Making is in our heart, we can all innovate and invent, but get stuck in our own conversations. When we are children we are busy getting the best score in schools, when at work we want to be the best at it, and when retired we want to enjoy our lives, our inspiration for innovation and invention takes a back seat. With this in Mind, the Team at MakersBox decided to do India’s largest Ideathon, and we did it.
Karnal is a counter magnetic city to the National Capital Region of Delhi and is about 137 kilometres from the city. Believed to be the town of Raja Karna from Mahabharata, today Karnal is called the Rice Bowl of the country. As per the last survey done in 2011, Karnal has a population of 1,505,324. Karnal has 22 Government Schools and our Competition is spanning all these schools from where the 1000 children participated.
Dr. J Ganesan, IAS the Deputy Commissioner of Karnal is one of the most progressive men we have worked with till now at MakersBox, he was very keen when we shared the idea of doing what we wanted to do, and he extended a welcoming hand as well as helped us organise the event.
The Ideathon saw 1000 (Yes, One Thousand) Girl children from various Government Schools in Karnal, come together at Kalidas Rangshala for the Event. We had Harpreet Kaur Sapra, Dhruv Bhutani and Harkrishan Singh from our Team at MakersBox, as well as Varun Heta from Nuts N Boltz and Jasmeet Singh from JMoon MakerSpace who came together to make a 2 Hour presentation of different things that they have made and how every one can be an Innovator and Inventor.
After a 2 Hour presentation, The Children were asked to fill a feedback form, and we got 700 different ideas. These Ideas were then shortlisted by our Makers, Volunteers and Engineers for feasibility and skill that these children have. A 135 children have been shortlisted who will now participate in a 2 Day Maker Event, on the 24th and the 25th of December 2015 at Karnal, where our Makers, Volunteers and Engineers will help these Children make their ideas into reality.
Students of government schools are deprived of such experiences where they come face to face with innovators and a chance to build their own dream.
Children from the grassroots are full of innovative ideas and MakersBox is offering them a positive platform. While a large section of urban population has various modern day technologies villagers face life challenges. We at MakersBox with direct access to training and our partners are working to make children familiar with digital innovation to help them shape their future and bring their ideas to life.