Think of an auto rickshaw mixed with the car from Back to the Future. Add the tools from a maker space and the curriculum from a science or engineering class you wish you had in school. Now take that and set it in the heart of Mumbai. The Maker Auto will be a mobile link between the Makers’ Asylum (makersasylum.com) and the greater community of Mumbai. We will be conducting workshops in collaboration with a variety of community groups, neighborhood associations, and nonprofit educational organizations from throughout the city.
The excitement and energy about innovation and building things in a maker-space is palpable, but how far can we extend that excitement? How can we bring that creativity energy to collaborations in the greater community of a Mumbai? India has countless people who make their living building things, but physical building activities are not often viewed as a respectable career path. Handwork is often associated with low wages and is not respected by many of India’s educated elite. Can we show the greater community that making and building things by is an essential part of some of the best innovations? Let’s work together to build a mobile platform for making collaboration to expand our community of change-makers.