IDC faculty and students have participated in the Global Grad Show held from 13th to 18th November 2017 in Dubai Design District.
Arun Shah – Portable Patient Chair for Dental Camps
Devanshi Saksena – Water Filter Bottle for CRPF Jawans
Nishith R Parikh – Solar Study Lamp for Rural India
We have set-up a INNOVATION DEN at IITB Campus wherein interested children can come and make things using the parts of discarded gadgets/products available in the center. This was inaugurated on 20th November 2017 by Prof. Anil Gupta, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Distinguished Visiting Professor of IDC.
Delegates from Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE), MIT, visited DIC on April 13, 2017. The team included Bishwapriya Sanyal, CITE’s Director and Principal Investigator; Joanne Mathias, Associate Director; , Strategy and Strategic Partnerships Lead. CITE is dedicated to developing methods for product evaluation. The team presented their work and discussed opportunities to collaborate with DIC.
Design Innovation Center (DIC) has exhibited its innovative projects during E-Cell’s annual flagship event, The Entrepreneurship Summit, held at IITB from 28th – 29th January 2017. Shri Amitabh Kant (CEO, NITI Aayog) has inaugurated the same on 28th January 2017.
Shri Amitabh Kant, Prof Devang Khakhar, Director; Prof Milind Atrey, Prof B K Chakravarthy and DIC team.
How is agriculture really taking place in rural India? What are the real areas where design interventions are needed? This has been the focus of our many field visits. This time it was Osmanabad, Marathwada region, Maharashtra. Osmanabad is exactly midway between Mumbai and Hyderabad. 2017 began with a 3-day field visit to Osmanabad, Tuljapur and Bhum districts. We visited Sarola, Padoli, Barul, Nandora and Hadongri Village.
Hadongri Village, Osmanabad Taluka
We were lucky enough to visit dairy, poultry and crop farms. We saw harvests and hybrid hens; Gerberas in polytunnels, modern goat farms and dal milling units. We met grassroot innovators, gritty entrepreneurs and visited Krishi Vigyan Kendras, learning of various research, innovations and important problems they still face.
Toor Dal Harvest in progress, Osmanabad
Nale Goat Farm
Gerbera Polyhouse, Padoli
Most pertinently, we’ve listed our first level of observations. We saw many stages from harvesting to processing where design interventions are critical. These innovations need to be sensitive to local conditions and leverage local skills.
Now, we will put together our observations, brainstorm and build collaborations for projects that really impact these areas. Watch this space for more.
IIT Bombay’s Annual TechFest took place between 16th-18th December, 2016. We displayed Design Innovation Center projects at our stall here:
TechFest is Asia’s largest Science and Technology Festival. So understandably, we had really large crowds thronging our display. We were surprised, a bit exhausted but very encouraged by the high enthusiasm levels and curiosity.
A quick group photo at our display, before the crowds flow in.
The DIC teams explaining various projects to the enthusiastic crowds.
The Vaishno Devi Palkhi, Ajanta Palkhi and India Post Postal Trolley on display.
One of TechFest 2016’s highlights for us, was a visit by renowned American Physicist Bruce Allen. Bruce Allen, Physics Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, is also Director, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hanover, Germany. He has most recently been in the news for leading the research on discovery of gravitational waves.
The crowds that flooded our stall.