Maker Mela 2019 returns with Darwin

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Those of you who were present at the Makermela 2018 in January will no doubt be excited to know that the fest is supposed to be twice as extensive the coming year.
In the month of January ’19, you will witness the inauguration of India’s largest evolutionary fest Darwin, being held within Makermela, at the Somaiya Vidyavihar campus. This means that countless new innovators in the fields of biomedicine, microbiology, genetics, etc will get to exhibit their discoveries and inventions alongside 200+ selected makers at the grand fest. Inspired by and meant as a tribute to the father of evolutionary science, Darwin aims to bring to the forefront the essential but lesser-known disciplines of biology. ‘Makers’, as the organizers like to call them, maybe anyone from a child prodigy to a housewife skilled at a scrumptious recipe, to an experienced scientist or technician – anyone who has in their spare time put their creativity and opportunities together to come up with something unique and relevant to our times.

India’s first bio-fashion show is going to take place this time! Every year, one finds the ideas behind Maker projects to be astoundingly straightforward, yet the projects may themselves be devilishly elaborate. Here are a few highlights of the previous Makermela for those of you who missed it!

A total of 12 schools around Mumbai officially joined in the fest – besides them, thousands of students took a day or two off to participate in the festivities – which, of course, includes the Makers as well, many of whom had traveled from all across India in order to receive much-deserved acclaim for their innovations.

Seminars held at the auditorium concurrently with the makers’ exhibition were graced by speakers of global fame and standing like Shree Prakash Javadekar, Mr. Prakash Mehta, Shree Devendra Fadnavis, Mr. Tanmay Bakshi, Mr. Saket Modi, Mr. Akash Manoj, Prof Ada Yonath, Dr. Ravi Grover and Mr. Michael Ferraro.

The speeches given by our chief minister Shree Fadnavis, Mr. Mehta and Shree Javadekar were filled with wisdom and at the same time were pragmatic enough to engage the youth present and hold their rapt attention. Tanmay Bakshi, the 14-year-old prodigal AI expert from IBM later conducted a workshop on AI & ML which was unequivocally popular among his admirers, old and young.
An attraction for students from various schools as well as enthusiastic grown-ups was the Art Mela which brought out their creative sides – doodle making, crafting, drawing were the main aspects of the competition thereafter.

After dusk fell, makers and visitors alike got to unwind at the Cultural Night with various renowned artists being present – from the nationwide acclaimed Hindi Rock band The Local Train with their raw, desi touch beloved by all the Indian youth, to inimitable and amazing spill poetry from artists the likes of spoken word poets Nadeem Raj, Yahya Bootwala, Darshan Rajpurohit, Jidnya Pandya and Bikram Bumrah. Nadeem and Yahya had gone all the way by conducting a Poetry Writing Workshop in the evening, which was followed by an unparalleled stand-up comedy by Abhishek Upmanyu, who left the audience gasping for breath after his super-fast session peppered with sarcasm and dark humour.

Apart from all this, there were two grand attempts at making it into the Guinness Book Of World Records during Makermela 2018 – the huge interlinked cardboard boat, world’s largest cardboard sculpture, and the incredible Rubik cube’s image solving challenge.

Keep your eyes peeled for more on Makermela and Darwin until January arrives! Participate in pre-events, send the organizers at riidl your suggestions, and if you think you’ve got it, go for being a maker and transform the face of society!
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