Over 150 inventors to gather in Gujarat for ‘Maker Fest’

Over 150 inventors and innovators from across the country will converge at the "Maker Fest", to be held at the National Institute of Design on January 4-5. The fest is a derivative of California's wildly popular "Maker Faire", which was flagged off in 2006 to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset". The event, which celebrates innovation and creativity, is now a regular phenomenon across US, Europe and Africa.

Inspired by "Maker Faire", Silicon Valley venture capitalist and founder of The Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation in Palo Alto (USA), Asha Jadeja Motwani, has organised the fest which will be open to the public.

The event will be inaugurated by India's eminent innovation entrepreneur and tech guru Sam Pitroda, chairman of the National Innovation Council and Adviser to the Prime Minister. An app development competition and hackathon for programmers to create solutions using Glassware, Google's open source operating system, will also be flagged off.

"We are planning to call around 150 makers for the fair in a bid to honour local inventors and thinkers of our times. The event is a gift to the city and we are sure that the next edition will see more enthusiasm," said California-based Motwani, who is organising the event through her foundation that funds innovation and facilitates development needs worldwide. Born and raised in Ahmedabad, Motwani is a CEPT University alumnus. She founded the Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation (MJFF) based on the pioneering spirit of her late husband Rajeev Motwani, one of the mentors of Google's founder and one of its early investors, who is well known for his role as a catalyst and adviser to many start-ups in the Silicon Valley ecosystem.

The event will see 80 Indian innovators rub shoulders with many foreign makers and the event will also host children from schools across the city. 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.

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