Fab Lab RiiDL is located in the heart of Somaiya University, Mumbai, on the 5th floor of one of its numerous building, welcoming 35.000 students every year. Created in 2010, RiiDL stands among the first Fab Labs launched in India.
Its original intention was to create a space allowing students of the University to express their creativity and use tools and machines to build their final year projects. Teams were gathering here to participate to international competitions such as “Robotcon” or Shell eco marathon.
RiiDL acquires slowly machines, tools and gathers a strong community around its workshops and events. It becomes an innovation center, leading research projects on drones, water quality measurements… Students are gathering in teams around projects, which naturally leads to the creation of start-ups.
In 2015, RiiDL becomes officially a technology business incubator, benefitting from a government grant to launch its new activity. It has hosted 43 startups since then in SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud) and Embedded Electronics areas. Among these we can quote Square off, a revolution in chess board experience, or HoRo, a smart home automation system.
Today RiiDL’s ambition is to become a premier center for groundbreaking research, and a breeding ground for start-ups.