Rajasthan IT Day
Jaipur, 21st March 2016
Spearheaded by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Rajasthan celebrated it’s first ever IT Day on 21st March 2016. Designed as a platform to promote startups with a special focus on education, e-governance and creating a wider area network through the launch of RajNET, the IT Day proved to be a resounding success. With a long history of entrepreneurship, Rajasthan has given rise to a several industrial houses and large scale enterprises. Rajasthan IT Day has been designed as a platform to push forward small, technology focussed startups with the aim being larger wealth generation as well as employment.
MakersBox, was a critical part of the event wherein we presented a wide range of technology demos and held multiple workshops focussing on everything from robotics, electronics to 3D printing. Our 3D printing booth drew massive crowds as we printed out jewelry in the form of rings and handed them out as give aways. The X-Y Plotter with the integrated laser etcher was yet another success as created art using technology on materials like wood and even a delegate’s card!
Our first workshop for the day was Robotics 101 where we managed to rustle up quite a crowd! The eclectic mix included engineers, IT workers and more. Over the course of an hour, the group created their own personalized ArtBot using paper cups , other craft goods and then gave it life. A lot of fun was had with a fair bit of learning thrown in for good measure.
The remaining two workshops focussed on an introduction to the Arduino and Raspberry Pi single board computers. Led by Harkrishan, the attendees learnt how to interface with the various sensors and how to create their own project. The 3D printing workshop demystified the entire working of the machinery. The group then proceeded to 3D print their own names. This project based approach is an embodiment of our belief that a hands on approach is critical to spur both creativity and learning.
Now this is the way education needs to be done, so that children learn by experience, and not just by reading.
Coming from an electronics engineering background, I was amazed to see the kind of work Maker Box is doing and the way they have simplified learning for students. It is overwhelming to see the response of kids as well as grownups. I am happy to see that people see a future in developing Hardware solutions in India.