How about working together with other innovation champions in designing empathetic innovative products, App or service to meet an Unmet Social Need this summer break?

SRISTI announces the
Summer School on inclusive innovation


24 May to 12 June 2017

SRISTI, part of the Honey Bee Network Invites budding technologists/innovators/social entrepreneurs to work on designing solutions in the following broad domains:

1. Electronic Sensor based products for women, children, elderly and other social segments
2. Mechanical Engineering based devices for urban poor, workers/small farmers in farm/non-farm sector, processing, construction, handloom, crafts, any other related sector
3. Designing Apps/smartphone based platforms for seeking and spreading innovative ideas, on farm trials, social diffusion of innovations, natural product lab, peer learning among children, educational support for disadvantaged children etc.

UG // PG // PhD students of Design, Engineering, Architecture, Social Science and other fields who are passionate to address social challenges.

Selection process


While submitting your application, please look around and list 10 unmet social needs – 5 rural + 5 urban needs. Illustrate one need (among the 10) which you would like to take ahead from idea to prototype.

SRISTI will also share a few unmet social needs with the selected participants. You are free to work on a problem of your choice also at the workshop, which can be different than the one you submit during application. As long as it addresses a clearly defined unmet need of disadvantaged section of society it will be welcome. However, the group work will be pursued on already identified social challenges unless a team can convince the group that its chosen problem is far more important and urgent.

Application deadline: April 2017

Target group size: 30-40 candidates to be announced by 30 April 2017


Five to seven proof of concept, processes, Apps and service/system design to move from mind to market-social or commercial.

It is understood that several ideas/products will need considerable more design and fabrication effort to make them useful for the target users/communities. SRISTI is committed to follow up each solution and keep original group informed and engaged if they so wish. All the solutions will be shared with the user community in open source. In some cases defensive patent may be filed to prevent any third party monopolizing the design. SRISTI will have full right to share the solutions developed during summer school to modify, change or improve for the larger social good


SRISTI, which means creation, is a developmental voluntary organization set up to strengthen the creativity of grassroots inventors, innovators and ecopreneurs engaged in conserving biodiversity, developing eco-friendly educational, cultural or institutional solutions to local problems.

We want to ensure that every student who is sincerer, insightful, and deeply interested can join us for the summer school. Expenses for field research, material for prototyping, laboratory and basic accommodation in a Gandhian institution, Gram Bharati, would be covered. The contribution towards food alone is Rs 5,000 per person (Rs 250 per day) for the 20 day event. No one will be denied participation due to lack of funds. Please write to us if you feel you deserve the merit cum means scholarship to waive your contribution.


National Innovation Foundation FabLab,
Grambharti, Amrapur, Gandhinagar-Mahudi Road,
Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382650
Ph +91.79.27912792 / 93

You are required to reach the venue at your own expense.

SRISTI would like to acknowledge successful contribution of each participant with a certificate. SRISTI would also like to make the innovation open source. In case of defensive patent filing, the innovator/s and community members would be acknowledged.

Mail your queries to

SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) acknowledges the support from UNICEF, AES, NID, IIT Gn, IITB, IITD, MIT, Swinburne University, Cornell University, UC Berkeley, SPEA, etc., besides National Innovation Foundation, GIAN (Gujarat Grassroots Innovations Augmentation Network) and volunteers of the Honey Bee Network.

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