Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit

Technology, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Summit

Consilience brings you the Technology, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence Summit (TRAI) for High School students in Mumbai on September 17th and 18th, 2016. This Summit will engage students in an interdisciplinary design thinking process in order to design solutions using robotics and automation, the internet of things, and wearable technology. Students enrolled in schools across India are eligible to apply for participating in the TRAI Summit.

What should students expect?

At TRAI Summit, students should expect to experience an intense interdisciplinary environment where they will solve complex problems through rigorous brainstorming, collaborating, iterating, designing, and experimental methodologies. Students should expect to employ and develop critically important 21st century skills, particularly communication and collaborative problem-solving, in order to learn cutting edge technical skills and succeed in an entirely project-based environment.

Who will students work with?

Students will work alongwith key experts and Design Thinking coaches. The coaches bring a diverse set of backgrounds and skills ranging from engineering design and architecture, to programming, software development and robotics.

What is Design Thinking

According to the Henry Ford Learning Institute, Design Thinking is an approach to learning that uses specific techniques and mindsets to develop a student's creative confidence. Working to identify problems and generate solutions for design challenges allows students to learn to frame their thinking around the mindsets of developing empathy, promoting a bias toward action, encouraging ideation, and working in a culture of prototyping. These technology driven advances aren’t the work of lone geniuses, they are the result of skilled collaborative teams methodically working to understand human needs and build on each other’s knowledge, thinking and skill to design solutions. A design thinking process is a key for guiding and supporting this collaboration and innovation.

Henry Ford Learning Institute
(Image credit: Henry Ford Learning Institute)

Why TRAI

Within the next forty years, two-thirds of the world's population will be living in expanding urban centers. Technology, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are being utilized to meet important human needs related to urban development. In the context of cities and urban development, researchers, architects, urban planners, engineers, and scientists are working together to use technology to study how cities are changing, discern the needs of the people within those cities, understand how urban areas source their energy, utilize more alternative energy, provide adequate public spaces, create opportunities for urban farming and sustenance, and generate economic opportunities to sustain the livelihoods of people living and working in those urban areas.

In recent years, new technologies are bringing urban citizens to the forefront of providing relevant information about their cities. KGS Buildings, a company that has created a cloud-based software called Clockworks, applies their software to detect energy-saving opportunities in buildings' HVAC equipment and informs clients through the cloud so the buildings can be "fixed" in real time. Local Warming, a system for creating personalized climates around individuals as an alternative to heating entire buildings, offers a view of how customizable heating and cooling can become an integral part of buildings in the future. Place Pulse, a research project out of MIT, aims to crowdsource information about the "perception" of areas within a city to better guide urban policy and design decisions. Other researchers at MIT are wearing sensors to measure stress while driving and develop 'stress-scapes' of various cities. Cloud-based technology innovations, such as "Cloudcommuting" - a platform designed by Harvard/MIT graduates for point-to-point vehicle sharing systems that pay users to rebalance vehicles - look at the market economy of vehicle sharing programs. Such new technology developments promise to increase the opportunity to meet big challenges as cities continue to grow and adapt to changing populations.

TRAIx Bootcamps

TRAIx Bootcamps are designed for students to learn the basics of emerging technologies. Each Bootcamp covers a single technology. Students explore:

  • a variety of resources with each technology
  • gain hands-on experience with the technology
  • design prototypes that integrate the use of the technology

The duration of each Bootcamp is five consecutive days for five hours each - a total of twenty five hours divided into a balance of theory and hands-on practical sessions. At the end of each Bootcamp, students make a working prototype based on a problem that they want to solve.

Students keep the materials and components they use to build their prototype so they may improve on it further. Students will receive a Certificate of Participation on completion of the Bootcamp.

Limited Spaces!

Maximum number of students in each Bootcamp - 10


Our Next Offerings

Robotics Bootcamp

Robotics Bootcamp

The field of Robotics is a combination of various engineering branches that cover the design, construction, operation & application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback & information processing. These technologies deal with automated machines that can take the place of humans in dangerous environments or manufacturing processes, or resemble humans in appearance, behaviour, and/or cognition.

Learning goals of the Robotics Bootcamp:

  • Learn to make robots.
  • Gain hands-on experience working with the Arduino platform.
  • Learn to build Embedded Systems.
  • Develop microcontroller programming skills.
  • Apply the knowledge to make an autonomous robot.


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Embedded_Systems

Embedded Systems Bootcamp

Embedded Systems are the core of most of the intelligent devices that exist in today's world. Everything around us from a simple watch to a spaceship is utilizing Embedded Systems. Our mobile phones, washing machines, microwave ovens, automobiles, etc have some form of embedded systems that are responsible for their intelligent functioning. Electronic devices are rapidly finding applications in many of these areas - from simple coffee vending machines to space applications to environmental friendly products, etc. This has increased the demand for professionals in the field of Embedded Systems. The main aim of this Bootcamp is to develop the skills of students and make them efficient with hardware and software related concepts of Arduino.

Students will:

  • Learn the basic features of a microcontroller
  • Use different display devices
  • Interface external peripherals with a microcontroller. Examples include: Matrix Keypad, LCD Display, Seven Segment Display
  • Develop their own working prototype.

Benefits for the students:

  • Students will gain practical experience in prototyping with embedded systems.
  • Fundamental concepts of electronics and programming will be taught or clarified.
  • Hands-on learning in each topic for in-depth understanding.
  • Students will use physical and electronic tools to apply their knowledge to make a complete embedded system.


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Programming Bootcamp

Programming: Python 101 Bootcamp

Python is a free and open source programming language that is simple to understand and versatile. The language is standard in the software industry (Google servers run on Python) and used in solutions to many applications from automation to web systems. Learning Python helps enhance the problem solving skills of an individual.

Students will:

  • Explore the core concepts of programming with Python
  • Gain hands-on experience creating algorithms and basic systems
  • Learn to use python libraries and practice methods of storing and using data

This Bootcamp aims to teach students the basics of programming computers using Python. It also covers the basics of how one constructs a program from a series of simple instructions in Python. The Bootcamps has no pre-requisites; Anyone with moderate computer experience should be able to master the contents of this Bootcamp.


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Organised by:

Consilience

Consilience is a global innovation consultancy, grounded in research and development. We have created tested systems, processes, and tools for sustained innovation for relevant learning for students. We take a systematic, research ­based approach to helping schools and organizations create new innovations that meet the needs of learners in their unique contexts.

Learning Partners:

Confederation of Indian Industry
Confederation of Indian Industry

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process. Founded in 1895, India's premier business association has over 7400 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 100,000 enterprises from around 250 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.

CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues.

Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, healthcare, education, livelihood, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and water, to name a few.

In its 120th year of service to the nation, the CII theme of ‘Build India – Invest in Development, A Shared Responsibility,’ reiterates Industry’s role as a partner in national development. The focus is on four key enablers: Facilitating Growth & Competitiveness, Promoting Infrastructure Investments, Developing Human Capital, and Encouraging Social Development.

With 64 offices, including 9 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 7 overseas offices in Australia, China, Egypt, France, Singapore, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 300 counterpart organizations in 106 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.

Ekonnect

Mainstreaming environmental sustainability through education and training is the raison d’etre of Ekonnect KnowledgeFoundation. The non-profit company is fuelled by the vision of Dr. Prasad Modak, who has made environmental education the work of his life. In his experience as faculty at the Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Dr. Modak developed a strong passion and sense of commitment towards nurturing and mentoring students and young professionals in Environmental Management & Sustainability. With his firsthand experience of mainstream environmental education combined with his practical experience as a consultant, Dr. Modak has developed an unparalleled insight into designing training programmes in the domain of environment and sustainability. He continues to teach as adjunct professor at IIT, Mumbai. Engaging with stakeholders ranging from university students, young professionals and educational institutions, to government bodies and corporates, Ekonnect has successfully delivered a range of training services including face-to-face and blended learning training programmes, training of trainers (ToT), curriculum design and career counselling in the domain of environment and sustainability. The initiatives of Ekonnect are supported by Environmental Management Centre, a strategic environmental consultancy founded by Dr. Prasad Modak in 1995.

IAAD

In order to promote sustainability, IL&FS Ltd established the IL&FS Academy of Applied Development (IAAD). IAAD’s vision is to be the leading Research to Practice Facilitator, a Knowledge Hub of excellence for Innovations and a Think-tank for Policy & Advocacy in the area of Climate Change & Smart Sustainability.IAAD is a “Not for Profit” organization and its mission is to create a new paradigms in continuing education and capacity building.

Towards this end, IAAD uses a variety of innovative tool-boxes and strategies, to impart training, build leadership and promote entrepreneurship, facilitate innovative technologies, products and services, operate knowledge networks and influence policies. IAAD Primary stakeholders are students, faculty, working professionals, businesses and government officials. IAAD operates a nodal network of institutions of repute and varied backgrounds in the form of an ecosystem. These institutes include Administrative Staff College of India Hyderabad; IIT Bombay; Gujarat Pollution Control Board; Malaviya National Institute of Technology; TERI University; Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs; Washington University at St. Louis,USA; Delft University of Technology & Stichting Deltares, Netherlands; AIT (Asian Institute of Technology), Vietnam; United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and The International Corporate Governance Network.

Mentors
Samal Gorai
Samal Gorai

Samal Gorai is an entrepreneur, technologist and engineer. He recently founded an engineering research company, Widescope Lab Pvt. Ltd. He has been working with various Web technologies like JavaScript, PHP, Java, Node.js, HTML 5, CSS 3, MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, Cassandra, Linux etc since 2008. He has always been passionate about solving problem using technology. Previously he worked in Ericsson India, 6D Telecom, WizEngage and BugClipper. Along with building software, he is deeply interested in the use of technology for learning. Last year, he ran a coding bootcamp, to teach software development. He had developed a new story method to teach students how to pick up complex concepts and turn them into simple ones. He also wanted them to realize how developing these specific skill sets would open several new career and entrepreneurial opportunities for them. He strongly believes Education has the power to transform both the human being and the society she lives in. He is still a student and calls himself a meta-learner.

Sasi Gade
Sasi Gade

Sasi is a Robotics Researcher, specializing mainly in Human Robot Interaction. When he was kid, he dreamt of becoming an engineer, astronaut, actor, artist, lawyer, psychologist and ofcourse to be GOD himself. Luckily, of all that confusion, he became an engineer, and now he is living his dream, by designing robots which could do all he ever wanted to become. He runs Gade Autonomous Systems Private Limited, a R&D robotics consultancy, which has designed robots and algorithms for many popular robotic companies around the world.

Stalin Dayanand
Stalin Dayanand

Stalin Dayanand is the Projects Director at Vanashakti. It is an environmental NGO whose thrust areas are landscape conservation, environmental education, scientific investigation and sustainable livelihoods. Vanashakti is responsible for the Ulhas River Project in Mumbai. Their initiative intends to examine the extent of toxicity of the river, make a restoration plan to revive its original form and seek accountability from the authorities responsible for the health and well being of the river, for its revival. Stalin is a passionate environmentalist whose earlier stint was with the Conservation Action Trust (CAT) as Projects Head (Mangrove Wetland Centre).

Kavita Mallya
Kavita Mallya

Kavita Mallya is the Officer for Projects at Vanashakti. It is an environmental NGO whose thrust areas are landscape conservation, environmental education, scientific investigation and sustainable livelihoods. Vanashakti is responsible for the Ulhas River Project in Mumbai. It is one of the largest rivers that exists in Mumbai and is a source of livelihood for many river dependent communities. Their initiative intends to examine the extent of toxicity of the river, make a restoration plan to revive its original form and seek accountability from the authorities responsible for the health and well being of the river, for its revival. Kavita is an experienced field biologist with expertise in birds and reptiles.

Rishi Aggarwal
Rishi Aggarwal

Rishi Aggarwal is Rishi is a well known environmentalist who has championed numerous environmental causes in Mumbai over 15 years. He has been closely involved with shaping urban governance and speaking about how the quality of administration has a deep impact on the quality of life of citizens covering areas like public transport, air quality, solid waste management, preservation of large green areas. He has worked with numerous NGOs and currently runs a program called Walking Project aimed at making Indian cities walking friendly. He has been involved with numerous campaigns and organizations during his career and is best known for his work on saving the mangroves and the coastal ecology of Mumbai.

Past Speakers
Rajeev Thakker
Rajeev Thakker

Rajeev Thakker runs his own architectural & design practice, a-RT, which documents the city & various spatial conditions through cartographic, architectural & other creative processes. He is also the Curator of Columbia University’s Studio X, which focuses on creating a collaborative platform for architects, artists, planners, developers, and activists to engage in research, exhibitions, debates & various other programs regarding the future of cities. He has taught design & theory at several institutions including Parsons School of Design, Rensallaer Polytecnic Institute in Rochester, N.Y. , the A.B.A.C. School of Architecture in Bangkok, Thailand and Columbia University. Rajeev obtained his Bachelors of Architecture from Syracuse University in 1994 and his Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in 1998.

Amit Ghosal
Amit Ghosal

Mr. Amit Ghosal is an Architect-Planner with over 30 years of wide and varied professional experience in Planning, Design and Execution of Urban-scale projects of national eminence. His basic strengths are to conceive and visualize large-scale projects in the Urban and Regional context while integrating the nuances of planning and design with economically viable and appropriate infrastructure services. His areas of interest and specialization are of “Energy Efficient Buildings”, responsive to local climate, renewable energy applications in Architectural Design, and Planning principles incorporating waste-recycling, rain-water harvesting, aquifer-recharge, economics in the lay-out of services, landscaping and other applications towards “Sustainable-Development”. Apart from his professional duties as an Architect-Planner, he has conducted courses on Sustainability, Settlement Planning, Environmental Engineering, and Energy-Conscious Architecture.

Sonal Shah
Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah is an Associate – Urban Development and Accessibility at EMBARQ India. She coordinates projects on improving accessibility to mass transit stations, and within business districts and residential neighbourhoods through street and public space design. Sonal has over 5 years’ experience in architecture, research, urban planning and design in the USA and India. She has worked on development plans, heritage management plans, urban redevelopment, and housing policy research. Sonal is an architect-urban planner. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai and a Master’s degree in International Planning from Columbia University, New York.

Aamer Hassanally
Aamer Hassanally

Aamer studied Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship at Brown University, where he began his journey into social enterprise. With a group of classmates, he founded WaterWalla - a non-profit organisation focused on clean water distribution in urban slums. Today, Aamer leads WaterWalla's efforts in India to support and mentor student groups in water-related projects.

Manisha Pandita
Manisha Pandita

Manisha is a Project Leader at Dalberg Global Development Advisers in their Mumbai office, where she is focused on inclusive business and public policy, particularly in the healthcare, education and sanitation sectors. She has experience working with corporations, non-profits, government agencies and philanthropic organizations on private sector development, program strategy, and market landscape analysis. Most recently, she worked with a large international foundation on attracting private sector engagement to provide sustainable sanitation solutions in small and medium towns in India. Currently, she is developing business plans to pilot two innovative enterprise and consumer finance solutions for renewable energy technologies in India. Prior to Dalberg, Manisha was a Senior Associate Consultant with Bain & Company in their Boston office. At Bain, she worked across industries on a variety of key strategic and operational issues, including growth strategy and organizational efficiency. She also lead Bain Boston’s chapter of Inspire, a national consulting organization for non-profit clients, where she worked mainly with clients in education and youth development. Manisha holds an A.B. with honors in Economics and Government from Harvard University.

Radhika Chatterjee
Radhika Chatterjee

Radhika Chatterjee is a student aiming to provide sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly solutions to meet growing world energy demands. She is a recent graduate of Czech Technical University in Prague, and wrote her Bachelor thesis with the help of the Czech Nuclear Research Institute (UJV Rez), in which she analyzed the applicability of hydrogen as a renewable energy carrier for remotely located communities. She has worked at Vitkovice Power Engineering (Ostrava, Czech Republic) and plans to further her studies in the field of Electrical Power Engineering, specializing in Smart Grids and Buildings, at INP Grenoble in France this year.

Vivek Adhia
Vivek Adhia

Vivek Adhia is a Senior Associate in the Climate and Energy Program within WRI India, working with businesses to promote stewardship, innovation and an alternate response to climate change. Currently, he is leading an initiative to set up a voluntary, unanimous, industry-led National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Program to facilitate efficient, profitable, competitive and sustainable businesses in a carbon-constrained world. Vivek has worked extensively with the corporate sector on climate strategy, carbon footprinting, water footprinting and environmental mapping, incorporating sustainable business practices across organizations. He also led a workstream on Collaborative Innovation with the World Economic Forum, covering the areas of bio-refineries, energy harnessing and alternative materials promoting and mainstreaming innovation across the food-water-energy and carbon nexus. He has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Pune, Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Mumbai University, and has pursued a certificate course in Management and Leadership Essentials from Harvard University.

Priyanka Vasudevan
Priyanka Vasudevan

Priyanka is a Senior Project Associate with EMBARQ India's Urban Transport team. She works on projects related to the planning, operation, and implementation of bus services. She is involved in Bus Karo Plus, a program designed to foster communication around best practices for bus systems in India. She also coordinates efforts for other public transport projects, including a potential bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Mumbai. Prior to EMBARQ, she was involved in conceptual design plans for pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in Mumbai. Prior to that she was based out of Australia where she worked as a consultant to frame policies and strategies on public and non-motorized transport. Priyanka holds a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Her bachelor's degree is in International Relations and Japanese.

Sukriti Gupta
Sukriti Gupta

Sukriti believes efficient, simple, cross disciplinary design is a large part of the solution to Earth’s resource inequality & environmental problems. She is the Co-Founder of the Academy For Earth Sustainability, which helps schools, businesses, and individuals gain critical life skills and knowledge through collaborative, hands-on projects in sustainability. She has spent many years developing & leading educational workshops with schools and corporates at Ark Eden on Lantau, a similar permaculture education model. Holding a degree in Sustainable Design & Fine Arts from George Washington University, she has worked and consulted internationally at top hospitality firms, in both interiors and resource management. She is a passionate gender activist, outdoor enthusiast and self-professed shark lover.

Laxmikant Deshpande
Laxmikant Deshpande

Laxmikant Deshpande has worked in the field of Environment Education for the past 13 years. He has worked with NGO’s, research institutes, corporates, and government agencies focusing on solid waste management, climate change, biodiversity conservation, wetlands and mangrove ecosystems of Mumbai. His work experience deals with EE for schools, colleges, citizens groups, corporate employees and policy makers. He played a lead role in the development of the ‘Communication Strategy for Solid Waste Management of Mumbai’ for the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and ‘Indradhanushya Citizens Environment Centre’ for Pune Municipal Corporation. He has worked on projects with the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Bombay Natural History Society, Godrej Mangrove Project, Centre for Environment Education and Environmental Management Centre (EMC) and Centre for Environmental Research and Education (CERE). He has a Masters in Environment Sciences from University of Pune (2000).


Speakers

Dr. Prasad Modak
Dr. Prasad Modak

Dr. Prasad Modak is currently the Chief Sustainability Officer at IL&FS. Previously faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology (Mumbai) for over a decade, and a well-established national and international environmental consultant, Dr Modak has clear insight and experience in capacity building, training and education. Dr. Modak has also founded Ekonnect, which has been set up to offer awareness and learning programmes in the field of Environment and Sustainability. He has, over the years, conducted programmes for communities focused towards stimulating action on issues in environment. Dr Modak has worked on a number of assignments concerning institutional assessment and capacity building in the field of environmental management. His blend of experience with academic and research institutions, private sector and financing institutions, bi-lateral and multilateral development agencies as well as Governments has provided him an advantage to take a rounded approach.

Dr. Modak will be speaking on Sustainable Urban Development.

Shankar Desphande
Shankar Desphande

Mr. Shankar Deshpande is the Jt. Project Director (Town Planning), MMRDA and Member Secretary of the Mithi River Development and Protection Authority. At Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) Mr. Deshpande has initiated several urban planning and development projects, some of them being the development of BKC into a CBD, Mithi River redevelopment project, Mumbai Metro project and several others.

Mr. Deshpande will be speaking on Urban Development, challenges MMRDA faces and future developments in Mumbai.

Dr. Leena Wadia
Dr. Leena Wadia

Dr. Leena Chandran-Wadia is Senior Fellow at Observer Research Foundation (ORF) Mumbai, which is an independent, non-partisan, public policy think tank. She is engaged in policy research and advocacy in two main areas: 1) towards improving the quality of higher education in science and engineering in the country, and 2) on renewable energy systems, particularly distributed mini-grids for energy access in rural India.

Leena received her Ph.D in physics from the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, and did her post-doctoral research at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. She has been a technology researcher at several places in India and abroad, including NCST Mumbai (now CDAC), EPF Lausanne, and CERN in Switzerland. She has also served as Senior VP and CTO at Netcore Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a start-up company in the space of Mobile Value-Added Services. She can be reached at leena.wadia@orfonline.org.

Leena will be speaking on the Impact of Alternative Energy on Urban Development.

Rishi Aggarwal
Rishi Aggarwal

Rishi Aggarwal is a well known environmental activist in Mumbai with a keen interest and involvement in urban issues. Over an involvement spanning 15 years he has worked with numerous NGOs and worked on impacting issues like saving the mangroves forests of Mumbai, solid waste management and improving Mumbai's public transport systems. He is a Research Fellow at Observer Research Foundation where he convenes the Mumbai Transport Forum.

Rishi will be speaking on Mobility for all - Developing safe, inclusive and efficient transport systems for MMR.

Girish Nair
Girish Nair

Girish Nair is founder of Curiosity Gym, a startup dedicated to creating an environment and platform open to people of all ages to explore and develop their innermost curiosity and entrepreneurship skills by listening, thinking, making and iterating. Girish has over 25 years industry experience in Silicon Valley, Ireland and India. He has been Mentor at Tandem Capital, a Silicon Valley seed capital fund and Microsoft Startup Accelerator in Bangalore.Girish has been CEO of Netcore and Gamechanger, (a Netcore subsidiary), an email and mobile marketing solutions company based in Mumbai. During his tenure, Netcore was recognized as developing the most innovative campaigns for clients in the digital marketing space by several domestic and international industry bodies as well as launched an Internet of Things sub-division. Girish's interests are innovation, technology and human integration and having fun in all you do. His hobbies are biking, basketball and playing with kids.

Girish will be speaking on the Impact of Internet of Things on Urban Development.

Sasi Gade
Sasi Gade

Sasi is a Robotics Researcher, specializing mainly in Human Robot Interaction. When he was kid, he dreamt of becoming an engineer, astronaut, actor, artist, lawyer, psychologist and ofcourse to be GOD himself. Luckily, of all that confusion, he became an engineer, and now he is living his dream, by designing robots which could do all he ever wanted to become. He runs Gade Autonomous Systems Private Limited, a R&D robotics consultancy, which has designed robots and algorithms for many popular robotic companies around the world.

Sasi will be speaking on "Algorithms That Matter - Using Human-Robot Interaction to Solve Real World Problems".

Debartha Banerjee
Debartha Banerjee

Debartha is one of the co-founders of Sampurn(e)arth. He has keen interest in technology, sustainable development and in participating to solve environmental issues. He is a Electronics and Instrumentation Engineer and has worked for two years in Software Industry. He did his masters in Social Entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Sampurn(e)arth provides context based waste management solutions which are environmental friendly, actively engages waste pickers and is profitable. We work along with Municipal corporations, corporates, educational campuses, residentials to manage both biodegradable waste (handled through compost units or biogas plants) and non-biodegradable waste (channelized to recyclers). Waste pickers are also trained and employed to manage these systems. We also do waste audits, provide recycled paper stationery and do impact assessments.

Debartha will be speaking on the story of Sampurna(e)arth and Waste Management.

Payal Tiwari
Payal Tiwari

Payal Tiwari is a graduate in Women’s Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She is particularly interested in researching on social issues from a feminist perspective. She has researched in Kashmir on women’s experiences during conflict. She has also complied an ethnographic research on nomadic tribes in Mumbai. At Observer Research Foundation Mumbai she has authored a document titled “Domestic Violence as a Women’s Health Issue: Role of Primary Prevention” and “Toilet Torture in Mumbai’s Slums”.

She has been invited by MASHAV- Israel’s Agency for International Development Corporation for Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a course on Violence against Women and Children at the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Centre, Haifa, Israel.

Payal will be mentoring students in the Infrastructure studio.

Chirag Gajjar
Chirag Gajjar

Chirag Gajjar is a Project Associate for India GHG Program, a part of WRI’s Climate Program, at the India Liaison Office in Mumbai. He works in the field of climate change mitigation. His areas of work include promotion of GHG inventories with corporations and small and medium organizations; capacity building, tool development, and mitigation goal setting through the India GHG Program.

Prior to WRI, he worked with the climate change division of Deloitte and Perry Johnson Registrars Carbon Emissions Services, Inc. He was primarily involved in GHG emission reductions projects and GHG inventory projects. His other areas of works included development of audit protocols for GHG emission reductions projects under various schemes. He holds a keen interest in developing tools to inventory GHG emissions. Chirag holds Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Gujarat University, India. His interests include playing cricket and theatre.

Chirag will be mentoring students in the alternative energy studio.

Dushyant Asher
Dushyant Asher

Ar. Dushyant is the Principal Architect and co-founder at The Urban Project. After gaining experience in the domain of architecture and art locally and internationally he developed a keen interest in working in the public domain to improve the urban living conditions and the interface to a city.

He has worked on variety of projects in the public realm with the government bodies like BEST and the Indian Central Railways for the improvement of urban conditions and user experiences. He has done projects on multiple platforms as a product designer, artist, architect and graphic designer. Apart from the practice he also serves as an invited faculty member at Architecture Design Schools in Mumbai.

Dushyant will be mentoring students in the Architecture Studio.

Romit Mehta
Romit Mehta

Romit Mehta is a consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors – an international development advisory firm. At Dalberg, he has worked for large foundations, multilateral organizations and governments, across sectors such as sanitation, renewable energy, agriculture and organizational strategy. He has work experience in multiple countries in Asia and Africa.

He holds a bachelors in Economics from St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai with a masters in Mathematical economics from Cambridge University, U.K. where he was a Cambridge Commonwealth and a J.N. Tata scholar.

Romit will be mentoring students in the Infrastructure studio.

Hamsa Iyer
Hamsa Iyer

Hamsa Iyer works as an associate fellow with Observer Research Foundation working on Waste management in educational institutions. She recently developed a manual- Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan for Educational Institutions, guidelines to make campuses a zero waste zone. She sees the strong and useful link to clean up our natural resources with her focus on waste management.

She worked with India Water Portal, travelling across Maharashtra and Goa prior to ORF and writes on the popular blog-Menstrupedia, issues relating to waste management and menstrual hygiene.

Hamsa will be mentoring students in the waste management studio.

Participating Institutions
Aditya Birla World Academy Bombay International School Bombay Scottish School, Mahim S.M Shetty International School & Junior College
Cambridge School Children's Academy Ashok Nagar Children's Academy, Thakur Complex D Y Patil International School, Worli
Dhirubhai Ambani International School Dr Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel DSB Iinternational School Edubridge International School
Euroschool Airoli Fountainhead School, Surat Gandhi Bal Mandir High School Holy Cross High School
HVB Global Academy Jamnabai Narsee School Jasudben M.L. School Kohinoor International School
Lilvatibai Podar Senior Secondary School NES International School NSS Hill Spring International School Oberoi International School
RBK International Academy RIMS International School and Junior College Rustomjee Cambridge International School & Junior College Ryan Global School
Ryan International School, Kandivli Shishuvan English High School Singapore International School Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir
St Mary's Convent High School St. Pius X High School The Universal School, Ghatkopar VIBGYOR High, Goregoan
Pathways School

Projects



 

Aquaman uses sensor technology to purify and transport water in public sewage pipeline systems.The aim of this project was to create a solution that could aid the municipal corporations of cities to transport and purify water they move across the city. This was created by students at TRAI 2016. A.W.F.A. Bot is used to transport water from cities to villages -mainly in areas which experience major drought. It carries the water in aluminium tubs which avoids leakage (preventing loss of water) and is also cheap. While transporting the water, it also purifies it through the process of reverse osmosis. This makes it safe for drinking. This was created by students at TRAI 2016.




Smart Bin Solutions for schools through which data can be collected on the amount and kinds of waste in bins at schools. This was created by students at TRAI 2015. Cap n Charge is a solar cap that can charge your phone on the go. This was created by students at TRAI 2015.




Reclasp is a device used to gain social and community help after the rehabilitation therapy to reduce chances of relapsing of diseases and chronic ailments like drug addiction, diabetes Motorized knee brace that has an ultrasonic sensor that senses things within a 10 cm radius and makes the leg move accordingly that can help rehabilitate and restore injured knee caps. This was created by students at TRAI 2014.




Health Application that consists of a central database that can be used to give rural people access to information stored on a central database that can be used to prevent diseases through cross-communication between rural villages using mobile technology. This was created by students at TRAI 2014. Stress Buster is a device that helps you get rid of stress by using an accelerometer to monitor any hand movements that can be co-related with stressful behaviour like biting nails or scratching head and using light indicators to inform user about behaviour that can cause more stress. This was created by students at TRAI 2014.




A low cost prosthetic leg that is made of recycled materials and programmed using Arduino that can help disabled people in rural areas. This was created by students at TRAI 2014. Sleep Tracker is a device that lets you track your sleep by using a sensor on a watch like device and data will be provided to user on sleep patterns over long period. This was created by students at TRAI 2014.




Ideal Road for Mumbai urban design plan that consists of a two wheeler pathway, pedestrian crossing button, speed breakers between lanes, and a no trucks and buses policy. This was created by students at TRAI 2014. Using Piezo Tiles on footbridges that connect platforms at railway stations in Mumbai to illuminate them at night to avoid accidents. This was created by students at TRAI 2014.




Schedule

Day 1


  • Introduction
    Taking the Lead: Designing Solutions for Urban Development

  • TRAI Challenges
    Verticals/Topics/Studios Included

  • Changes in Urban Development
    Big Trends/Drivers

  • Design Thinking Process
    Lean Methodology

  • Break

  • Group Distribution for Challenges

  • Challenge Focus Groups
    Define Problem Brief

  • Lunch

  • Team Design Phase
    Ideate & Prototype Solutions

  • Reflection
    Share Progress


Day 2


  • Team Design Phase
    Ideate & Prototype Solutions

  • Lunch

  • Team Design Phase
    Ideate & Prototype Solutions

  • Presentation/Demo Preparation

  • Presentation/Demo

Past Events



TRAI Summit October 2014

  

TRAI Summit April 2014

 

Mobile Healthcare/Apps DIY, Low Cost/Resource Devices




Wearable/ Tech Devices Monitoring Vitals Rehabilitation/Therapy




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