What is MakerFest?
MakerFest is the Indian continuation of Maker Faire hosted across America, Europe, Africa and Japan. Maker Faire, which launched in California in 2006, now hosts hundreds of thousands attendees. It is the amalgamation of festivals celebrating the innovators and an art show with booths for inventors, demonstrations, and workshops for attendees.
Stretching from every corner of India, Maker Fest is about developing a great maker community where people can learn and share about making. Creators, artists and hobbyists across the country are invited to present their contemporary applications of ideas using the vast ocean of art, science and technology. It is brought to the city by Silicon Valley-based Venture Capitalist and founder of the Motwani Jadeja Foundation - Ms. Asha Jadeja along with Yuvalay ELab and MS University.
We believe that some makers may start small, but could have an enormous impact even globally. That is why this platform is provided to bring all the creations of ‘makers’ out from their homes to the light.
For example : a tinkerer in the village of Chotila plays around with a few materials and designs and comes up with a fabulous local refrigerator – now widely adopted and recognized as Mittikool.
Founder VisionOur vision is to catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship in India at the grassroots level. I’ve attended the California Maker Faire with my children for many years so I’ve seen the impact it can have. Maker Faires are filled with people like you and me who are just making things at home and when they get the chance to share their projects and find collaborators, great new products and companies emerge. We hope this will be the first of many events, and that Maker Fest will spread across India to showcase makers, tinkerers, and do-ers of every stripe.
– Asha Jadeja
AN INITIATIVE OF
Motwani Jadeja Foundation
The Motwani Jadeja Foundation (MJF) is a charitable organization focused on supporting entrepreneurs in under-served pockets of the world and promoting the development of world-class education, innovation, and empowerment of people particularly in India, Africa and the United States.
They care about investing in projects with a high impact in Education, the Maker Movement and Women’s rights. Located in the Bay Area, NYC and India, their footprint expands around the world. Their background and network has deep roots throughout Google and Stanford, from where we’ve developed different opportunities that are helping bridge gaps and contribute to social problems
Yuvalay E-Lab, an initiative of Yuvalay Charitable Trust, aims to provide people with a platform to convert their ideas into reality. At Yuvalay E-Lab we believe in a community-based knowledge sharing where people with knowledge in different areas learn from each other. Anyone can come here and work on a DIY project, learn how things work, or create something entirely new! To facilitate this, the lab has been equipped with various tools and equipment and organize regular technical workshops. Additionally, the lab also offers community support. These community members constitute of people from all walks of life, including students, experts, professionals, mentors and belong to various backgrounds like science, music, engineering and arts. Apart form this, workshops, expert talks and meetups are also organized at the lab.
Yuvalay Charitable Trust also runs “Individual Development Centre” with an aim to transform the youth to be winners in their personal as well as professional lives. It helps the youth to be equipped with the skills required for developing their overall personality through the medium of Trainings, Workshops, One on One Counselling and Industrial Visits.
Faculty of Technology & MSU
India's internationally renowned The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (1949) has blossomed from the Baroda College (1881) which is one of the oldest centres of learning in western India. MSU is the only state University with a residential, unitary character having English as sole medium of instruction with more than 1200 well-qualified faculty members and 1500 administrative staff to facilitate the learning of more than 35000 students having cosmopolitan life on campus.
The Faculty of Technology and Engineering as it stands today formed along with the establishment of the Maharaja Sayajirao University in 1949 is an outgrowth of what was popularly known as the "Kala Bhavan Technical Institute" (KBTI) established in June 1890 by his late Highness The Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda state. In May 1990, it completed 100 years of glorious services for the cause of Technical Education.