The event happened on 7th May, 2016 engaging the amazing maker community at our space.


Catching the Sun is a documentary by Shalini Kantayya, American film maker of Indian origin. It is a narration of an unemployed American worker, a Tea Party activist, and a Chinese solar entrepreneur race to lead the clean energy future.

Documentaries are a powerful way to bring people together, engage conversation, and inspire real change. Catching the Sun is being released at tipping point in a global transition to renewable energy. Clean energy solutions like solar is becoming more affordable and accessible than ever, and it has utility companies shaking in their boots. All over the globe, battles are being waged for who will control power in the 21st century.

Solutions like solar have the potential to put power in the hands of the people—both literally and figuratively. An informed public, lead by ordinary citizens like you and me, can push for the local and national policies that can transform our economy. Transitioning to powering our economy off renewable energy isn’t only about creating the life-saving solutions that we desperately need to combat climate change. It’s about unleashing human imagination, innovation, national competitiveness, and the largest wealth creation opportunity of our time.

By hosting a screening of Catching the Sun, we are taking a step to incite collective action towards clean energy solutions that are accessible to all. Future generations are depending on us to make this change. And the good news is that the clean energy future is full of hope—not just for the planet, for the people too.


There were some critical questions posed at the attendees, the makers of Hyderabad community. A few of them are below:

  • Reflections on the film – What was striking or memorable and how do you think it relates to our community?
  • What solar programs exist in our area for low income families?
  • What are some recent environmental victories related to issues in the film?
  • What are people at this event working on over the next 6 months – 2 years?
  • How can people get involved in local movements and stay in touch with each other?
  • What are steps we can take together to promote the green economy in our community?
  • How have our local officials voted regarding clean energy and the economy?
  • Who are the top energy polluters in our area? Are they held accountable?




 The perspective of every one in the hall were collected and everyone have promised to take certain steps, though little contributions, could save our planet gradually.

“A must-see film. An eye-opening look at workers and entrepreneurs on the forefront of the clean energy movement that will transform, and enliven the way you see the future. What is clear is the wonderful opportunity the transition to clean energy represents.” – MARK RUFFALO

Catching the Sun, with the makers at Collab House

CEO of Collab House, gets featured in Entrepreneur magazine.

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.

CEO of Collab House, gets featured in Entrepreneur magazine.

Collab House partners with Startup Saturday


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.

Panel Members:

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.


Collab House partners with Startup Saturday

Hackers’ Summit


Celebrating Hacking with the Hacker community is the main idea of Hackers Summit. It brings celebrated hackers and startups together to build momentum and opportunity around hacking events. By celebrating the spirit of hacking community in India, it has been a Hacking Carnival.


The line of Amazing Technology speakers

There were talks featuring celebrated Hackers , Deep-dive tech sessions in unconference style, acknowledging winners of various hacking events, a Hackathon of Hackathons and a Hackers Hiring event.

The focus of the hackathon is on building an IoT prototype under the theme of ‘Smart Cities’

Speakers from the Hackers community, and outside, are brought in to share their story. Hacker-unconference sessions with hacker/open-source thought leaders on emerging technologies and hacking tips/tricks in Cloud, Mobile, IoT, security, JS and more. It is a gathering and community of people who share values and a bigger vision of the impact they want to have on the world. The unconference does not fit into a particular track. The beauty of the unconference is that we hand-pick a variety of people from different industries, genres, ages and countries.


Manish, Mozilla Representative, speaking about ‘Rust’ Language

After the end of the Hackathon, a hiring event led by ‘Headstart Higher’ had enabled a bunch of Sought of startups of the city to recruited few brilliant participants.

The event has created a huge impact on the hacker community of Hyderabad and enabled many Hackers of Hyderabad to create platform to build bright future.


What? Hackers’ Summit presented by HYSEA

Why? A 48 hour hackathon on IoT and smart cities

When? 9-11  July 2015

Where?  IIIT Hyderabad Campus, Gachibowli




Hackers’ Summit