T-Works

URL - https://tworks.telangana.gov.in/

Description:

T-Works India’s largest prototyping center for electronics, electromechanical and mechanical start-ups.

Executive Summary

  1. The differentiation between hardware and software is diminishing. Moving forward, hardware will be an indispensable component in product development because of the advent of IoT and other technologies.
  2. Telangana is one of the most preferred IT destinations in India, ranking second in terms of IT exports. The Government strives to further strengthen this position and establish itself as the most preferred technology investment destination in the country, not only in the area of IT/ITeS but also in Electronics.
  3. In order to create an ecosystem of product development and manufacturing in electronics, electromechanical and mechanical domains, the ITE&C Department of Telangana State proposes to set up a world class prototyping facility, along with an incubation centre and a skill development centre. This facility is called T-Works.
  4. Vision: To create and celebrate the culture of makers, doers, creators, tinkerers, inventors in India
  5. Objectives
    1. Facilitate entrepreneurs to design, develop, and test innovative hardware products in the areas of electronics, mechanical, mechatronics through active collaboration with industry, academia, investors, experts, and other stakeholders.
    2. Facilitate hardware startups to scale through active collaboration with manufacturing services.
    3. Facilitate talent development and up-skilling to produce talented workforce for hardware startups and manufacturing industry.
    4. T-Works is a 50,000 sq. ft. dedicated incubation facility for hardware makers and entrepreneurs located in Hyderabad.
    5. In addition to developing new infrastructure, T-Works will foster an ecosystem for hardware products by leveraging the existing manufacturing and prototyping infrastructure available across the region. This includes creating a dense and networked ecosystem of manufacturing service providers.

Guiding Principles

  1. T-Works gives fair and non-discriminatory access of its prototyping equipment in the domains of mechanical, electromechanical, electronics to inventors, creators, hobbyists, students, entrepreneurs and businesses
  2. T-Works provides prototyping facilities – mentoring – skill development programs – incubating facilities – sourcing services – funding opportunities in that order of priority so that no succeeding function dilutes the preceding function
  3. T-Works shall not be used to mass-manufacture
  4. T-Works shall not hold equity in any of the companies or business entities that it works with, mentors, or incubates
  5. T-Works shall not be in the business of holding, creating, or selling intellectual property
  6. T-Works shall be responsible for and own all the equipment, tools, and software on its premises
  7. T-Works shall work towards non-discriminatory access
  8. T-Works shall facilitate hardware startups to scale through active collaboration with manufacturing services
  9. T-Works shall facilitate talent development and upskilling to produce talented workforce for hardware startups and manufacturing industry

Rationale

The rationale for setting up T-Works in Hyderabad can be summarized as below:

  1. Hyderabad has a significantly strong software industry. A boost to the hardware ecosystem will strengthen our position as a hub for product startups
  2. Hyderabad already boasts of over 1000 startups, 10+ incubators and accelerators and 15+ venture capital firms
  3. The city also is home to India’s top educational institutions such as IIT, IIIT, BITS Pilani, ISB, NIT
  4. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Qualcomm, Xilinx, NVidia all have major operations located in the city. All of the above are involved in creating products at the intersection of hardware and software
  5. The city also hosts a number of public and private research labs such as:
    1. Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
    2. Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL)
    3. Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT)
    4. Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL)
    5. Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL)
    6. Research Centre Imarat (RCI)
    7. Tata Advanced Systems (TASL)
    8. Saab India Technology Centre (SITC)
    9. DuPont Ballistics Facility (DBF)
  6. The key to success for hardware startups is quick prototype development and short time to market
  7. Given the availability of talent and R&D infrastructure in the city, there is a need for a facility that enables prototype development and also reduces the barriers to cost and effort
  8. In addition to promoting hardware startups and manufacturing, T-Works would spur activity in engineering services and product design services in the city

Emerging Technologies

In Telangana, our vision is to be a leader in emerging technologies and to translate that vision into a reality we have taken up several initiatives in the State. The government has created a vertical for emerging technologies and the objective is two-fold, one is to develop the ecosystem required for the industry and the other is to make the government departments leverage or adopt emerging technologies. We have identified 8 key emerging technologies such as Blockchain, AI, IoT, Cloud, 3D Printing, VR/AR, Robotics and Big Data that could impact the government and the businesses.

T-work Initiative

I. To develop the ecosystem required for the industry:

  • The government has come up with specific policies for IoT, Cyber Security, Data Analytics and is currently working on bringing out policies for drones and blockchain
  • Blockchain District – Government of Telangana entered in to a MoU with IIIT Hyd, Tech Mahindra and CDAC to work together on protocol development, incubation, acceleration, skill development and in identifying various use cases, build Proof-Of-Concepts in few Govt. departments and other related programs to achieve the vision of making Hyderabad a blockchain hub.
  • Partnership with NITI Aayog: Telangana is the first State to sign Statement of Intent with NITI Aayog to work together in frontier technologies.
  • Focussed on building Centre of Excellences (CoEs): The CoEs provide a platform for various stakeholders including industry, government, academia, user enterprises, and innovators to collaborate and co-create solutions and products in the respective areas.
  • The CoEs are being set up in the areas of:
    • Cyber Security – In collaboration with Data Security Council of India (DSCI), this CoE aims at accelerating Telangana’s Cyber Security momentum and positioning it as one of the leading Cyber Security hubs in India
    • Artificial Intelligence & Data Sciences – In collaboration with NASSCOM, this CoE aims at creating collective capacity and capability in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in Telangana and help bring innovators, large enterprises, user enterprises, academia, and Government on a single platform
    • eWaste – In collaboration with CMET-MeitY, GoI
  • Setting up a research park in the domain of Artificial Intelligence and Manufacturing in collaboration with IIT Kharagpur. As part of which, a CoE and Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Center will be set up.

II. Adoption of emerging technologies by the Government:

We have prepared a roadmap, identified relevant use cases, undertaken capacity building programmes and implemented certain pilots in the identified emerging technologies:

Some of the projects/pilots implemented/in a pipeline: Blockchain:

  • Dharani – Realizing that the use of blockchain for land records would bring revolutionary changes through inbuilt transparency, traceability, and efficiency in the system, we set out to streamline the system and implementing DHARANI an integrated land record management system to develop a modern, comprehensive, transparent and near real-time land records (in the lines of Core Banking solution) in the state with the help of innovative technological solutions such as Blockchain. DHARANI shall act as a ‘single source of truth’ which will lead us to an era of conclusive titling, which by the way shall be a first for the nation as revenue records are meant to be presumptive in India. The project is under implementation.
  • T-Chits – to bring in trust and transparency to the subscribers and to provide regulatory oversight to the government. (https://t-chits.telangana.gov.in/)
  • Securing Certificates – Piloted in IIIT Basar – to tackle fake certificates
  • StreeNidhi – This is a work-in-progress (WIP) project in microfinance to build credit history and to give a credit rating to the Self-Help Groups (SHGs) members, who are poor women, which would incentivize good financial behaviour and also help the women to get other financial services.

Artificial Intelligence:

  • T-Aadab: A chatbot, a first of its kind in India to be integrated on any state tourism platform (http://tourism.telangana.gov.in/)
  • Natural Language Processing Project: Working with NITI Aayog to develop tools for developers to develop solution and products in vernacular languages.

Drones:

  • To carry out volumetric analysis and extent of an area of mining
  • Carry out agricultural spraying

If you have an exciting technology/product in either of these 8 emerging technologies and you’d like to explore the possibility of working/collaborating with the government, please feel free to contact us.