Maker’s Asylum is above all a community, a place for makers created and run by makers themselves. It was founded by Vaibhav Chhabra, who was seeking a makerspace in Mumbai while he was working for Eyenetra in 2013. It all started following an accident (the roof felt in the Eyentra’s office). Vaibhav called friends to help him build new furniture for his office. It ended up creating a maker enthusiasts group meeting every Sunday. The Asylum was born.
The place kept growing, under the necessity to welcome new members. After taking place in a garage, in the Indian School of Design and Innovation, a crowdfunding campaign allowed to set up a space of 560 square meters in the North of Mumbai in June 2015. True to its values, members built themselves all furniture of the lab, during 45 days.
Intially the lab intention was to provide space and tools for makers, as well as a place to gather a community of unlike-minded people. Now the lab’s mission has crossed a new step by including an educational pillar. Maker’s asylum wants to promote the maker culture as part of the educational curriculum. It has created the “STEAM School “, a 9 day program in partnership with the CRI (Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires) and the French embassy, gathering international volunteers to work on United Nation sustainable development goals.