Our goal is to be a learning space for all. To do this - we’ve organised a number of events

Upcoming events

Opensourced is a monthly discussion circle for everyone interested in all things design and tech. Come hang out with us every month to read, discuss and review interesting books, articles, documentaries and podcasts, to share some thoughts and engage in insightful conversations!

Upcoming OpenSourced Session:
Discussion on ‘Creativity Inc.’ by Amy Wallace and Ed Catmull
25th September 2021

Creativity, Inc. is a manual for anyone who strives for originality and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. 


January 2021 - Present

Opensourced is a monthly discussion circle for everyone interested in all things design and tech. Come hang out with us every month to read, discuss and review interesting books, articles, documentaries and podcasts, to share some thoughts and engage in insightful conversations

Past Discussions:

  • Design Justice – Sasha Costanza Chock
  • Computer for the 21st Century – Mark Weiser
  • Data Feminism – Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein
  • Which Humans? – Lecture by Ruha Benjamin

How to do coding Analysis using Atlas.ti

Anurata Prabha Hridi & Anik Saha

7th June, 2020

In the 5th online session of our research paper series, we will understand How to do Coding Analysis with Atlas.ti.


In the last 4 sessions, we covered skills which would help you to write and read an HCI research paper, conduct qualitative research and coding analysis, and write a literature review. Let’s move on to the fifth week.


Writing a research paper involves a lot of qualitative research, and extensive analysis of the material you have collected. Atlas.ti is a powerful computer program used mostly for the qualitative analysis of large bodies of textual, graphical, audio and video data. Its tools help you arrange, reassemble, and manage your material in creative, yet systematic ways. Atlas.ti is useful for qualitative analysis in practically any field!

Hence, in Sunday’s session, we will understand how to do coding analysis in Atlas.ti with the guidance of Anik Saha and Anurata Prabha Hridi.


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Anik Saha is a research assistant working in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, under Dr. Nova Ahmed, at North South University, Bangladesh. Currently, he is doing a research project on understanding the educational landscape of children with autism in Bangladesh under Dr. Shameem Ahmed and Dr. Moushumi Sharmin. Aside from this, he has 2 years of research experience in fields like HCI, m-Health, etc. and has authored and co-authored several international publications.


Anurata Hridi is a graduate teaching assistant at Clemson University, USA. She was also previously a lecturer at Southeast University, Bangladesh. Her passion lies in research on data science, backed by machine learning and HCI.

How to do a thorough Literature Review

Presented by, Dr. Javed Anjum Sheikh

31st May, 2020

In this 4th online session of our research paper series, we tackled how to do a Literature Review.


In the last 3 sessions, we covered three skills which would help you to write and read an HCI research paper, and how to conduct qualitative research and coding analysis.


While knowing how to write a research paper is important, it is equally important to put your research in context. Exploring existing literature helps you understand the problem space, learn from other works, and identify the need for additional research. Hence, in Sunday’s session, we will understand how to do a thorough literature review with the guidance of Dr. Javed Anjum Sheikh.


About the speaker:

Dr. Javed Anjum Sheikh is a UI researcher and Certified Knowledge Manager, with more than a decade of international teaching and research experience. He is currently the Director of QEC and Computing & IT at the University of Sialkot in Sialkot, Pakistan and was previously the Campus Director of the University of Lahore, Gujarat Campus. His primary interest lies in teaching HCI, specifically to industry practitioners, and he is passionate about joining the dots of technology and culture to create change. Some of his work includes developing Pakistan’s first digital library and a process model for cultural-specific interface design.

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HCI & Design Mentorship Clinics

Facilitated by, Devanuj Balkrishnan, Sayan Sircar, Anupriya Tuli

24th May, 2020

In these sessions, Srishti Institute ACM SIGCHI Student Chapter attempts to facilitate HCI & Design Mentorship Clinics, where early career researchers could get mentorship to take their projects/research forward. This initiative aims to provide mentorship to students in a more structured way.

This session served as an open and collaborative space for 4 students, who shared various ideas, concepts, research and work-in-progress projects in front of peers and a hand-picked set of mentors. This session could be classified as an ‘outside the classroom discussion’. Our mentors range from researchers, academicians and practitioners who aided students in taking their ideas forward – in order to get them published in the relevant conferences or help to convert these ideas into portfolio-worthy projects.

How to do Qualitative Research & Coding Analysis.

Presented by, Rahat Jahangir Rony

17th May, 2020

In the last 2 sessions, we covered how to write and read an HCI research paper. This session focused on how to do Qualitative Research and Coding Analysis, presented by  Mr. Rahat Jahangir Rony.


In this particular webinar, we addressed the steps that follow once a topic of research has been chosen by the writer. We looked into the need for a methodology—a procedure for conducting research—in order to move forward with the process of writing an HCI Research paper. The session took the viewers through understanding the need for and the procedure involved in qualitative research, along with an understanding of coding analysis.


About the speaker:

Rahat works as a Research Assistant (since 2016 – Present) of Dr. Nova Ahmed, Associate Professor, ECE Dept., North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Recently he joined as a Research Assistant at BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 2020. He has nearly 3 years of research experience in HCI, Systems & Sensors. He has worked in a Google research project, supervised by Dr. Nithya Sambasivan.

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How to Read a Research Paper

Presented by, Devanuj K Balkrishnan

10th May, 2020

In this second online sessions series, we dealt with the steps involved in reading a research paper, which becomes an imperative part of writing a paper. This webinar thus aimed to facilitate early career researchers in the process of writing an original HCI research paper.


The questions addressed in this webinar were as follows:

Why do we need to read a research paper? What is the goal of reading a research paper? How do we understand the contributions made by the authors and situate it in our research? How do we critique an existing research paper?


To tackle these questions and other challenges, we had with us Mr. Devanuj K Balkrishan, a renowned design educator and researcher, who guided us through a reading of the paper ‘Rethinking Technologies for Behavior Change: A View from the Inside of Human Change’ paper {}.


About the speaker:

Devanuj K. Balkrishan, a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) from IIT Bombay, has also worked in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI). His research work frames many essential issues of designing for the future users or emergent users. His primary concern is to design appropriate and meaningful digital artefacts for the Emergent Users, that is, the persons who have been barred against the structural factors arising due to low-income, low-literacy, gender, non-urbanity etc. 


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How to Write a Good HCI Research Paper

Presented By, Sayan Sircar

3rd May, 2020

Writing a research paper, especially in the field of HCI, is often seen as an overwhelming task that could pose multiple challenges while starting out. 


The online session organised on 3rd May focused on Early Career Researchers to support them in getting the right guidance and mentorship in the field of #HCI and #Design. 


For this webinar, we put together a list of questions faced by first-timers attempting to write a research paper, and created a platform for these queries to be addressed with relevant tips and advice by an experienced academician, Sayan Sarcar.


About the speaker:

Sayan Sarcar is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. His research interests are in human-computer interaction, ageing and accessibility and user interface optimization. 


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Research & Application for Immediate COVID-19 Prevention

Presented By, Nitish Chopra

10th April, 2020

  • Aavishkar (CEO Tarun Bhalla) – Educational Robotic Products, they were approached by a BJP MLA to help with the pandemic
  • Whatsapp video that captures efforts globally – outdoor disinfections in countries and India’s lack of ways to tackle the problem
  • Proposed a team and build something similar – not something sophisticated but practical and can be developed quickly
  • Problem of disinfecting in India – we don’t have as wide roads, sanitisation vehicles are not capable, and the localities are clustered
  • Instead of large solution – can we use existing automobile infrastructure to deploy sanitation – idea to build a scalable system 
  • Motor pump water to spray onto surface- diluted bleach to decontaminate, bare minimum level materials required
  • Power source, pull in pipes, sprinkler nozzles(high density vapourizer), materials that can be easily found anywhere in the country
  • Build a solution that can be assembled by other people – open sourced 
  • First prototype – Done on top of an existing truck vehicle – sprinkling diluted bleach stored in water tanks – mounted six for coverage 
  • Solution is built in a scalable form, order to assemble 300 solutions on e-rickshaws 
  • We calculated a two motor on e-rickshaw- 10-12,000 
  • Boom lancers and Zip ties – easily tie onto the road, not the most long term but for easy building
  • Try to minimise work force and respecting lockdown and social distancing – 8 hours a day can assemble 50 
  • None of us had any prior knowledge – create noise around it to help come up with a solution quicker 
  • Conversation with bio engineer – about chemicals and usage – dont want to cause more problem than you’re trying to solve 
  • Looking for indoor sanitisation solutions – three possible things
    • Cleaning of occupants in and out of the building – vacate out and sanitize, find a solution that is safe for human exposure 
  • No solutions are safe for humans – harmful, frequent inhalation is can cause problems, this is why doctors and nurses can’t use this
  • Ethanol i.e. sanitisers is the only safe solution for human exposure – expensive and not easy to apply 
  • Application is difficult – in order to sanitise you will have to rub into the skin, it’s not quick and large scale
  • Disinfection using UV Light – hospitals for sanitising equipment (UV C spectrum exposure to surface for one to two minutes 
  • Robots that disinfect the room, navigate around objects and disinfect – managed to find resources 
  • Top – mount mechanism to disinfect, bottom is used to navigate 
  • Our expertise can be used to make autonomous systems and source UV mechanism to come up with a prototype 
  • Prototype – Base with motors, backbone to mount the UV – next week to build a structure and should be able to navigate around closed areas and disinfect surface 
  • Apart from dealing with harmful chemicals – communicating with lot of people to get lot of products, etc. We are ensuring we are taking precautions to stay safe ourselves
  • Side effort – trying to 3D print face shield – open source design from prusa printers (they do 3D printing) – we are donating shields for all workers, health officials, etc. 
  • They are looking for anyone who can contribute from the healthcare, chemical, and biochem fields.
  • The heavy duty motors (1000), boom lancers (1000), 500 ltr water tanker (2000-3000), wiring and electrical connection

Designing for Smart Home Living

By Ruchin Shah, Frog Design

13th February, 2020

A talk about bringing human centred design and complex systems thinking together to make living at home better.


Ruchin is a Senior Interaction Designer at Frog Design, Bangalore. By working in multidisciplinary teams, he has designed experiences across touchpoints and channels for an array of clients such as IBM, Google, HSBC and Tata. Ruchin’s work has featured  in international conferences like UX-India, IndiaHCI, Icograda, Typography Day, IIT-B Tech-Fest and national media such as the Times of India, DNA and Kyoorius Design Magazine.


His talk focussed on the different perspectives involved in designing for smart home living. With interesting use cases such as ‘ A tech-savvy family member’ as an expert user onboarding the other novice users, there are design decisions at play at such levels. He explained key challenges such as the need for a ‘seamless experience’ overstepping exploration because of protocols. Most users don’t completely understand smart home technology, but find it ‘super cool’. He also pointed to the lack of usage of these devices often towards poorly understood conditions, cultures and contexts. 


Interestingly, while automation appears promising for all aspects in a new-age home, the developments in the field are novel. He pointed that we are at step one for automation – through control over timers and lighting. What if there were checks to a tap left open? While possibilities appear endless, usability calls for standardising how to interact with devices universally.


The usage of these technologies have begun from homes, expanding to offices, buildings and potentially cities. However, it is a faraway story because technology and statistics don’t talk to each other. A mobile app not made for smart home living, yet connecting systems together would not be known to a user naturally. The distinction between Surveillance and Privacy becomes increasingly important to observe. 


There is a clear distinction for the kind of users for this technology at the moment- namely tech-savvy people. Smart technologies rarely factor in for people who may not be educated. 

Creating Magic - Data Visualisation for Humans in Real Life

By Amit Das, Design Head at

10th January, 2020

Amit Das, the VP of design at, ex VP of Design at UrbanClap and Housing hosted the second talk of the Design Sammelan Series. Amit Das is a coder, a leader and a data enthusiast. 


In this talk, Amit presented foundational grounds that inspired his team to define the future of enterprise business analytics. He explained that any analytical system must function as quickly as the human perception by giving the example of the perception of the image of a tiger where the immediate response of a human brain is to ‘run’.


He gave us an in-depth look inside the design process at where they are shaping data visualization taking advantage of consumer digital product experiences and first principles. He shares how simplification is the key to data consumption and how the simple solutions are the ones that have the highest impact. Amit Das also presses on empathising with the business users by really understanding their needs. He explained how making the profile picture of an UrbanClap technician larger on the UI helped customers feel secure about the service they received. 


Amit Das concluded the talk with the realisations that it is imperative to collect data to design for data. The success of any data visualisations lie in understanding how people are using the data. 

Sustainable HCI in Urban Planning

MLH Local Hack Day Facilitated by Vineeta Rath, Gaurav Singh, Ravi Mani, Ranjani Balasubramanian

19th October, 2019


How Might We enable sustainability at the intersection of technological solutions and urban planning



In a one-day hack-a-thon format, we organized two talks and two workshops for our participants.


The Talks


We invited Ranjani Balasubramanian, an architect, urban designer and planner at Srishti to introduce us to the intersection of Technology and Urban Planning. With her interest in sustainable architecture, she spoke about the limitations in the use of technology in planning sustainable cities. In her experience, technological solutions alone cannot cater for sustainable and long-term solutions.


We also invited Ravi Mani an Architecture, Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies as the expert to speak about state of the art strategies being applied in the domain of energy in the urban setting. 


The Makeathon


Our participants were divided into their respective teams. There were two workshops as 

part of their design sprints.


The Workshops


  • Brainstorming Methods in Design Thinking


By Vineeta Rath


We invited Vineeta Rath, a Masters in Industrial Design from Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay. Her contributions with strategic design thinking and problem solving has helped teams align with the ‘bigger picture’ and improve experiences across various customer touch-points.


Participants were introduced to methods of aligning their chosen problems in different contexts. There were exercises for mapping stakeholders to their line of enquiry to help them scope their problems. Participants also engaged in an exercise to help scale ideas from an individual level to a community level .This session helped them curate their ideas and find relevant research ahead.



  • 15 Steps to Rapid Prototyping for HCI any designer


By Gaurav Singh


We invited Gaurav Singh, an interaction design faculty at Srishti, an HCI researcher and the founder of Mathscapes. His research spans across Human-Computer Interaction and Theoretical Computer Science. He is most keen about Prime numbers, Lossless data compression, Intelligence, Automata, Dynamic programming and helping students with tech+design.

Healthcare in Design and the Process at Phillips

By Abhimanyu Kulkarni

August 29, 2019

Abhimanyu Kulkarni, Head of Design at Philips, Bangalore kickstarted the Design Sammelan series with his talk on Healthcare in Design. His talk essentially focussed on how the healthcare industry is advancing and the key role that design plays in it. The healthcare industry and design go hand in hand. 


He also went on to speak about how Philips as a company works and manages healthcare requirements through design frameworks. This helped students understand the industry of healthcare and the role designers adorn. He carefully explained the different teams and projects that the company has and how they tackle different design problems. 


He mentioned how Philips has a program called ‘The Innovation Project’ where design employees come up with their own projects and pitch it to the rest of the design team. Based on interest levels, different groups are formed and these groups work on these projects for a couple of months to showcase the various outputs. This encourages creativity and collaboration in the team and allows the employees to work on other projects that interest them. 


Abhimanyu was extremely warm and welcoming to questions from the students. Some of the questions involved how they tackle healthcare in rural areas wherein came the reply that Philips is actively working to increase healthcare access in rural areas as well and for this, continuous research and analysis is ongoing.