TECHNOLOGY, ROBOTICS AND
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SUMMIT
Re. D Studio
(Reporting by Nathanael Peters)
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” – Steve Jobs
The real challenges we face around the world make developing an innovators mindset necessary for
today’s learners. Researching and developing ways that allow students to learn how to become the
innovators we’ll need is also an imperative. In Mumbai real challenges in the area of urban planning and
development persist. How might these difficult challenges be solved? And how will students learn how
to become innovators? Those were the central questions that the ASB in partnership with the Children's
Technology Workshop, and NuVu Studio considered in designing the two day Technology, Robotics, and
Artificial Intelligence Summit (TRAI). Close to a hundred high school students from Mumbai participated.
This Summit engaged students in an interdisciplinary design thinking process in order to design solutions
for big challenges in the urban development field using technology, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
The challenges they hoped to address were:
Transportation: Ideas around potential transportation enhancements to the city of Mumbai that can
eliminate traffic congestion and provide convenient, affordable, and pleasurable alternatives for its
Alternative Energy: Alternative energy (wind, solar, hydro, biomass) provides an alternative to the
harmful effects of fossil fuels, and has seen a tremendous growth in the last decade across the world.
The challenge is to develop solutions that use alternative energy to provide clean, renewable and
affordable energy to cities and the people living, working and playing in these areas.
Architecture: Focus on the process of designing and shaping cities, towns and villages, as well as the
buildings, streets, public spaces, and neighborhoods within them. New innovations are making urban
areas more functional, attractive, and sustainable for both residents and visitors.
Infrastructure: Designs for urban infrastructure systems involving water, sanitation, electricity, and/or
food that will help support the growing needs of cities such as Mumbai. These could include smarter
agriculture systems integrated onto rooftops and facades of buildings to efficiently deliver high-quality
produce and help solve food security problems.