New Salesforce Trailblazer lab at Nongwah Welcomes the Community

Smart Village Movement, March 5, 2022

The newly remodeled Salesforce Trailblazer Lab at Nongwah opened its doors to welcome the community amidst much excitement. A huge thank you to G.W.Lang’s Arts team for bringing in splashes of fun, quirky colors, and graffiti that inspire imagination, innovation, and hands-on, self-directed learning. 

With over 60 students and community members registering and joining the orientation, Nongwah lab is kickstarting operations with an array of interesting learning pathways. The lab’s first cohort will feature students on a 90-day program who will complete all the phases of the program in a linear manner, and the second group of learners will learn at their own pace.

The lab has a goal of ensuring open access and innovation, with our facilitating partner Sauramandala Foundation, implementing partner Project DEFY, Curiosity Gym, Tiny Owl, and energy partner Hygge Energy.

The community’s response to this open innovation lab in Nongwah village, East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya has been splendid so far. The students and the villagers are now able to tap into many digital learning and education opportunities with the help of this lab. Project DEFY’s Makerspace concept will  help the learners gain hands-on practical skills, enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving capacity, and build even more self-confidence. Curiosity Gym’s STEM Innovation Hub will boost STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curiosity among the learners. The library component by Tiny Owl will be equipped with various kinds of books in Khasi and English language accessible to everyone coming into the lab. The lab is also equipped with 20 computer systems where learners can practice their computer skills and gain access and exposure to many learning opportunities with the help of internet access. As students and community members continue to register themselves in the lab, we look forward to sharing many learners’ stories of change from Nongwah Salesforce Trailblazer Lab.