An alumnus of the National Institute of Design, India

I majored in Product Design. I then went on to do the Biodesign Fellowship, a MedTech entrepreneurship fellowship at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.


Operating at the intersection of people, technology and business, I have worked on projects ranging from simple agricultural tools to solving complex systemic problems like monitoring pregnancies for safer childbirth. 

I see my role as that of a problem solver, one that steps in to simplify available information, decode user-behaviour and build solutions in collaboration with diverse disciplines. I am the ‘mutant’ in most teams who sometimes adapts to learn new things and other times rises to the occasion to connect the missing links.

Heyya!

I am a graduate student at OCAD University, Toronto in the Digital Futures M.Des program, I am exploring emerging technologies and researching its impact on our culture. An alumnus of the National Institute of Design, India I majored in Product Design. I then went on to do the Biodesign Fellowship, a MedTech entrepreneurship program at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Working at the intersection of people, technology and business, my work ranges from designing technology products to working on complex systemic problems.

Heyya!

My earliest childhood memories are of me scribbling mountains with my grandmother. Now every time I doodle I am drawn back to those wonder-filled afternoons making me feel more like a five-year old now than I ever filling me with a child-like wonder. From working in a young healthcare startup to teaming up with OpenIDEO for global design challenges it is this child-like wonder that has 'un-shaped' me into a Design Mutant, curious to take up new challenges and wear different hats to fills the gaps.

I see my role as that of a problem solver, one who steps in to simplify available information, decode user-behaviour and brings method to madness. 

I enjoy being the occasional fly-on-the-wall observing people in their element. 

When I am not working you can find me reading, doodling, binge-watching, obsessively cleaning or making paper-planes.

/ MY ANIMAL

Monkeys: I enjoy hanging out in groups & get most of my ideas from fun conversations. Oh also, I love bananas with peanut butter.

/ PERSONAL MISSION

How might we make technology more human and delightful, to solve for people’s unmet needs?

/ INSPIRATIONS

Naoto Fukasawa | Jane Fulton Suri | Dieter Rams | R.K. Laxman & the people around me!

/ BOOK SHARE

Naoto Fukasawa, the book.

It was my first introduction to the hidden philosophy & poetry of Design.

/ EDUCATION

OCAD University

Toronto, Canada

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M.Des Digital Futures

Awarded OCAD U Dean's Scholarship
September 2019 - May 2021

National Institute of Design

Ahmedabad, India

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B.Des Product Design
June 2011 - January 2016

​Glasgow School of Arts

Scotland, UK

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Student Exchange Program
January 2014 - March 2014

/ PUBLICATIONS

Patent: Ocular Screening
Co-inventor

Pub. no. WO/2018/100589, PCT/IN2017/050561

Designing for Comprehensive Healthcare: A ground zero study and system

synthesis from India

Co-author

RSD7, The 7th Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium, 2018

Access to Electricity-A Case Study for a Decentralized People-Centric Energy

model for India

Co-author

RSD7, The 7th Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium, 2018

InterCARE: A Cloud Computing Patient Care System
Co-author

In proceedings; IndiaHCI Conference 2014 (ACM Digital Library)

/ SPECIAL MENTIONS

Empowering  Caregivers in Immunization Innovation Challenge
Community Fellow, Challenge Team

OpenIDEO + Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Healthy Bones Healthy Aging Challenge

Community Fellow, Challenge Team

OpenIDEO + UCB, AARP Innovation, VA Innovation Center, National Osteoporosis Foundation, & TMC Innovation

iSHOW India, ASME Grand prize 2017

ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

Winning Start-up

Representing Brun Health Pvt. Ltd.

Singularity University Global Impact Challenge (GIC) India 2018
Winning Start-up

Representing Brun Health Pvt. Ltd.

4 Collaborative Design Tips from OpenIDEO’s Community Fellows
Reflections as a Community Fellow

OpenIDEO

How to Build a Vibrant Global Community, Virtually
Tips & Tricks on working virtually

OpenIDEO

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