Samavesh Highlights: Maker Fest Odisha & Industrial Conclave



VSSUT Burla hosted the second edition of Maker Fest Odisha during its annual techno-management fest SAMAVESH 2K19 which took place on the 15th, 16th and 17th of February.

Maker Fest is conceptualised along the lines of Maker Faire, conducted across the world, which is known to celebrate innovation and creativity. Launched in Ahmedabad in 2014, Maker Fest India now hosts thousands of attendees every year. The motive behind Maker Fest is a joyous celebration of both creators and creativity. It is the amalgamation of festivals celebrating the innovators and an art show with all the booths for inventors and demonstrations and workshops for attendees. Creators, artists and hobbyist across the country are invited to present their contemporary applications of ideas using the vast ocean of art, science and technology.

Maker Fest Odisha was first hosted at VSSUT Burla during Samavesh 2K18, which turned out as a huge success. Continuing with the same spirit, this year Maker Fest Odisha, sponsored by TEQUIP-III, witnessed 42 innovators and makers who came up with some amazing ideas and innovations to showcase at this mega event. 4 start-ups, 29 participants, 6 local makers and 2 out of the state innovators (from Delhi and Chennai) rendezvoused at the Maker Fest arena and exhibited some really ingenious and ground-breaking creations.

On 15th February (Day 1), Maker Fest Odisha was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Prof Atal Chaudhury Sir. School students from schools of Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Bargarh were invited to visit the fest. The young kids seemed to get really fascinated by the innovations that they witnessed at the exhibition. On Day 2, an interactive presentation was given at the Maker Fest Arena in the presence of Prof Sudhanshu Sekhar Dash (Dean, Students Welfare), Dr Harish Kumar Sahoo (Vice President, Technical Society), Mr Chetan V. Patel, Prof Layatitdev Das (Mechanical Engineering), Mr Bodhisattwa Sanghapriya and Mr Om Prakash Das. On the final day, the Ignite Awards competition took place for the students of class 7 to class 10. Concluding the event, all the participants were felicitated by the hon’ble Vice Chancellor for their participation.

The list of attendees for the event boasted of some immensely talented people like Mr Suraj Kumar Meher and Mr Rajesh Kumar Meher, who have their names registered in the Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of Records for the invention of world’s largest remote and world’s smallest fan, Aparna Chandrasekharan – a recipient of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award for “Young Innovator” and Indonesia’s Grassroot Innovation Award and Mr Ajay Agarawal, founder of “Princely India” who holds a record for his unique collection Royal Signature in the Limca Book of Records.

The second edition of Maker Fest Odisha came to a conclusion on the final day of Samavesh. The event was coordinated by Anshuman Pattanaik and Bibhudutta Panda. Like the previous year, Maker Fest Odisha emerged out as a successful and well carried out event that helped to power innovators with a podium to exhibit their innovations.


Another major event that happened to take place during Samavesh was the much anticipated, INDUSTRIAL CONCLAVE. Eminent personalities with great achievements and experiences were invited to address the audience with their take on the given agenda for the event. It was conducted on 17th of February in the University Auditorium. The event was inaugurated by Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Shri Atal Choudhury Sir along with the chief guest Prof Suddhasatwa Basu, Director of CSIR-IMMT, Bhubaneswar. With the agenda – “Opportunities for a better tomorrow” the event took off as the aura of the esteemed guests filled the atmosphere with positive vibes.

The event started in the morning of the final day of Samavesh 2K19 and resumed after a break in the afternoon. The auditorium was filled in with aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators who had assembled together for the grand gala to start and inspire them with the spark that they need as budding industrialists. All the guests who were invited as speakers for the Industrial Conclave presented their opinions on the given agenda through their words of wisdom.

The speakers for the event were – Prof Suddhasatwa Basu, Director of CSIR-IMMT Bhubaneswar, Chetan V. Patel, former Research Associate at IIM Ahmedabad and worked for National Innovation Foundation, Dr Tapan Kumar Gandhi, Asst. Professor at IIT Delhi, Anil Kumar Pradhan, Founder of International Public School for Rural Innovation, Siddharth Bhatter, CEO and Founder of Karkhana Makerspace and Managovind Mishra, MD of Nemhans Solutions Private Limited (Bhubaneswar region).

The event came to an end at a very positive note. The speakers interacted with the audience while addressing the agenda “Opportunities for a better tomorrow” and inspired the buddies industrialists for a brighter future.


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