According to Girish, a hands-on learning lacks in India. That’s why he wanted to build a space for all the generations (from 10 to 90) where people enjoy learning by making. In July 2015, he co-created Curiosity Gym with Jehangir, a former colleague, to “gamify and make things simple and fun”.
At first, the lab organized mainly indoor drone, 3D printing or design thinking workshops. Then, in September 2015, Curiosity Gym expanded and launched its first makerspace in a 500-child-middle school in Mumbai. Their challenge became to constantly find new ways to excite the knowledge of those kids. That’s how they decided to dedicate 4 instructors on innovative product research and development. The idea is simple: looking for new things to learn to children and commercializing them if there’s a potential.
Today, the model slightly evolved. Besides the Innovation Hub and the indoor workshops, a growing number of companies ask for dedicated workshops and help on product development. Few workshops are organized in other schools and the Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Club (IDEC) was set up for a High School. At Curiosity Gym, the makerspace provides diversified workshops and camps but also mentorship for people willing to learn new skills and/ or develop a project.