A new “Makerspace” has been added at the “Innovation Hub”, supported by the Kathmandu-based United States Embassy, inside the premises of Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) in Teku, Kathmandu on Thursday.
Macon Phillips, coordinator for the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) at the US Department of State, inaugurated the facility saying, “We hope to see many young new entrepreneurs emerge from Nepal through the use of our makerspace.”
A “Makerspace” is a place that supports hands-on learning in an informal, creativity-focused environment where people gather to share resources and knowledge.
The Innovation Hub American Space in Teku provides Nepalis free access to objective information, and is also a place for entrepreneurs to meet and work on their new business idea, according to a statement issued by the Kathmandu-based American mission.
The US Embassy has opened the Makerspace to encourage entrepreneurship by providing a technology-centred space where young Nepali innovators and entrepreneurs can explore and develop a culture of creating and nurture peer-to-peer learning in an informal setting.
Here, the visitors can access new technologies, including 3D printers and laser cutters that will allow entrepreneurs to design and create new products.
“Six of the eight American Spaces in Nepal are located outside of the capital and serve as venues where local residents can be exposed to American culture and ideals,” the statement informed.
The US Embassy is partnering with Karkhana, an education company, for the campaign.