A party for the makers

By Nikhil Kanakamedala

It was just like any other day or any other Sunday for that matter. But for Madras Institute of Technology, Mozilla enthusiasts and learners all over, it was party time. A party to learn, teach and make!

Maker Party, Mozilla’s global campaign to teach the world the web came to Chennai for the first time and MIT is proud to have hosted this grand event.

When I reached Hangar 1, MIT at 9am on 14th September, the place was happening. Stalls were being raised, pedestal fans were being set up and concerns were being addressed. I was standing still in a corner but I felt like moving. The chairman of CSMIT scampered hither and thither for the next hour until the party finally kick started a little after 10am. MozMIT also played a crucial role in making the event happen.

There were 15 stalls set up by organisations like Wikimedia, Redd Robotics, GDG Chennai, Simple labs, Brix, Null security systems etc. There were also individuals who contributed to this global movement. Greema Michael’s Vibrant Hue Art was one of the best stalls at Maker Party Chennai. Her works of Impression art and Nebula art, a form of art without the artist’s direct contact with the paper were showcased. Art enthusiasts flocked in numbers to witness her live demonstration. A short video can be found here.

Wikimedia provided an insight into the various Wiki projects, specifically Wikipedia and Wikisource. 3D printing by Redd Robotics was crowded throughout the event. The fact that you could print physical objects was fascinating. Nearby, students from SRM University exhibited their Humanoid robot which they claimed the tallest biped in India. ‘DIY’ Electronics attracted people with their Mind controlled bot which sensed your brain activity to move the robot forward or backward. And hence it was proved that studious students had continuous brain activity at all times. They just couldn’t relax!

Hangar 1 is known to generate heat. To be frank it wasn’t so hot outside. By 11am, the table fans had reached saturation and people resorted to use their handkerchief and some their bare hands to cool themselves. Also at around this time, the Quadcopter was put into action. It glided past the other stalls and stole the attention of various onlookers. A smart person beside me wanted to touch it.

He asked, ‘How much would that cost?’

‘About 1.5 lakh’, came the reply.

‘Err…looking is as good as touching’, I heard him mumble to himself.

At 1.30pm, GDG Chennai demonstrated Google glass which is one of the most advanced devices man has ever produced.

Overall, The Maker Party Chennai was one of a kind and made us realize the fun in learning, teaching and making.

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By Nikhil Kanakamedala

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