When I got exposed to Maker Movement about a year back, it was realization of existence of my own idea. I always wanted to have such a culture and space(Maker Space) around me to explore wide possibilities of making/innovation. I even thought of having fully equipped workshop for engineering / non-engineering students so they can utilized their after school time by engaging themselves with new ideas. Exposure to maker movement gave me different view point about this concept. Maker media then given me access to different types of projects, which I found very interesting and appealing.
Main entity of Maker Movement is Maker Faire, which gives platform to makers to showcase their projects/skills/talent (which most of the time goes unnoticed). To sustain Making culture, appreciation of making skills is necessary, which I suppose Maker Faire does it fairly. ( Till this time I only seen maker faire on internet, electronic media).
It is not the case that we Indians are not aware of making things, rather we are expert in making things (if we looks at our traditional collections). Though we have good skills like handicraft , hand loom etc , we never explore making culture in technology side. If we wish to explore this area of making , then it is necessary for our generation to set right environment and culture. I believe that Maker Movement can help us in setting up right environment .
There are quite few Maker Spaces popping around India, but we still need to have many more Maker Spaces/ Fab Labs around India, at least one in every medium size town. Arranging small small Maker Faires would attract more and more youngsters to these Maker Spaces.
Apart from setting up this infrastructure and creating right mind set among us, it is great responsibility of our generation to fill in the blanks to sustain Maker Eco-system in India.
Following picture shows Eco-system players in USA. Few of the players can become players in Indian Maker Culture too. But then we have to form a league which would take the roles of these players according to Maker Culture of India.
Fill in the Blanks : Please see if you can find the answers to players which have been strike out or are you ready to take that as an opportunity 🙂
Reference : http://dupress.com/articles/a-movement-in-the-making/
Maker spaces which I am aware of (In Maharashtra) :
- Mumbai : www.makersasylum.com
- Pune : http://vigyanashram.com/Inner/InnerPages/FabLab.aspx
I know there must be more maker spaces around, share if you know. Also share if you are aware of Maker Eco system players in India.
Atul N Yadav