186 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
how by adding sensors to everyday objects, a lot of data could be
collected about urban systems management. This data can be
used to improve efficiency. Humans are also part of the Internet
of Things. The Internet of Things is a scenario in which things or
individuals are embedded with identifiers (electronics, sensors,
etc). This gives them the ability to transfer data over a network
without requiring human to human or human to computer
Each Studio had an Industry Mentor to guide the group. For instance,
Rishi Aggarwal was a mentor for the Transportation Studio. He is a well
known environmental activist and has worked on improving Mumbai's
public transport systems as a research fellow at the Observer Research
Foundation. Field experts and research students like Rishi were
facilitating each studio. After a brief introduction and overview of the
challenges of the studio by the mentors, the students reflected on what
problem they would like to solve. Each studio had a variety of different
problems that the students could work on.
The participants, many of whom came to the summit with no background
knowledge of technology, urban development, or design thinking, were
going to use the above three concepts to create a real world solution to
a real world problem.
Here were a few things that were overheard at the summit during the
first three hours of prototyping:
Go beyond assumptions about what you are going to build, use
diversity and a range of ideas.
Why don't we use SMS for traffic control?
Why don't we design a membership based urban space?
Personalized, Convenience, Connectivity and Tragedy of
Commons are some of the challenges for public transport
systems in Mumbai.
Have you seen Uber's model? It's brilliant, let's scale it for buses.