Maker's Asylum, Mumbai.


Maker’s Asylum is a community MakerSpace based in Mumbai (they've expanded to Delhi as well), that allows collaborative ideation and prototyping. It brings together interdisciplinary activities covering Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) to foster a culture of innovation, exploration, and learning by solving community challenges.


The makerspace was started by Vaibhav Chhabra, a Boston University graduate (and my "Couchsurfing" host), who returned to India first for EyeNetra startup and then what became Asylum adventure. The story on their website states "Maker’s Asylum began when the ceiling of EyeNetra’s office in Mumbai fell down and broke all the furniture. Vaibhav, a carpenter by passion, hit social media looking for like-minded people in the city to join him in rebuilding the tables for his office. On November 7, 2013, eight DIY enthusiasts turned up at EyeNetra’s office and they made 3 tables on the first day. They decided to meet every Sunday and continue to build other fun things as well. The nascent community started to volunteer their tools and soon they ran out of space in the back room. They called that room — the Asylum." You can read more about the story and people behind here.



Out of all creative and geeky projects at Maker's Asylum here are some that caught my eye. 

  1. DIY Satellite Ground Station on Asylum rooftop, as part of SatNOGS community
  2. 3D printed prosthetic hand by Claire Gutermuth 
  3. ReBull installations, fundus camera, glowing algae.