Waste Management: Sustainable techniques of waste management including recycling, to allow cities
to better manage the growing amount of waste produced every day.
Five keynote speakers introduced and shared the current challenges across the five focus areas.
Students learned how design thinking can be used to address difficult challenges. They also heard about
methods and examples of prototyping and modelling real projects. The speakers provided students with
important background information they would need to address the challenges.
After self-selecting areas of focus, students met with
the experts and coaches who they would be working
with for the remainder of the summit. The coaches
facilitated conversations aimed at defining and
deepening the understanding of the urban planning
challenges in Mumbai as well as the design thinking
process. The students formed smaller work groups
and used the design process to create prototypes to
solve the challenges.
Some of the ideas that emerged included:
An energy-creating vehicle, prototyped using
batteries and solar panels.
A robot that cleaned garbage from sewer
pipes. It could sense, identify, and remove
unwanted waste or blockages from the
Maps of sections of Mumbai, created by
students seeking to create new infrastructure
solutions showed how teams would add
roads and additional sections to the city to deal with traffic and city planning issues.
We hope to work with the students to build an
ecosystem of partners within ASB & Mumbai and
prototype some of the solutions they designed.
We will share our explorations in the next volume
of Future Forwards.
Students Self-Selecting an Urban Challenge Focus
Groups in early stages, discussing their design challenge
This team works to finalize their design