Intel to back the maker community

Intel to back the maker community

Intel India on Thursday unveiled its two latest offerings — Maker Lab and Maker Showcase — in Bengaluru. The Maker Lab and Maker Showcase provide a unique platform to up-and-coming innovators to accelerate their innovation process.

“The initiative takes our innovation and maker community focus to the next level,” said Kumud Srinivasan, president, Intel India. “What is important is that it is aligned with what the government wants,” she added, referring to the ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ initiatives by the government.

The Maker Lab will help speed up the process of design and development, and adds another capability to the R&D that Intel has built in 15 years, said Jitendra Chaddah, director, strategic relations and operations, Intel India.

The Maker Lab is currently open to the top 20 contestants from the Innovate for Digital India Challenge organised by Intel in association with the Department of Science and Technology. Intel plans to support atleast 10 startups in the next six months.

The selection process for these startups would be completed by October, 2015, wherein Intel would make a selection from the top 20 and other startups associated with incubators and accelerators of academic institutions, industry associations and other corporate entities.
    
The startups will also receive support in the form of mentors from Intel. “I think our biggest contribution will be our in-house technical leaders, who will mentor the innovators,” said Chaddah.

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