Hyderabad, home to India’s largest start-up incubator, is on course to host the country’s largest makerspace, T-Works, by December 2018.
“By this time next year, [it] should be ready. I believe it is going to change the way we do business with respect to design in hardware space in India,” IT and Industries Minister K.T. Rama Rao said. Work on the 2,50,000 sq ft facility has begun, he added.
Like T-Hub incubator, the design and prototype development facility taking shape in the IT hub of the city has been conceived on a collaborative platform that has the State government and partner institutions from the private sector. The latter would provide the tools, software and equipment.
There are three partners for now and their numbers are only set to increase, the Minister said at the 17th India Design Summit that got underway here on Tuesday. Describing T-Works, he said it would allow almost anyone with an idea, irrespective of their age and educational qualification, to collaborate with other talented individuals to convert their ideas into designs and, thereafter, into a working prototype.
The facility will house equipment worth $20 million. “We will have CNC machines, cutting machines of all kinds, welding and carpentry tools, and 3D printers of all ranges to help build prototypes. T-Works will be open on non-discriminatory basis to every Indian,” the Minister said at the 17th India Design Summit that got underway here on Tuesday.
While inspiration for T-Works has been drawn from makerspaces globally, the focus is on creating a unique institution, he said. It could also accommodate the India Design Centre, something that India Design Forum founder Rajshree Pathy, in her speech, urged Telangana to consider and for which IIT-Hyderabad Director Uday Desai has offered assistance.
Noting that T-Works would become a cornerstone in heralding the new wave of entrepreneurs, makers, doers and tinkerers, the Minister said it would help build products in the domains of mechanical, electro-mechanical, electronics and semi-conductor space. From automobiles, IoT, avionics, drones, medical instruments, defence equipment, consumer electronics, telecom products, mobile devices, gadgets and sensors, it would help build products in several areas.
Addressing the inaugural session of the two-day event being organised by CII, National Institute of Design and Telangana government, president-elect of World Design Organization Srini Srinivasan said designers in India were not getting recognition from the industry and the government.
Immediate past president of CII and chairman of India Design Council Naushad Forbes emphasised the need to scale the impact of design. India, he said produces about 5,000 designers every year whereas South Korea with just 3% of India’s population produces around 25,000 designers. The Minister gave away CII Design Excellence Awards.
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