The maker culture is a trend in which a group of individuals come together to create and market products. These products are recreated and assembled using electronic, plastic, silicon or virtually any raw material and/or product from a computer-related device. It leans towards the idea of Experiential learning which means things are best done through doing.
A maker community is a present-day subculture, which represents a technology-based extension of DIY( Do It Yourself) culture. The Do-It-With-Others is growing quite popular these days, as collaboration makes learning fun and builds knowledge - along with your network.
MAKER MOVEMENT IN INDIA
The trend has caught up in India recently but is growing leaps and bounds. It has only been a few years since India has come up with the maker community, considering it as a playground for innovative minds. In the recent years, there have risen a couple of communities that work towards providing equipment and space for it users to innovate products. Leading market players like Robocraze provide components and products at reasonable prices in a notion to support Innovation.
As the maker community is growing, more opportunities are being built for people with skill sets to - contribute, learn and grow. In the coming years, the Indian Maker Community will be set to even take on large companies.
4 REASONS WHY THE MAKER MOVEMENT IS FOR EVERY INNOVATOR:
- Learn new Skills: For all the creative minds, Maker Communities are the right place for learning and self-discovery. They provide an excellent opportunity, by giving access to the necessary equipment and expertise. They provide a richer learning experience and support, something that an innovative soul cannot miss.
- DIY Projects and ‘Jugaad’: Jugaad is an improvisation or a ‘band-aid’ solution that may be used to promote your development process. ‘Frugal innovation’ is a blended approach to innovation.
- Innovation Ecosystem: The maker movement connects members to broader players in the innovation ecosystem such as corporate sponsors, technology providers, systems integrators and government agencies. Smart makers can build viable business plans and product feasibility maps by connecting and building a network.
- You will learn to accept failure – and that’s a really good thing: The Maker Concept fosters a natural curiosity and perseverance when faced with challenges. When all pressure is relieved, we can un-learn that creativity-stifling message that failure somehow makes you bad at something. After all, ‘Failure is Success in Progress’.
India has a pretty strong maker movement, and it is anticipated that it is only going to get stronger in the upcoming years. The introduction of technology with the add-on accessibility to purchase products online at reasonable prices has made makers from all over the country to create communities, leading to the origin of innovative products and start-ups.