Jul 3, 2015

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Summer School 2015 Review by NIT Hamirpur

Our team has been following the Summer School on Inclusive Innovation  2015 .It can be said that we are also the part of that program but the difference is that , that we are working from a distance . Our team of ten students have been working on two innovative projects –

1. Smart Crop Protection System

2. An education portal android app for students

We are following the summer school on Youtube . We have seen all the videos in this series and we are posting our analysis and review in this post .

Session 4: Orientation for Field Work by Prof Rashmi Korjan The main objective of this session was to how to research , gather requirements , observing in a deeper way about a particular problem or about a particular topic . Prof Rashmi Korjan take a small examples by asking the student to research about their footwear . She asks the student to make pair and give them a roleplay . One of the pair act as a researcher and other acts a subject. The researcher will ask the subject about its footwear . He interviews the subject asking all possible question about its footwear. After the research was done , they all discussed the characteristics , problems on the footwear . For some people comfort is the primary thing they seek for in a footwear . For some it’s brand . It varies from person to person .

So the main aim of researching is finding the what a person values.

After this exercise she gave a presentation on Gillette . Gillette faced a problem when they started selling their shaving Razor in India . They were not able to find that value what was needed in their products. The difference was the Indian and American culture . The value in this case was safety and cost . The product that was launched was Gillette Guard . which was a huge success . Another important point that I liked was that the customer , the subject sometimes don’t see what they want . It is the researcher who need to see the observation . It only comes when you go out in the field . That is why many startup , many product fail due to the lack of research made into it . How to observe?

  •  Keep a book/ diary . It is cheap and easy.
  •  Making Video .You can review it later but it costly and hard.
  •  Capturing Images
  • *Mixing Techniques to get rich data.

What to observe ?

  • Finding the value
  • Problems faced by the people. There is a need to dive in to the subject’s problem .

Informed Concern –  It is highly necessary to respect the subject privacy . What ever you are observing should be with their consent.


Session 1: Summer Innovation School Orientation by Prof Anil K Gupta Prof Anil K Gupta talks about following topics –

  • Optimal Scarcity- Resource availability should be optimal .  This is because if the resource is optimal there will be optimal demand and supply .
  • Shared Resource Utilization – The resource should be made availability to anyone and everyone irrespective of any discrimination . There should be no private used of the resource .
  • Product Process System and Services –  Product must undergo a fixed process to create a system which provide good services
  • Types of Goods-  Public , Shared , Private
  • Externalities – Effect of my project to the environment.
  • Coase Theroem- The Coase theorem states that where there is a conflict of property rights, the involved parties can bargain or negotiate terms that are more beneficial to both parties than the outcome of any assigned property rights
  • Life Cycle analysis of a Product- Waste is nothing but a product whose use is not been discovered


Session 2: Social Responsibility for Product design by Prof Kate Bissett Johnson, Swinburne Prof Kate Bissett – Johnson from Swinburne University of Technology explains about the Social responsibility while designing a product. She gives the basic idea about socially responsible design that it’s good for both environment and the society and focuses more on solving users problems. Designers contribute to designing more ecological products as 80% of environment al impact determined at Design Stage. Then she describes today’s problem about the designers that they are fluent in ‘design for business’,but often have an inadequate grasp of ‘design for environment’, and rarely are engaged in ‘design for society. Design can serve the needs to business and treat society and the environment as clients too. After this Prof. Kate talks about the basic model of socially responsible design. The main idea behind this model is to study the local people and find the problems faced by them. We need to understand the needs, problems and dreams of the local people and this cannot be done by just surveying and interviewing the people, we have to observe what people do not just say, looking at market research (visual research) ,developing empathy with a user ,understanding and incorporating scenarios into our design process so we imagine ourselves as the end user. She also talks about how can we design the user centered design. She says that first step is to know what the people actually desire, then find out the feasibity and the viability of the project. Then says about trying and using the local skills and knowledge for solving the problems that the people face. Then she talks about social responsibility in western context and the it constitutes the follwing points: 1.Education 2.Healthcare 3.Food and Nutrition Malnutrition 4.Water 5.Energy 6.Housing and Urbanisation 7.Natural Renewable Raw Materials 8.Technology and Connectivity After this discussion she gives an example of water shortage in Australia and how government took steps to decrease the per person water consumption. At the end she conclude the lecture by the statement:”Socially Responsible Design meanslooking big picture and small picture.

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