Workshops at the Lab: Tata Centre conducts workshops at the Lab to give hands-on
experience to prototype making to students, especially from within the campus. Students are
introduced to the machines and equipment at the Lab through these workshops. The objective
is to include introduction & training on the various lab facilities, and then conduct
brainstorming, fabricating and testing of the prototypes that the students work upon. These
workshops are a part of the Centre’s outreach initiative to encourage ideas, hand skills and
Kalpana: The much-celebrated national event Kalpana is conducted annually to encourage innovation among the student population. This event is staged in 3 rounds, inviting thousands of applications from across educational institutions in the country. Kalpana is an ideal platform for most innovators, showcasing two different competitions - Nirmiti – the prototype-making event and Drishtikon – the poster-making event. After 3 months of the initial brainstorming, the finale is a week-long fabrication event at the Product Realisation Lab that brings out the winning prototypes.
Field Trips:To supplement the learnings from the course Technology, Design and End to End Innovation and for getting a real life experience to understand the problems faced by the bottom of the pyramid, students are taken to various locations as field visits to study the relevant challenges there. These visits present an opportunity to understand the development of solutions through community stewardship. Observing how social and economic progress can be brought about by the simple helping hand of technology and the community-based solutions alleviate a lot of problems in this section of the pyramid, then become a learning experience.