Chris Hand is an interaction designer with over 20 years experience as an educator in the UK, India and Malaysia. He specialises in teaching workshops and hack-labs, particularly introducing "just enough technology" to creative people of all disciplines so they can incorporate it into their practice.
Chris has an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art, London, and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK. He specialises in prototyping interactive products, services and systems, with particular interests in DIY culture, empowerment through tinkering, and critical and speculative design.
He has worked on recent projects with Intel, Superflux, and Dunne & Raby, and has served as visiting faculty/researcher at the Royal College of Art, University of Edinburgh, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, University of Split, Croatia, and Edinburgh College of Art. He was co-founder and co-curator of 'This Happened Edinburgh', an independent talks and networking series focused on interaction design and technology.
Since 2010 Chris has lived and worked in India. He is currently Head of the Department of Communication Design at Pearl Academy, across campuses in New Delhi, Noida and Mumbai.
Claire Mookerjee is a designer and urbanist with expertise in innovative people-focused city design solutions. Currently managing a collaboration with Microsoft and Guide Dogs for Future Cities Catapult, London which seeks to develop research and prototypes addressing possible new modes of navigation in cities. Previously she has worked as a Design Research at Gehl Architects in Copenhagen working on public realm strategies across the world and also as an independent consultant on a number of large scale developments in London for both developers and city councils. She worked at LSE Cities on UNEP’s Green Economy Report and supported Design for London with their Outer London Fund work. In 2007 she founded a London gallery which showed the work of architects, artists and urbanists. She has an MSc in City Design and Sociology from the London School of Economics and undergraduate degrees from the Chelsea School of Art and Design and Central St Martins, London.
Co-Founder 00:/, Young Foundation Senior Innovation Associate
Indy is an architect. He, on behalf of 00:/, has co-founded multiple social ventures from Westminster Impacthub to the Hub Launchpad [A £4m Open Venture Accelerator] and has also co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy , whilst supporting several 00:/ explorations/ experiments including the wikihouse.cc, opendesk.cc.
Indy is a Director of Data Science London and an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative.
Indy in collaboration with the Young Foundation is co-founding a new Applied Research, Design and Prototyping Centre - Project H:H, focused on new 21st Institutional infrastructures. The centre is currently working on the series of institutional start ups and research networks from the Polytechnic of the future to the Cooperative2.0 to Next Gen Corporate for Social Innovation amongst others.
Chair of Creative Technology, University of Dundee
Professor Jon Rogers holds a personal chair in creative technology at the University of Dundee. His work explores the human intersection between digital technologies and the design of physical of things. He balances playful technologies with citizenship to find new ways to connect people to each other and to their data.
Jon Founded the Product Research Studio located in the North East of Scotland in 2009 and is proud to have worked with some of the world’s best organisations, including BBC R&D, Microsoft, Mozilla, NASA, the Met Office and the Victoria and Albert Museum. With academic collaborations that include MIT Media Labs in the US and the National Institute of Design in India Jon is excited about how easy the world is to reach and to connect to.
Jon has a PhD in neural networks from Imperial College London and built up his knowledge of research at the interface between design and digital technology while being a tutor and researcher at the Royal College of Art. His move to Dundee in 2003 was the start of a new focus of work that is focused on socially relevant and playful physical digital interactions. Outside the studio you might find him at South By South West Festival in the US, in the thick of the London Design Festival in the UK, in the NID HackSpace at the National Institute of Design, or in the café of the Fisheries Museum in his hometown of Anstruther, in Fife.
Matt Marsh has a background in behavioural sciences & user-centered innovation, and is recognised internationally for his people-shaped(TM) approach to new product and service innovation.
Matt is expert at providing innovation teams with the missing customer perspective that helps correctly link new forms of product and service to successful commercialisation.
He is Creative Director at Firsthand Experience, a visiting professor at Ravensbourne University in London, a Design Associate within the British Govt's Technology Strategy Board, and serves on the Professional Affairs Board of the Institute for Human Factors and Ergonomics.
Prior to setting up Firsthand Experience in 2002, Matt was studio leader and then marketing director at IDEO, and then served as an innovation envoy at the Design Council. With a wide range of experience in many fields including transportation, healthcare,
government, technology and telecommunication sectors, Matt has created award-winning customer centred services, products, software, systems and environments.
Matt's recent clients include: Novartis, Samsung, BBC, BMW, Brother, Channel 4, CAF Bank, Maverick TV, Nokia, Pfizer, Plastic Logic and Reuters.
Praveen Nahar is a Senior Faculty member in Industrial Design at National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad India. He teaches and mentors students in the Product Design and Transportation & Automobile Design Programmes and heads the Design Vision Centre & chairs Knowledge Management Centre at NID.
He studied Industrial Design at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) New Delhi, and Sustainable Design at the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. Praveen has over 17 years of experience in design teaching, consultancy and research. Prior to NID, he was a lecturer in industrial design at IIT Bombay and a research associate in Transportation Research at IIT Delhi.
He has wide areas of academic and professional interests, including Systems Thinking in Design, Design Thinking, Sustainable Design/Green Design, Design in the Public Domain, Rapid Product Development, Appropriate Technologies, and Strategic Design. In recent years he has been actively involved with academic projects with students concerning Systems Thinking and Design which involves projects with complex issues/wicked problems ranging from healthcare to mobility.
Tanishka Kachru holds an MA in History of Design and the Decorative Arts from Parsons School of Design, New York and a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from University of Bombay. Tanishka teaches courses in History of Design and guides projects in Museum Design and Design for Public Space, as a faculty in Communication Design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
Her research interests and publications are in the area of representing and promoting national design identities and exploring how culture sells nations.
Some of Tanishka’s recent works include an integrated heritage-based development plan for Taj Ganj, Agra for the Directorate of Tourism, Government of U.P.; participatory planning for setting up of a Community Museum in Banaskantha,Gujarat for the non-profit organisation, SEWA; working on a museum in rural Rajasthan for the Ramakrishna Mission Trust. She serves on the advisory committee of the National Children’s Museum and experiments with ways of making museums fun for children along with her 8 year old daughter.
Tanishka also works with several community based organizations in Ahmedabad like the Polio Foundation, Community Oncology Centre, Gujari Bazaar Traders Association, and Arzoo Foundation for Children.
Aditi is a creative director and interaction designer with a penchant for installation art. Spanning seven years of design experience, she has covered a variety of projects from usability research and web design to branding and advertising. Her passion is creating beautiful experiences across iOS, Android and Web platforms.
Aliya champions the transformative power of storytelling, and thinks it can be harnessed make civic interventions more engaging. She wants to explore how the public-private responsibility distribution equation of urban living can be made clear and more citizen-friendly.
Ankit loves to mashup hardware, software and data constructively to provide tools that empower people to create and communicate, to improve education, and make life easier. He also has a general interest in psychology, cultures, travel and understanding people.
Ayaz is the Founder of Busride, an interdisciplinary practice specializing in the construction of built environments. His pratice blends a mix of Industrial design and Architecture to work on insightfully designed spaces, and to achieve a macro-micro balance.
Badrinarayanan Seetharaman is a fellow at the Law, Governance Development Initiative at APU, where he researches land administration, and the use of technology in governance. Badri is also a co-founder of 501Labs, which develops maps-based interfaces on mobile platforms, most recently working on crowd-sourced data aggregation tools to map civic infrastructure.
Ben Barker is a designer and co-founder of PAN Studio, producing interactive objects for installations and immersive theatre, and creating experimental objects designed to find new ways of enriching everyday living. Pan were designers of Hello Lamp Post, a city wide platform for play.
Ben is a digital and interactive artist. He works as part of Invisible Flock, an artist company based in Leeds in the north of England. They make large scale work, ranging from public art, installation, digital work, games and performance, treading a line between documentary and fiction, focusing on participation.
Cassie is a co-director of the Point People. They work in a way that draws their collective intelligence together, from across different sectors, to look at social and cultural issues systemically. She's also the producer of the Intimacy Lab, Wearable Futures and LondonScape. She trained as a designer and psychologist.
Claire is a Chartered Psychologist / Research Associate interested in the possibilities of design and digital technologies to facilitate connections between people through urban space for transformative effect. Her research includes: human wellbeing; security and resilience; and future workplaces as they extend beyond buildings into the fabric of the city.
Dan likes to work on large, systemic problems that involve people and technology. Currently working on projects from the bottom of the sea to geostationary Earth orbit (and a bit beyond), Dan loves to see how other people work and solve problems, and actively encourages sharing everything.
Deepti is a Spatial Design consultant based in Delhi. She loves to create spaces and activities that link people through associations and common experiences. Collaboration, hands-on experiments and material explorations are very important to her work process.
Dilys Williams is a fashion designer, collaborator and creator of Centre for Sustainable Fashion. She engages translational leadership to devise and align emergent ideas towards sustainability through fashion’s artistic and business practices. Manifestations of her work are applied to design, academic research, education, government, and industry interactions.
Jo is a researcher who explores the impacts of digital technologies on cultural practices and sustainability, in particular how value is created, conveyed, retained and lost through digitisation. Based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, her practice-led methods typically involve designing and developing digital artefacts with a range of individuals, groups, research teams and companies.
Julia King is an Architect (RIBA II, AA Dip), creative practitioner, urban researcher and PhD candidate within the research department Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources (ARCSR). Her practice addresses housing, infrastructure (water and sanitation), urban planning, development and participatory design processes.
Kavita Singh Kale is a versatile media professional whose work has been showcased in national and international platforms. With a decade of experience in content creation in publication and film industry, she has handled broadcast design, illustrating and writing for picture books, music videos to short films.
Gamman is Professor of Design at Central Saint Martins (CSM), part of the University of the Arts London (UAL). She founded the award winning Design Against Crime Research centre in 1999, has delivered numerous design research publications as well as curated international exhibitions & catalysed a number of DAC products.
Louise is passionate about exploring where technology, creativity and sustainability meet. She wants to be part of catalysing a cultural shift towards a more sustainable society. By day she works at Forum for the Future, is co-creator of The Luddite magazine and is an occasional artist.
Design scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry is known as a champion of new science, technology and thinking that serves to make the world a better place. Her work is concerned with developing a vision of what successful change may look like and supporting others on a journey towards it.
Michael Edwards is a composer, performer, and software developer. He is the author of the "slippery chicken" algorithmic composition package. His compositional interests lie mainly in the development of structures for hybrid electro-instrumental pieces through the integration of algorithmically produced scored materials with similarly generated computer-processed sound.
Primarily trained as a gender sociologist, Niveditha received her doctoral degree from Penn State University in Sociology and Demography with a minor in Women’s Studies. She has recently expanded her interests to issues related to information technology, urban poverty, and participatory research methodologies.
Studio PSK is a collaborative design studio founded by Patrick Stevenson-Keating. The studio works across multiple platforms, but specialises in object driven speculative design. Preferring to use design as a medium to ask questions, rather than providing answers. Work explores tensions in society, science and emerging technologies.
Since the early nineteen-nineties Paul Sermon’s practice-based research in the field of contemporary media art has centred on the creative use of telecommunication technologies. Through his unique use of videoconferencing in artistic telepresence applications he has developed a series of celebrated interactive telematic art installations that have received international acclaim.
Persis Taraporevala leads a community building project in New Delhi. She has an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford and her primary research interest has been governance, studied through the lens of decentralised indigenous forest conservation processes and the theoretical underpinnings of citizenship in the urban context.
Sara is a Product and Interface Design graduate with a penchant for designing products and services that create stimulating experiences. She is particularly curious about people – their perceptions, eccentricities and idiosyncrasies, the cultures they build, the societies they live in, the customs they follow and the stories they tell.
Shantesh is a Landscape urbanist, theorist &designer. He operates on projects of diverse scales - from small architecture to evolving urban forms; and in diverse geographies. He believes that research and design go together - Design evolves research and research strengthens design.
Born in New Delhi and educated in Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Ahmedabad with a background in Fine Arts (Printmaking) and Filmmaking, Shradha founded Studio.Clock.Works. to revive the culture of playing traditional board games in time of digital media. She has been actively collecting games & game related stories from her travels.
Swati is an architect by profession and a writer by compulsion; and is currently pursuing part-time studies in Sustainable Urban Development at Oxford University. She has collaborated with Micro Home Solutions, designing for those who do not otherwise have access to design.
Tatjana is an educator and researcher at the School of Architecture, The University of Sheffield. Her work - writing, research, exhibitons, installations and interventions - is concerned with the social and economic mechanisms behind the production of the space.
Tom is an artist, writer and academic interested in exploring relationships between natural environments, data and social phenomena. Exhibitions include the Institute of Contemporary Arts; Victoria and Albert Museum; ZKM; Tate Online; the Madrid Art Fair Arco 2001; Intercommunication Center Tokyo (ICC) and numerous other festivals and galleries.
An architect, designer and dancer, Virkein is interested in the intersection of these diverse yet uniquely related fields and spends her time innovatively and intuitively between these disciplines.Most of her work focuses on policy research, scenography and contemporary dance in India.
Vishal is a City Designer with a focus on solving urban planning and design issues. In addition to design of sustainable cities, his experience includes neighborhood revitalization, urban infill design, mixed-income communities, public realm design, waterfront developments and campus planning projects in India, U.S.A., Middle East and China.
Vivek is an independent documentary photographer and visual journalist based out of Bangalore. His projects revolve around the theme of urban transformation, public spaces, social disparities and environment. He loves creating and curating personal narratives with the city as the backdrop leading to a commentary on society and neighbourhoods.
Vivek Sheth is a Co-Founder and Director at The Dodger Blue House in Mumbai. He is a graduate in Exhibition (Spatial) Design from NID. Vivek is also a Visiting Faculty at BARD, NewYork teaching subjects like Urban Design Theory & Practice and at NID teaching Scenography, Design Thinking & Environmental Perception.
Bhavna Ramrakhiani set up the Ahmedabad Community Foundation (ACF) in 2000 and she has been working as it’s
Convenor since then to provide the city with a platform that enables citizens involve themselves in city issues of Environment, Education and Heritage. She has been involved since the past ten years in the promotion and conservation of the 600 year old site of Sarkhej Roza, which has gained much prominence recently.
Bhavna is also the founding member of Taru Mitra, a platform that works to promote awareness among college students towards the environment and works to save existing trees in the city. Besides being a devoted mother to her eight year
old daughter Tara, Bhavna is passionate about her work at the Sarkhej Roza and her role as an advisor to the Sarkhej Roza Committee for seven years (2004-2011) has helped her gain an internal perspective into the issues faced by the committee against the rising tide of urbanization and it’s relation with other civic bodies. Her work at Sarkhej Roza has been a good model for the rest of her work in the field of Philanthropy, where citizens’ participation has helped to restore and promote one of the oldest and most beautiful monuments of the state of Gujarat. She has recently set up the Sarkhej Roza Crafts and Womens’ Collective that works to provide training and livelihood opportunities to the women living around the Roza.
Kiran Bir Sethi is founder and director of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad, which started in 2001. She has a design background, having received her diploma in visual communication from NID. Kiran integrated her knowledge of the design thinking process into creating an educational experience that was embedded in common sense. The Riverside School's program focuses on creating curious, competent, future citizens. Inspired by a dialogue with the children of Riverside, Kiran began aProCh in 2007 (A Protagonist in every Child), as a dialogue between the city and its children to make a city child friendly. aProCh strives at creating partnerships and a platform in the city for providing critical experiences of childhood for children. Kiran is also the founder of Design for Change, a global movement that empowers children to be the change they wish to see in the world. In the last five years, this movement, which began out of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad, has spread to the world, empowering children in more than 30 countries to be change-makers, through the simple design process of Feel-Imagine-Do-Share. Kiran has received numerous honors, including the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008 and the ‘Call to Conscience’ award from the King Centre at Stanford in 2009. She was a speaker at TEDIndia in 2009, and was chosen as one of the 12 Thought Leaders of the World by the Culture of Peace Forum in New York City in 2011. She is a member of the board of Teach for India. Most recently, Kiran was awarded the Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship (2013). The Chicago Council is honoring Kiran as a Koldyke Fellow for her efforts to generate innovative solutions to challenges in India’s schools, education system, and education policies, which have since been replicated globally.
Mallika Sarabhai is one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers, in constant demand as a soloist and with her own dance company, Darpana, creating and performing both classical and contemporary works. She has a PhD in organisational behaviour and has been the co-director of the prestigious arts institution, Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, for nearly 30 years.
Always an activist for societal education and women’s empowerment, Mallika also uses her work for change. In 1989 she created the first of her hard-hitting solo theatrical works, Shakti: The Power of Women. Since then Mallika has created numerous stage productions which have raised awareness, highlighted crucial issues and advocated change, several of which productions have toured internationally as well as throughout India.
In the mid 90s Mallika began to develop her own contemporary dance vocabulary and went on to create short and full-length works which have been presented in North America, Scotland, Singapore, China and Australia, as well as in India.
Navdeep Mathur is currently with the Public Systems Group at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. His current research is in the area of globalization, governance, democracy and citizenship. He has published widely in academic and policy journals and is currently the co-editor of Critical Policy Studies (a Routledge journal). He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, from Rutgers University.
Neelkanth Chhaya has been a practicing architect and academic since 1977. His practice has emphasized the adaptation of built form to physical and social contexts, especially landform and landscapes. He is also deeply interested in the cultural factors that affect architecture, especially in societies of rapid change. His projects have won major national awards, and he has also won several architectural competitions.
In recent years, he has been involved in participatory rehabilitation housing projects as well as mass housing projects in Urban areas. He is very interested in traditional and artisanal knowledge in the area of built environment.
He has taught at the University of Nairobi, at the Institute of Environmental Design, Vallabh Vidyanagar, and at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, where he taught for 25 years. His work has been exhibited at two special exhibitions
"4X4", and " Alternative Practices", both at Mumbai.
Riyaz Tayyibji is an architect who has been practicing in Ahmedabad since 2002. In this time his partnership practice, Anthill Design, has designed and implemented projects of residential, institutional and recreational programmes in varied geographical contexts across India. Riyaz has been the recipient of the Gold Medal from the Indian Institute of Engineers and Architects for his study on the Indian City of Ahmedabad. He (with his partners) has also won the national design competition for the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi Language University, at Wardha.
Riyaz has curated exhibitions on Contemporary Indian Architecture and Urbanism. In November 2008, he was one of the five Architects from India invited to collaborate with Arcam, the Amsterdam Institute of Architecture to develop the ‘Building India’ Exhibition for the Amsterdam India Festival. This work has since transformed itself into a travelling exhibition that has opened in 10 Indian cities, as a catalyst for discussions on Indian urbanity. Subsequently he (with Anthill Design) curated the exhibition ‘Discovering Ahmedabad: Annals of Reinvention’, for the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, which opened in Valladolid, Spain in October 2009 and the Spanish Embassy in Delhi in 2013.
Till very recently Riyaz Tayyibji wasa full time faculty at the Faculty of Architecture, Cept University, Ahmedabad. He has instructed courses in the Fundamentals of Structures (statics), The History and Theory of Architecture and Architectural Design. He has also been invited to instruct a design Studio (STUDIO ‘X’)at the Ecole Speciale de Architecture InParis.