MIT holds innovation meets technology festival at Welingkar

Thursday, 30 January 2014 - 2:45pm IST | Agency: DNA

Welingkar Insititute of Management, Development and Research (WeSchool), Matunga, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab India Initiative is holding a five-day, 10 workshop series that will go on till February 1. The event will have 10 sessions ranging from mobile communications, imaging, learning in education to agriculture, magical interfaces and grass root engineering. The workshops have been curated by researchers and the organisers are expecting close to 350 people from across India to participate.

The idea behind these workshops, Uday Salunkhe, the Group Director of WeSchool, explains is to encourage students to explore innovation ideas, have an open mind and look for creative alternatives to problems. “The idea is to give students a chance to learn and be in sync with the rest of the world. It is for them to believe in innovation and design and adopt these approaches in solving problems,” said Dr. Salunkhe.

Kshitij Marwah, 26, head of the MIT Media Lab India Initiative echoes Salunkhe and says that the idea behind organising these workshops is to brings people from different jobs and walks of life on to a single platform and get them to exchange ideas and experiences. “We want the participants at the workshop to introspect before they build something. We want them to know why they are building what they are building. We want them to use innovative ideas and creativity to increase the product value and effectiveness. We want them to start thinking out of the box. This is why we decided to collaborate with a business school as opposed to the first three times where we collaborated with a technology institute,” said Marwah.

On February 1, the last day of the event, the participants will exhibit close to 100 prototypes. The exhibition is open for everyone to attend.

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