Nirman Dave took his first steps towards programming in the fifth grade. Eventually his started researching on building various software on artificial intelligence and even chocolate 3D printing! He built nearly 200 softwares by the time he was in the 11th grade. At 19, he founded CircuiTricks while he was at Fab10 International Conference in Barcelona. Later his represented CircuiTricks at MakerFaire, Silicon Valley.
Highlights of this Episode
- The making and innovation behind CircuiTricks.
- His experience at Makefaire, Silicon Valley.
- Prediction of this market in the future.
- What are the success metrics which they have measure.
Quotes And TAKEAWAYS
- If you are doing a business in an education sector and start looking at “learning” as a market, rather than an experience; believe me it will become very difficult to function.
- Innovation is useless if it is just kept to you, it needs to go out to public so that both parties benefit.
- All I do is Explore. Travel. Make. Tell. Learn. Repeat.
You started programming at a nascent age. In sixth grade, what inspired you to do so? What was the software you were developing at the time?
I was largely inspired by the circumstances around me. A few of my school mates were making fun of me, and I was largely affected by it. In order to get back, I decided to hack their accounts. At that age I did not understand what was right and what was wrong. I started by searching for “how to hack” on Google, since I had no clue about computers. Apparently, in a turn of events, I found solace in computer programming and making new things that impacted people’s lives in a more positive manner. What I was developing at that time were simple softwares that could help me. Things like a math problem solver, an annoying sound maker and similar things.
When did the ideation of CircuiTricks come to you? Can you tell us how it works?
CircuiTricks came to us when we ( a group of Indians ) were supposed to conduct a workshop with kids at the Fab10 International Conference in Barcelona. We wanted to make a platform for kids to build various things. We wanted it to be simple, user-friendly and cost effective. Hence, CircuiTricks, which allowed kids to draw out their own working electrical circuits using just pencil and paper.
Tell us about your experience at MakerFaire, Silicon Valley.
One word. Astounding. Everyone was making new things, the place was booming with only ideas and ideas everywhere. It was thought provoking, productive and exciting. We were there to represent CircuiTricks and also ended up connecting to some potential good school who showed immense interest in CircuiTricks.
What are the success metrics which you have measured while working on it? How do you see the future of this industry?
None. When it comes to education you have to follow your heart. If you are doing a business in an education sector and start looking at “learning” as a market, rather than an experience; believe me it will become very difficult to function. The future of tech and education industry is booming. New products are coming up that are drastically changing education. One of the industry is Virtual Reality in Education, this will allow kids to immerse into what they study through putting them into an interactive virtual environment where teaching happens through animated historic figures!
How do you predict the market for this idea?
The market is good, people are excited and want to buy what we make. But we want to keep innovating. For this idea in the market, environment can be seen as more inclined as a cash cow. But for the other innovations and products we plan to launch, there could potentially be even more of an excitement.
Innovation and commercialization are often two sides which decline from meeting. What is your opinion?
Innovation is useless if it is just kept to you, it needs to go out to public so that both parties benefit. In my opinion what matters is how you push both the ends to meet and create groundbreaking changes; not whether the two ends meet or not.
How are you planning your year ahead?
What is your message for fellow entrepreneurs?
I don’t think I am at a level where I can spread messages, or call for actions. I myself am still learning. But what I am learning is what I love doing.
You can watch Nirman speaking at SRCC, New Delhi here.