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SRISTI – UNICEF Summer Innovation School 2017

SRISTI

Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions

SRISTI –  UNICEF Summer Innovation School 2017

संवेदना   C R E A T I V I T Y

से   F R O M

सृजनशीलता  E M P A T H Y

How about working together with other innovation champions  in designing empathetic innovative products, App  or service  to meet an Unmet Social Need this summer break?

SRISTI announces the

fifth Summer School on inclusive innovation

Dates

25 May to 13 June 2017

The SRISTI, part of the Honey Bee Network Invites budding technologists/innovators/social entrepreneurs to work on designing solutions  in the following broad domains:

  1. Electronic Sensor based products for women, children, elderly and other social segments
  2. Mechanical Engineering based devices for urban poor, workers/small farmers in farm/non-farm sector, processing, construction, handloom, crafts, any other related sector
  3. Designing Apps/smartphone based platforms for seeking and spreading innovative ideas, on farm trials, social diffusion of innovations, natural product lab, peer learning among children, educational support for disadvantaged children etc.

Eligibility

UG // PG // PhD students of Design, Engineering, Architecture, Social Science and other fields who are passionate to address social challenges.

Process & Pedagogy

  • Context
    • Social, ecological and cultural Responsibility
    • Co-creation
    • learning from grassroots innovators and other user communities
    • open reciprocal, responsible innovation Honey Bee network framework
  • Problem Identification
    • Field visit
    • Observe & u’stand
  • Problem Definition
    • Critical unmet needs
    • design of intervention
  • Iterative and interactive designs
    • Ideate
    • Proof-of-concept
    • Prototype
    • Test
    • redesign, test, fail, destroy first solution, redesign
    • test, test, test, user trial
  • Deploy
    • market/social diffusion
    • Learn & evolve
    • track user driven modifcations, derivative innovations, repurposing solutions,
    • manuals/video for assisting users to adpat, redesigna nd diffuse locally

SRISTI welcomes socially sensitive students to engage with communities, peers and a set of distinguished global and national mentors

Selection process

Apply http://summerschool.sristi.org/apply

While submitting your application, please  look around and list 10 unmet social needs – 5 rural + 5 urban needs. Illustrate one need (among the 10) which you would like to take ahead from idea to prototype.

SRISTI will also share a few unmet social needs with the selected participants. You are free to work on a problem of your choice also at the workshop, which can be different than the one you submit during application.  As long as it addresses a clearly defined unmet need of disadvantaged section of society it will be welcome. However, the group work will be pursued on already identified social challenges unless a team can convince the group that its chosen problem is far more important and urgent.

Application deadline: April 25, 2017

Target group size: 30 -40 candidates to be announced by April 30, 2017 2017

Outcome

Five to seven proof of concept, processes, Apps and service/system design   to move from mind to market-social or commercial.

It is understood that several ideas/products will need considerable more design and fabrication effort to make them useful for the target users/communities. SRISTI is committed to follow up each solution and keep original group informed and engaged if they so wish. All the solutions will be shared with the user community in open source. In some cases defensive patent may be filed to prevent any third party monopolizing the design. SRISTI will have full right to share the solutions developed during summer school to modify, change or improve for the larger social good

Fees

SRISTI, which means creation, is a developmental voluntary organization set up to strengthen the creativity of grassroots inventors, innovators and ecopreneurs engaged in conserving biodiversity, developing eco-friendly educational, cultural or institutional solutions to local problems.

We want to ensure that every student who is sincerer, insightful, and deeply interested can join us for the summer school. Expenses for field research, material for prototyping, laboratory and basic accommodation in a Gandhian institution, Gram Bharati, would be covered. The contribution towards food alone is Rs 5,000 per person (Rs 250 per day) for the 20 day event. No one will be denied participation due to lack of funds. Please write to us if you feel you deserve the merit cum means scholarship to waive your contribution.

Venue:

National Innovation Foundation  FabLab,

Grambharti, Amrapur, Gandhinagar-Mahudi Road,

Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382650

Ph +91.79.27912792 / 93

You are required to reach the venue at your own expense.

SRISTI would like to acknowledge successful contribution of each participant with a certificate. SRISTI would also like to make the innovation open source. In case of defensive patent filing, the innovator/s and community members  would be acknowledged.

Mail your queries to summerschool@sristi.org

SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) acknowledges the support from UNICEF, AES, NID, IIT Gn, IITB, IITD, MIT, Swinburne University, Cornell University, UC Berkeley, SPEA, etc., besides National Innovation Foundation, GIAN (Gujarat Grassroots Innovations Augmentation Network) and volunteers of the Honey Bee Network

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