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

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.

Startup Grind with Naidu Darapaneni

 

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Collab House is a hub for startups and related activities. Every weekend, we host prominent personalities and open communities to engage people from startup community of Hyderabad. Startup Grind is one such global initiative and Collab House is the hosting partner of Hyderabad chapter for Startup Grind.

Startup Grind is an event series and website designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn’t, and what they’ll do differently next time. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.

Chennapanaidu Darapaneni, a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of MeraEvents.com, the online event listing, promotions and ticketing portal that revolutionized the event industry by effectively bridging the gap between the event organizers and attendees. Several products like MeraEvents, MoozUp, EasyTag, Digibroc, and Planica, which are operating under the umbrella of Versant Online Solutions, are also the brainchild of Naidu Darapaneni.

With over 18 years of experience in the IT industry on various capacities Chennapanaidu Darapaneni and has always emphasized on finding the right and innovation solution for all the problems and create a win-win situation for everyone he is associated with.

Naidu started his career as a Software Engineer who worked in various roles in various technologies in India and abroad before exploring his opportunities as an entrepreneur with the Versant Technologies Inc. in year 2000 in USA, which subsequently expanded its operations in India in 2004.

“A person who sees an opportunity in a problem is someone who can come up with innovative solutions and achieve success,” is the secret motto that has driven Naidu. He found a gap in the event space and was determined to fill the same with the bouquet of MeraEvents. The journey has been eventful. He hived off Versant Technologies. Before hanging up his boots in the hardcore technology realm, he bootstrapped another venture, Versant Online Solutions, the mother of MeraEvents, which has several other sibling products.
Branding, hiring and funding are the three fundamental areas he handles in his venture. Under his stewardship, MeraEvents began making rapid strides into its upward journey with big-ticket deals in its kitty. From accounting to auditing, and from technology to ticket sale, Naidu Darapaneni is Jack of all trades. He is trying to be Master of all too. Currently member in HYSEA, TiE Hyderabad, NASSCOM etc., has inspired many budding entrepreneurs and encourages intrapreneurs within the organization.

Naidu Darapaneni has inspired everyone in the hall with his success story with every venture that he has taken up and the obstacles that he has dodged and tackled on his way to success. There was a networking session among all the attendees after the talk.

Startup Grind with Naidu Darapaneni

iRaspberryPi Meetup.

Collab House has a great foot fall of people who play with programming Boards. Being the most active maker/hacker space in the city, Collab House hosts the meetups and workshops of iRaspberryPi community.

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iRaspberryPi, is an active community of students and working professionals who meet-up frequently to teach and learn from the community members and also discuss about the progress in their respective projects. iRaspberryPi community majorly works on RaspberryPi based projects and provides technological support to hackers working on RaspberryPi.

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On 23rd April 2016, iRaspberryPi organised their monthly meet-up at Collab House. The agenda included a couple of sessions on ‘ThingBox’, the open sourced platform for IoT makers. The recent release of RaspberryPi 3 and the team getting along a couple of them has created more excitement among the makers in the hall.

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First visit of Raspberry Pi3 to Collab House.

 

In second half of the session, people teamed up among themselves to brainstorm on new recipes. The idea validation would enable teams to select the like minded people to be part of their team and start working on their respective projects.

 

 

 

 

iRaspberryPi Meetup.

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.

 

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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”.

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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.

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.

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