As Founder/CEO of Workbench Projects (WP), Pavan ’I just want to make stuff’ Kumar, is an engineer who believes in creating the right conditions for makers and innovators to emerge in India. Today as one of the leading change-makers for the Maker community in the country, Pavan consults for solutions based on Disruptive Thinking & Makerprenuership when he’s not busy brainstorming the next big project with his team at Workbench Projects. He’s got a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Mechanical Engineering. He was head of products and communication at Brains for Science and Technology Aided Reforms in Society (BrainSTARS). Before which, he was an Associate Process Engineer with 3D Systems Inc in South Carolina, USA, where he worked on optimizing 3D printers.
He is an on-demand public voted TEDx speaker for Bangalore Edition of 2015 and 2016.
Upon being asked why do Maker Faires at all?
His answer was simple,
“The world knows makers from India in fragments, and this dynamic platform that the Faire eventually evolves into becomes a peek into what’s cooking from this side of the world, which is why we’re hell-bent on curating the best talent in the country and putting up a show that the people can proudly call their own.“
Anupama Gowda, Workbench Project’s other Founder Director, is the hand that runs Workbench Projects. She is a master of ceremonies, operations and logistics, making sure that everything is right where it needs to be. Her passion is to nurture creativity: developing the right conditions to spark and set off a thousand creative pursuits. She led Kali-Kalisu, a joint initiative of the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan and India Foundation for the Arts staying grounded to grassroots work. As Founder Director of Open Minds Education Initiatives initiated an alternate pre-school in Shivamogga. As former Director of Brains for Science and Technology Aided Reforms in Society (BrainSTARS) spearheaded their pioneering maths activity centre called NumberNagar. She is the Managing Trustee of a not-for-profit organisation called Yuva Chintana Foundation and is on the Board of Nrityagram, an Odissi Dance Gurukul.
We raised her the same question as Pavan, and this is what she has to say,
“The whole point of Maker Faire 2017, is to not only to bring exceptional makers to the forefront, but also to build the environment for these established creative doers and thinkers to create collectively and inspire others in a chain reaction that doesn’t end!”
“A man makes his own reality.”
Abiding by the quote, Hemadri Nagaraj wants to be someone who enables people to do just that. He is currently the driving force for Maker Faire Bengaluru, as the Marketing & Business Development Manager at Workbench Projects. Having completed his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore Institute of Technology, Hemadri has been the curator for TEDxBITBangalore live speaker event for consecutive terms; and has been an active part of the organizing team for Bengaluru Mini Maker Faire 2016, and Idea Currency 2016. He is a highly driven, hard-working individual, who is a dependable team player with immense entrepreneurial aspirations.
Apart from his business pursuits and using his flair in networking, Hemadri is passionate towards humanitarian services and organizations catering to the same. He is the co-founder of The VOICE-B.I.T., Bengaluru, which aims at creating a safer campus environment, standing up for gender equality and women empowerment.
As a part of the team that brings Maker Faire to India, Hemadri’s goal is simple, bring about collaborations between people from all walks of life, that actively create and make change happen one bit at a time. With eyes wide open for all possible prospects and a contagiously positive spirit towards dreamers, you can be sure that your ideas are in the right hands when this fella’s around.
As the community manager at Workbench Projects, being in the middle of the action is what Aishwarya Chandradhara does best! A computer science engineer by profession and having been a Backend Web Developer and Designer in the past, Aishwarya relates more to the human side of things, something that became evident after her corporate stint which did not prove to be as dynamic as she’d hoped for.
As someone who’s been associated with NGOs like Prerna, Asha and Pavanya and loves to connect with children. Aishwarya doesn’t relate to being a hardcore techie but we’ve seen her explain Technical Concepts to young makers and the resultant awe and wonder drives her to explore the world of technology furthermore. She lives by “If you can dream it, you can make it”.
What made her sign up for the Maker Faire team was the chance to interact with the Make-It-Happeners, Creators and the Tinkerers that a Faire of this kind brings together under one Umbrella and as a people-person she loves facilitating this process of creation.