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The Fevicol MakeInGoa festival for makers and creators was held at the Green Amaze Centre, Margao. Organised by Raia-based Design Intervention India Private Limited, this first-of-its-kind festival saw product designers, entrepreneurs and students in attendance. The festival also featured food stalls, music, product fashion shows, retail stalls, a science fun show and more.

A battery powered, para-glider created by the Nuvem-based computer engineer, Ryan Pinto; steel furniture manufactured by the Honest Structures Design Company, Ulavan’s drones for agriculture applications, fragrances by Susegad Fragrances and a robotic wheelchair for from Robowheels, among other things were on display at the special product and art gallery. The product design stalls saw the participation of eight incubatees from Forum for Innovation Incubation Research and Entrepreneurship (FIIRE) and five from Centre for Incubation and Business Acceleration (CIBA).

Robot contests were also organised wherein teams had to build small, four-wheeler robots which were remote controlled and had to travel over a patch of grass without spilling an open bottle of water. In the school category, the rolling trophy was won by team ‘Curiosity’ comprising Sarang Mohan and Rishit Pai; while in the open category the rolling trophy was won by team LegoGoa comprising Venkatesh Dempo, Vedant Abhyankar and Saipranav.

Chief guest at the one-day event was chairman, Goa Public Service Commission, Jose Manuel Noronha. In his address, he said: “There is a need for young people to constantly re-skill themselves in the face of rapid technological changes. I am confident that this ‘MakeInGoa’ event will become even bigger next year and eventually provide jobs and employment for many.”

Also speaking on the occasion, industrial product designer and organiser of the event, Deepak Pathania said, “We are overwhelmed by the response to the first edition of the Fevicol MakeInGoa festival. This is a new concept and hence there has been much learning. We will improve and make it a bigger and better festival the next time.”

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