Maker Week: Bringing Swiss Making to India
In this part of the blog series, we will be looking at the Swiss making community, and the program that has been designed to bring the Swiss and Indian makers together.
While making is a recent movement in world history, Switzerland has held this movement very closely to its education model through vocational education training and a strong presence of making communities in universities (Makerspace and Hackuarium).
swissnex India saw this as an opportunity to connect the two ecosystems, and undertook several initiatives. In 2015, together with The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), we organized the Enable Makeathon which had business bootcamp and maker days along with experts from the Cybathlon team from Switzerland. In 2017, we published a report on Making in India that covers key maker organisations in the country (to be covered in detail in part 3 of this blog series).
In November 2018, swissnex India plans to host a Maker Week: Hardware Acceleration India programme. This programme is for Swiss startups/ companies to visit India for a week to explore partnerships in the manufacturing sector with the primary goal of externalizing their supply and also serving as the soft-landing pad for them to validate the Indian market.
This programme is for the leading Swiss innovation ecosystem players from academia, accelerators, investors or makerspaces to meet leading stakeholders from the Indian ecosystem.
If you are interested in knowing more about the program, click here.
If you would like to understand the Indian makerspaces in greater depth, continue to the next part of the blog series.
If you are a startup and would like to know how this Hardware camp can help you, jump to part 4.