Programmer in India can finally get their hands on Google’s Glass. Silicon valley venture capitalist Asha Jadeja in partnership with National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad is bringing California’s popular Maker Faire—a non commercial event, free and open to the public to India.
Google's Glass will be introduced to programmers as a private initiative for the first time in India. Jadeja will also be a launching an app development competition and hackathon for programmers to create solutions using Glassware, Google's open source operating system.
Jadeja is expecting that this competition to give a running start to Indian entrepreneurs as they launch apps on Glassware before Google's Glass is available to the public.
Makers from all over India and some from US will be showcasing their inventions on January 4 and 5.
Some of the Makers who will be exhibited at the Fest include child prodigy - Susant Pattnaik - famous for designing a wheelchair which functions on breath sensors, a team that has created drones, 3-D printers, and (Evomo) - a Rural Mobility Vehicle among many others.
Alongside Maker Fest, Jadeja has donated a $140,000 Fablab from MIT to the maker community in Ahmedabad. The Fablab is a set of digital fabrication equipment and software to help makers transform their imagination into products. The Fablab is housed at the prestigious CEPT University Ahmedabad and will be open to the public at select hours every day.
MJFF the Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation is expecting to seed invest in social impact innovations as they emerge in next few years between the annual Maker Fest and the Fablab.
MJF Angels, a venture capital fund of $8 million is set up by Jadeja to seed invest in for-profit innovations that emerge from collaborations between her projects and various institutions of higher learning in India.