‘Design Innovation Workshop’ by MIT Media Lab, USA & WeSchool

Nidhi updated on : 21 Apr 2016

With over 100 unique & innovative prototypes and 380 participants, India’s biggest ‘Design Innovation Workshop’ concludes successfully

WeSchool, Design, Innovation, MIT

The biggest ‘Design Innovation Workshop’ jointly conducted by Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WeSchool) and MIT Media Lab, USA successfully concluded in an ‘Open House’ on Saturday, February 01, 2014 at WeSchool campus. The ‘Open House’ was an exhibition to showcase innovative design prototypes of a weeklong workshop with over 380 participants from all over India and different walks of life at WeSchool’s Mumbai campus.

This workshop with over ten different tracks was mentored by MIT Media Lab experts from US and local mentors from WeSchool where the participants were introduced to using holistic innovative and design thinking approach to address real world problems and issues. Starting from a field visit to identify crucial pain points of the society to brainstorming on its plausible solutions, the workshop focused on different tracks like Living Mobile, Banking, Sustainability, Grassroot Engineering, Performance Capture, Interaction Futures and Creative Learning.

Some of the notable ones from over 100 prototypes exhibited on Saturday are mentioned below:

  • A unique comb which detects the health of your scalp and hair
  • An automated stove with a timer which prevents wastage of kerosene by using a timer,
  • A mobile van to improve communication skills of students of Municipal schools
  • A radical ATM machine which uses advanced bio-metrics for authentication thus eliminating the need for a physical card and the cumbersome passwords
  • A device to which enables hearing impaired enjoy music using vibrations, colour & lyrics
  • A smartphone app to identify fake currency notes
  • A piggy bank which encourages kids to save and also simultaneously learn math
  • A smart bike which warns of potholes and proximity to other vehicles on the road
  • A cheaper version of ‘Google glass’ which mimics your smartphone screen
  • A real-time solution to help the visually impaired navigate and read non-Braille script
  • A cleaning device which makes disposable cups reusable
  • A uniquely eco-friendly designed hand cart for hawkers which saves 40% space and uses solar power
  • A Rs 25 device which monitors wastage of gas & time when cooking
  • A device which costs just Rs 80 to convert your fan to an air-cooler
  • A mattress which monitors your pulse, temperature & movement and also acts as a mosquito repellent

Talking on the occasion, Prof Dr Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, WeSchool said, “The collaboration between MIT Media lab and WeSchool is an initiative to mentor a generation of Innovators (Gen I) , to be nurtured as global citizen leaders who can inspire pioneering initiatives to address the changes in the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous ) world. WeSchool has been striving to create an ecosystem that encourages people to incorporate design thinking in action. The convergence of design thinking, technology and empathy in the Design Innovation workshop has created an open platform for bringing Indian participants from diverse educational streams to leverage their knowledge and strengths in order to create something meaningful for societal good. Such workshops are pivotal in encouraging the entrepreneurial landscape in India. We are glad to be collaborating with MIT Media Lab to provide this platform for translating innovative ideas into executable solutions.”



Established in 1977, Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WeSchool) features among the premier Business Schools in India. Run by charitable Trust S.P. Mandali, Pune, all across the state of Maharashtra, WeSchool is ranked 10th among the top private B-Schools, 8th in international linkages by Forbes India in their best Business School survey in July 2011 and ranked 16th in Economic Times - India Inc’s Preferred B Schools survey 2011.


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