Government has selected Maker Village in Kochi as a centre under its SPARSH programme.

Government’s Social Innovation Programme for Products Affordable and Relevant to Societal Health (SPARSH), aims to strengthen the agriculture sector through penetration of affordable technology.

The move will offer opportunities to the hardware start-ups incubated by the facility in their journey from ideas to market-ready products.

Kochi’s Maker Village is the largest electronic hardware incubator and ESDM facility in the country. As a part of government’s SPARSH centre scheme, it will be working on the theme – nurturing and accelerating social innovation at Maker Village by leveraging deep technology.

The scheme shall be operated in two cycles of 18 months each. The first cycle will be focused on the development of agriculture technologies and the second cycle on solutions for combating environmental pollution.

The SPARSH centre scheme is piloted by the Central Government’s BIRAC, Department of Biotechnology under Ministry of Science and Technology and Maker Village will soon be signing the agreement with BIRAC.