The Times of India | Vikram Vinod | TNN | Dec 14, 2016 |
KOCHI: Norvin T Franklin, a third-year computer science engineering student at Government Polytechnic College in Kothamangalam was surprised to know that his engineering skills were needed at Kochi Biennale 2016. Franklin and five of his batchmates, members of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (IEDC) who came to Kochi on December 7, have been aiding artists to help realize the tech aspect of their projects. “We were informed by Kerala Startup Mission members that we have an opportunity to work at biennale, which is shocking because we have worked on numerous projects before this, but Biennale is an art festival. I was very curious as to what I would work on,” said Franklin, who is working on implementing soundboards for a biennale project. Latvian artist Voldemars Johansons, who has been working with the students said, “They are hardworking and cooperative. And it has to be that way because we are all working on a tight schedule.” IEDC nodal officer Aiju Thomas, who has been mentoring the students said: “We have been doing several projects, even repairs at school. The whole point is to make them ready for employment.And working on art projects is a bit out of the blue. They will learn the diverse ways in which you apply technology .” At present, students are working alongside members of Kerala Startup Mission, who are technology partners of Biennale.