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Maker Village Facilities, Products World-Class: IEEE Delegation

The IEEE delegation lauded innovative devices developed by startups incubated at Maker Village in Kochi Kochi: The products of the startups at Maker Village Kochi are world-class and the facility is on par with Singapore’s famed Electronic Hardware Ecosystem, according to an international delegation that visited the facility recently. A team representing the Institute of

The IEEE delegation
lauded innovative devices developed by startups incubated at Maker Village in
Kochi

Kochi: The products of the startups at Maker Village Kochi are world-class and the facility is on par with Singapore’s famed Electronic Hardware Ecosystem, according to an international delegation that visited the facility recently.

A team representing the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), after visiting India’s largest electronic hardware incubator, lauded the innovative devices developed at the Kochi facility. They exhorted potential entrepreneurs to make good use of the support provided by the Maker Village, which has Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) as the supporting partner.

Having experts from Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and New Zealand, the delegation was in Kochi  as part of TENCON 2019, a premier technical conference held at Bolgatty Island. The conclave held from October 17 to 20, with focus on ‘technology, knowledge and society’, brought together researchers, educators, students, practitioners, technocrats and policymakers from across academia, government, industry and non-governmental organisations. The delegates discussed current works and recent accomplishments in all the three aspects of its theme.

India-born, Singapore-based innovator Kush Agarwal, who was part of the nine-member delegation, praised the Electronics System Development and Maintenance (ESDM) facilities provided by the Maker Village, founded in 2012 under the Union Ministry of Electronics. “It’s the responsibility of the startups to come out with high quality products and make them a success in global market,” added Dr. Agarwal, Founder-CEO of WaveScan Technlogies that specializes in the R&D of disruptive beam forming electro-magnetic-based smart sensor systems and advanced AI algorithms.

Prof. Takako Hashimoto of Japan’s Chiba University of Commerce, said the Maker Village features state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities that equip the incubatees to meet the challenges of tough competition in the industry at the global level.

Dr. Nirmal Nair, who teaches at the 1883-established University of Auckland, noted that it was the “unconditional support” being offered by Maker Village to the incubatees that helps them ease their performance pressure. “The central government’s ‘Make in India’ project has a flurry of activities that can benefit the startups here,” he added.

Prasad Balakrishnan Nair, CEO, Maker Village said the IEEE delegation’s visit has helped broaden the world view of the startups. “The countries of South-East Asia and East Asia are of particular significance to the world electronic hardware industry. We are planning for cooperation with similar teams in a big way,” he added.

The others in the visiting delegation were Chris Go Giun Lee of Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University; Leo Hwa Chiang, Asia-Pacific Director, IEEE; Takuo Suzuki of Japan’s Aichi University; Shimizu San of Dai Nippon; Jianwen Su of Tokyo Institute of Technology and Kazutoshi Yoshi of Waseda University, Shinjiku.

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