Guidance for ongoing projects:

Students of IDC and Design Team of Design Innovation Center (DIC) @ IITB taking guidance and inputs from Prof (Dr) Sudarshan Iyengar, Distinguished Chair Professor in Gandhian Philosophy at IIT Bombay, for agricultural projects undertaken under DIC.

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Design Innovation Center – IITB Showcases students’/collaborative Projects during E-Summit @ IITB:

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.

20170128_123440design-innovation-center-inaugurationShri Amitabh Kant, Prof Devang Khakhar, Director; Prof Milind Atrey, Prof B K Chakravarthy and DIC team.

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Osmanabad Field Visit

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.

osmanabad-visit-35Hadongri 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.

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Nale Goat Farm

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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.

Case for Portable Remote Radio Head

Design Innovation Center is assisting a team who is working under Prof. Abhay Karandikar in designing an outer case for Remote Radio Head (RRH). RRH shall be used for LTE small base station which would be mounted on a vehicle. Case is to be designed to sustain the vibrations generated by vehicle and release the heat generated by electronics. It will be temperature, dust and water-resistant.
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The Design Innovation Display at Techfest, 2016.

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.

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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.