& SOCIAL INNOVATION
WORKSHOP + CONFERENCE 2020
The MIT India Initiative is a not-for-profit effort of students and alumni from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to delve into pressing problems in novel, challenging contexts, and tackle these with technology and design.
The Design, Technology and Social Innovation workshop will be held in Mumbai, India facilitating participants to work on solutions that cut across boundaries of cultures, disciplines, and institutions. MIT and Harvard mentors (with guidance from workshop leadership) will work in teams on problems that relate to their expertise for a week with Indian students, direct them to potential solutions, and run sessions that challenge workshop students to think outside the box.
This is the first version of MIT India Initiative innovation workshop series assimilating the drive of multiple departments from MIT and Harvard to address local challenges of India. This initiative has been greatly inspired from several other initiatives of the past. MIT India Initiative acknowledges the collective effort of MIT, and is grateful for the past work done by MIT alumni and other MIT wide groups including MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design, MIT Media Lab India Initiative, MIT Connected Learning Initiative, MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives, MIT D-Lab India, and MIT J-Pal South Asia group.
DEVELOPING WORLD PROBLEMS
WORKING TOWARDS SOLUTIONS
THE MIT CULTURE
OF HANDS-ON LEARNING
Bringing Social Impact Researchers from MIT and Harvard to India.
Cutting across boundaries
of cultures, disciplines, and institutions.
The students go through a design studio and technology exposure to build projects relevant to their themes in a time frame of 5 days. The participants go through a process of problem identification with storyboarding, ideating and brainstorming sessions, rapid prototyping, and product development. The last day of the workshop culminates in a public open-house with thousands of students, colleges and professionals coming from across the host city to view cutting edge solutions along with press and media to cover the event. The event ends with a networking session bringing in top industry executives, academicians, MIT and Harvard faculty and researchers. The workshop is a tremendous learning and experimentation ground for MIT and Harvard researchers as well as for the young participants.
What is the Workshop About?
MIT & HARVARD LEADERSHIP TEAM
Yihyun Lim (Director, MIT Design Lab, CMS), Sara Colombo, Ashwin Gopinath (Asst. Prof MECHE) | Faculty Advisors
Vishesh Kumar (UW Madison), Paritosh Goel (Coordinator) | Operations
Jen Tutak (MIT GSLI Coordinator), Anirudh Sharma, Sarandeep Singh | Mentoring
Tanuja Nailwal (JIIT) | Head of India Communications