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T-Works

T-Works
T-Works India’s largest prototyping centre 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.
  6. T-Works is a 50,000 sq. ft. dedicated incubation facility for hardware makers and entrepreneurs located in Hyderabad.
  7. 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
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