Maker Fest’16 in CEPT University, was a grand success & one of the best among those we’ve attended. Trust us when we say this! We have been to multiple Maker events before in Mumbai and Bangalore, but none of them was so amazing, particularly in terms of diversity of the audience.
USP of this Makerfest, undoubtedly, was its crowd. Located in the midst of numerous educational and research institutions in Ahmedabad, CEPT university saw a lot of curious college students from different branches such as Mechanical, Electronics, Designing, Fashion etc. visiting the Makerfest. There was a diverse crowd with age groups varying from School students to entrepreneurs, from little cute kids to sweet 60 and above. We made sure of one thing for everyone who visited us, that they had big smiles on their faces when they left our stall.
We got ample space to exhibit and divided the exhibit area into two sections, Art & Craft and Hardware tech. We also had a hands-on area to motivate everyone to re-create our projects. #BanaaoNow
In our first section, we displayed creative paintings made at Banaao, which attracted a lot of people to our stall. The paintings included Screw painting, Thread painting, Pen-cap painting, Block painting etc. Keeping in line with the true maker spirit & the tagline of makerfest “Stop Looking, Start Making”, we wanted everyone to make and therefore, we had ‘Hands-on’ DIY thread painting at our stall in which people made striking designs using a sewing thread! This was the best part. People were so excited to do it. They made queues to get their hands “dirty” with paint colours. Everyone, especially small children, was super excited to learn thread painting and when they actually tried, they couldn’t believe how well most of them could paint! It was gratifying to see happiness and excitement among our crowd! Unbelievably, we taught thread painting to more than 200 people individually. No doubt we almost skipped our lunch every day!! Although tiring, it was so good to see the excitement in their eyes when they posed for photographs along with their beautiful thread paintings.
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Our other section of ‘Banaao’ exhibit consisted of creative tech projects, both electronics and mechanical. The most prominent ones were ‘Interactive Mat’ and ‘Business Card Flashlight’. They were exceptional use cases of interactive electronics. People were also amazed to see Prototyping Material ‘Polymorph’, as well as the Electronics hack section in which we displayed various disassembled circuits and EL wire!
It was fun to see people’s reaction when we asked them to step on the Mat that was kept next to our stall. We had to assure some people that ‘it isn’t a Bomb, don’t be scared, go ahead’.
As they stepped on our Interactive Mat, it rang the classic ‘Ding-dong’ bell – ‘Our way of saying BelCome’, it brought about a nice laughter of their faces. And once stepped, people were delighted to step on it again and again. People also saw it of great use at their homes! Although we were not selling it then, we were requested by many to take an order. Therefore, to all those and everyone else, your WISH has come true! You can now buy an Interactive Mat for your home. Follow this URL –
We also conducted a ‘Paper Circuits’ workshop in which we taught people ‘How to make a Business Card Torchlight’ by themselves.
We were also requested by many people to conduct Workshops & open up a Makerspace in Ahmedabad. We assure all of you that we would surely consider your suggestions and work on our expansion plans accordingly. On top of everything, we were featured by ‘Chaaipani’, an online News Media start-up which was awesome too! The story will be published soon.
Last but not the least, one big THANK YOU to the Organising team, Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation (MJFF) & Volunteers of Makerfest. They did an awesome job in catering to all our requirements. Whether it was about helping us in setting up our exhibit or quickly getting us A4 sheets or arranging for us the much-needed LEDs for our ‘Glowy Mat’, volunteers played a big role in our successful exhibit as well as the in the success of Makerfest as a whole. Kudos to you guys!
Overall, it was an amazing experience for us – team ‘Banaao’. Our belief in our Makerspace concept grew stronger with some amazing feedbacks and comments from the audience. We would love to be there again next year. Hope to see you all again!
Till then, Ābhāra! (Thank you in Gujarati)