Department of Electronics & Information Technology
Govt. of Kerala through Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) has setup two Fablabs each at Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram and Kerala Technology Innovation Zone, Kochi. Fablab Thiruvananthapuram is located at the ground floor of Indian Institute of Information Technology Management (IIITM-K), Fablab Kochi is located in the ground floor of Water Tank Building, Kerala Technology Innovation Zone, KINFRA Hitch Park, Kochi.
By setting up the Fablab Kerala Network it is envisaged to encourage the innovation, technology development, product prototyping, maker learning, and commerciziable product development. This will empower the maker-entrepreneurial culture, which at present is confined to ICT/ electronics domain. The Fablab programme will lead to a cross learning culture among multiple technology sectors and create a robust platform for the upcoming entrepreneurs to create indigenous technology products. The Kerala fablabs are a support facility for the maker community comprising of student, startups, entrepreneurs, corporates, individual makers, research groups, academic institutions and universities across India. The Kerala Fablabs has a vibrant ecosystem for creating a maker culture among the young techno-entrepreneurs, who want to develop their innovative technology idea into a product prototypes with fine design functionalities
.Mini Fab Lab
The project Mini Fab Lab aims to create mini Fab Labs across Kerala in Schools, Colleges etc. This will in turn bring in an house development facility.
Mini Fab Lab is an effort to bring maker ecosystem to the community . These Fab Labs will be based on Educational institutions and closely adhere to the university's idea of bringing out makers with proven skills in design , development and fabrication. Mini Fab Labs will work closely with the Fab Labs to take advantage of the Fab Network , Fab Academy and other Fab Lab based initiatives. Makers based on Mini Fab Labs are allowed to connect to Fab Lab based makers / Fab Guru’s at any point of time through a dedicated channel. This will also make it quite easy to get maker certifications from the Fab Guru, which is a value addition to the degree certificate. Students/individuals based on Mini Fab Labs will also get the opportunity to work at Fab Labs and get them certified as Fab Gurus.
Apart from the Mini fablabs, the Kerala Fab Academy envisages to create open maker spaces in the state. The open maker space will have all the basic machines for prototyping and will be accessible to public. The mini fablabs shall become kiosks for common people to approach in solving societal problems.