It takes place on an organic farm just outside Bangalore city. We are set up like a camping festival with good internet. People live in tents or on temporary structures. We have a kitchen and cook that make local Indian vegetarian food. We have decent Internet via a collection of Airtel 4G routers. We study online, work on social service tech projects, do yoga, ride electric unicycles and generally have a good time.
There are a number of ways to engage with Jaaga Study:
The simplest is as a digital nomad. We invite people from around India and around the world to come stay with us while you work remotely, on your startup ideas, studying some challenging online course, or contributing to some open source project. We encourage digital nomads to participate in and contribute to our local culture, but there are no explicit expectations beyond be fantastic. We maintain an inexpensive, well contected, vital healthy environment to support your growth. We ask for a contribution of 10,000 Inr a month to cover our costs. This includes Indian vegetarian food, internet, electricity and a place to camp.
The second way to engage is as one of my students. This is a gurukul type environment. Students are expected to do yoga with me in the mornings and meditation in the evenings. We split our time volunteering in the community and studying computer science. Participation is free..
Lastly we offer some fellowships to senior people who contribute substantially to the community. Fellows either research some new field like Ethereum or ChatBots, or they contribute to an open source project like the CodeForIndia Learning X-Prize entry of chatbots to help kids develop math and language skills. Fellowships are free. Fellows camp with everyone else and have their living expenses covered, but do not receive a stipend or travel expense.
The Fall Quarter of Jaaga Study begins October 3 and ends December 17, 2016.