By Jane Walsh
During industrialization, we embarked on a continuously developing journey towards absolute mobility. In the 90s the internet transformed this journey, taking us into the next dimension of mobility. Today, technology embraces this mobility by enabling us to do everything alone, whenever and wherever we are, including educating ourselves. We have become the DIY generation and we are fueling a new global market that supports technology-based learning.
Back in 2012, an Indian engineer, Neeraj P Sawant, caught onto the idea that the DIY generation would embrace an online platform that would provide self-learning kits to help them explore the practical aspects of technology, otherwise guarded by techies. As Josh Steimle has written in Forbes, “Having run an SEO firm for the past 15 years I had to train myself on everything I know. When I was in college there were no classes in digital marketing.”
Whilst there may be classes today in digital marketing, people are not necessarily going to find the time to go to school, nor do they want to, unless you are a student looking to get a degree. We have become a highly independent and a highly mobile society, constantly craving knowledge and wanting to learn things quickly and efficiently to get things done quickly and efficiently. We have an innate attraction towards technology because it is an intricate part of our lives. Yet, we often have to outsource what we would like to be able to do ourselves, because we don’t know how to do it. Sawant envisioned this online platform that would provide self- learning kits for study and research on all aspects of technology including software, programming, electronics and mechanics and that could be used by everyone. Needless to say, if he could create it, you and I know, it would be an overnight success. I’d be interested, wouldn’t you?
Sawant did it!
He created the online platform, nevonprojects.com. It is currently the world’s largest DIY kit repository, and it is available in 55 countries. Visited by over 0.6 million visitors monthly, the website provides an array of self-teaching kits, easy to use and more importantly easy to learn. From software to electronics to mechanics, this unique channel allows people to enter into a never-before-done concept that connects them to a wide range of components that they can use to start learning from scratch or they can upgrade to more complex levels. Within days you can grow your knowledge on technology and put it into practice.
The private company, Nevonsolutions Pvt. Ltd was incorporated in 2015 by nevonprojects, founded by Neeraj P Sawant. Today it is still a self-funded company.
“We are consistently researching and uploading new learning kits that match technological concepts and knowledge needed by the current generation,” says Sawant.
Who is behind the system?
The team behind nevonprojects are qualified engineers who design these self-learning kits in a language that we can all grasp. You do not have to be a techie yourself and that is the beauty of it. Of course, there is a large variety of self-learning kits, including advanced level kits targeted for the professionals in the industry. In my case, I would steer away from those and start with the simple ABCs.
The DIY generation is moving away for traditional learning and heading towards mobile learning to suit their mobile lifestyles. Universities worldwide have already adapted to this new trend, by offering online education programmes. Effectively, they are self-study programmes that enable students to learn at their own pace and wherever they are and they can get a recognised university degree. All that is required is a computer and an internet connection. But because the world is changing so rapidly and, as Josh Steimle pointed out from his own experience, we are having to teach ourselves constantly to keep up with this ever-evolving environment technology has propelled us into, we need to keep educating ourselves. By the time we graduate, what we have learned is already a thing of the past. I believe these self-learning kits are just the beginning of a new way of learning. Just as past generations used books to learn, the DIY generation is depending more and more on technology –based learning. The future of our continued development and our need to keep up increases our need for these self-learning kits, a business that is about to bloom full force.
About Nevon Solutions Pvt Limited: Nevon Solutions Pvt Limited is a Mumbai, based business that runs the world’s largest online platform for technology self-learning kits. The company has also started 2 new ventures: viz nevonexpress.com and nevongps.com to cater to other related market segments.