Maker’s Asylum is a community space focussed on fostering innovation through hands on learning. It also provides access to an ecosystem of stakeholders which includes Governments, Businesses, Incubators/Accelerators, Investors and subject matter experts. The space houses various labs that are co-located in order facilitate prototyping of ideas that are interdisciplinary in nature.
This space started out of a garage in Bandra (Mumbai) 5 years ago, in fact one of the first makerspaces in the country and has now become a popular community space to build prototypes, products etc and also houses the community of artists, designers, engineers who are building indigenous products. Here is a link to the story of the evolution in case you would like to take a look https://www.makersasylum.com/our-story/.
Maker’s Asylum has its flagship spaces located in Mumbai and Delhi and in October 2018 it launched the third space in collaboration with the French Embassy in Jaipur. The Jaipur Textile Lab for Women as the name suggests is created to support the women artisans in and around Jaipur and will focus on research on smart textiles, sustainable textiles, natural/organic dyes and integration of digital fabrication tools in traditional processes.
Maker’s Asylum has also been running its annual flagship program STEAM School - a project based learning program in collaboration with its French partners, the Center of Research & Interdisciplinarity and the French Embassy since 2016 in India which is focussed on bringing together various stakeholders which include, entrepreneurs, students, universities and corporate organisations, to work on solving problems that aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Every year this program hosts about 100 young leaders from across the world and Maker’s Asylum will be hosting the same in different countries starting 2019. The STEAM School was also one of the 14 initiatives that was presented to the French President and his wife, Emmanuel & Brigitte Macron, during their recent visit to India in May 2018.
Maker’s Asylum has also been engaged in working with the differently abled community through its program STEAM Fabrikarium. Projects such as Flying wheelchairs for paraplegics have been designed during this program and are now being tested in other countries currently. In February 2018, 15 differently abled individuals came together as participants for this program and spent 5 days working with the other participants on projects such as bionic hands, braille printer and cosmetic prosthetic hands.
Maker’s Asylum will be focussed on driving community engagement under our two verticals - Access to Infrastructure (via tools/equipments) and Access to Education (under the brand of STEAM School). Maker’s Asylum Junior will also be integrated as part of our community space (which has already started) and will focus on alternative learning for kids. Our goal is to eventually become an Open University where crazy ideas can thrive and break the barriers of traditional thought/methodology of education.
Few notable partners of Maker’s Asylum in the past : Godrej, Airbus, Dassault Systemes, Autodesk, Renault Groupe, Naval Group, emlyon Business School, Institut Mines-Telecom (Consortium of French Engineering universities), ISDI, UNESCO, Fab Foundation, Center of Research and Interdisciplinarity, Paris.
Version 1: EyeNetra
Maker’s Asylum began when the ceiling of EyeNetra’s office in Mumbai fell down and broke all the furniture. Vaibhav, a carpenter by passion, hit social media looking for like-minded people in the city to join him in rebuilding the tables for his office. On November 7, 2013, eight DIY enthusiasts turned up at EyeNetra’s office and they made 3 tables on the first day. They decided to meet every Sunday and continue to build other fun things as well. The nascent community started to volunteer their tools and soon they ran out of space in the back room. They called that room — the Asylum.
Version 2: Bandra Garage
Vaibhav met Anool at MakerFest in January 2014. Their love for making clicked instantly. Since the backroom was running out of space, Kirti, a former co-founder of the Asylum, offered her garage in Bandra to continue our activities. The garage was Maker’s Asylum’s first official address, openseven days a week. The mission: to break and make. It was the first open makerspace in India.
Version 3: ISDI
The community kept growing in Bandra but was limited by space: 250 square feet. was proving to be too small. Vaibhav tried every possible option in his search for an affordable space in a space-crunched city. Finally, he met Soumitra and Siddharth at ISDI. They offered their support and space. The Asylum found a new location in Lower Parel’s corporate district.
Version 3.1: Delhi
Vaibhav is a Delhi boy who started building tables in his basement before he even knew what the definition of the maker movement was. A few of the problems he encountered while build the table was that he had to spend more on tools than materials and found himself with no one to turn to when faced with a glitch. Maker’s Asylum, Delhi, was born to ensure this doesn’t happen to anyone else. The enthusiastic community in the capital is a 2000-sq ft haven for makers.
Version 4: Andheri
The Asylum has a spanking new home and it’s bigger than ever! Our biggest source of strength has always been the community’s support. We turned once again to a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo to raise funds to rent a new space. Thanks to supporters around the world, we managed to raise enough to invest in your new and improved makerspace — 6,000 square feet of space in Andheri’s industrial district, inclusive of an open-air terrace.
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