Ahmedabad, December 31, 2013: If the organisers have got it right, India may see applications for Google's upcoming Glass platform, ahead of its commercial availability. Inspired by California's wildly popular Maker Faire, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Asha Jadeja brings India a non-commercial event technology and design event the Maker Fest to India this week.
Google's Glass will be introduced to programmers as a private initiative for the first time in IndiaThe Fdst will see an app development competition and hackathon for programmers to create solutions using Glassware, Google's open source operating system. She is expecting this competition to give a running start to Indian entrepreneurs as they launch apps on Glassware before Google's Glass is available to the public. Jadeja wants to put India on the global tech innovation map.
Makers from all over India and some from US will be showcasing their in Ahmedabad, at the National Institute of Design, Jan 4 and 5.
The event is to be inaugurated by technology guru, Sam Pitroda, on January 5 at noon, at NID.
Some of the Makers who will be exhibited at the Fest include child prodigy - Susant Pattnaik - famous for designing a wheelchair which functions on breath sensors, a team that has created state of the art drones, 3-D printers, and (Evomo) - a Rural Mobility Vehicle among many others.
Alongside Maker Fest, Asha has donated a $140,000 Fablab from MIT to the maker community in Ahmedabad. The Fablab is a set of digital fabrication equipment and software to help makers transform their imagination into products. The Fablab is housed at the prestigious CEPT University Ahmedabad and will be open to the public at select hours every day.
MJFF -- the Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation --is expecting to seed invest in social impact innovations as they emerge in next few years between the annual Maker Fest and the Fablab