Intel India has announced its plan to set up Intel India Maker Lab, a unique innovation Lab in its Bengaluru campus. To be operational soon, the Lab aims to accelerate hardware design innovation by boosting product innovation and enhance maker capability for innovators and startups in India.
The Intel India Maker Lab will provide the infrastructure, development kits, reference boards, hardware and software tools, in addition to mentoring and business connection for local Indian entrepreneurs and innovators to develop and test their ideas leading to products and solutions using this unique Lab.
Innovators and startups can bring in their ideas, develop proof of concepts, and finally shape those into products/solutions using the resources available at the Lab. Following successful prototype, Intel India will help connect them to local technology ecosystem like Electronic Manufacturing Service providers, Original Design Manufacturers, Independent Software Vendors and System Integrators, in alignment with the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Intel India would work closely with India’s startup ecosystem including Central/State Government incubation initiatives, academic institution-led incubators, corporate as well as commercial accelerators to complement their efforts for better and faster cycle of product realization.
In conjunction with the Intel India Maker Lab initiative, Intel India will also set up the ‘Intel India Maker Showcase’, which will allow delegates and visitors from the eco-system to see, feel and experience the innovative products and solutions from the Lab along with innovations from Intel.
“Intel India is committed to the Government’s Digital India vision. Intel’s philosophy has always been to inspire, imagine and realize innovations that enhance lives. With the Intel India Maker Lab, we are offering a strong platform to India’s vibrant start-up ecosystem, and encouraging young innovators to turn their ideas into exciting and relevant products for India,” said Kumud Srinivasan, President, Intel India.
This initiative further reinforces Intel’s commitment to the Digital India vision. Intel had recently announced the Intel and DST “Innovate for Digital India Challenge”, which focuses on the creation of products to increase technology adoption in India that will eventually result in the creation of a local technology ecosystem. The Challenge was designed in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), with support from the DeitY, MyGov.in and is being managed by IIM Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE).