Monday, 30th October 2017

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Healthcare innovation


  • Published 2.04.15
WeSchool students who participated in the healthcare challenge 

ReDx-Redesigning Diagnostics presented by the Camera Culture Group, MIT Media Lab, the US, with IIT-Bombay, Hinduja National Hospital and WeSchool was a wonderful opportunity for us. A team of 16 WeSchool students from diverse programmes such as general management, business design, ebiz and healthcare participated along with 100-odd students from across the country, to work under the mentorship of innovators Ramesh Raskar, Anshuman Das and John Werner of the Camera Culture Research Group, along with experts from IIT-B, Hinduja hospital and WeSchool. The prototypes designed by us that were showcased in a grand open house at WeSchool’s Mumbai campus, were a clear indication that affordable healthcare diagnostics are no longer a distant dream but a soon to be reality for Indian masses.

“Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is linked to chronic cardiovascular diseases but 81 per cent of the people we surveyed didn’t know about it. Existing diagnostics involve putting many wires and sensors on the patient’s body that are uncomfortable and interfere with sleep. Making a user-centric, portable, ergonomic and wireless device offered a unique challenge that my team wanted to solve” says Varun Vartak, our colleague from PGDM healthcare. So while Varun’s team got busy finding solutions to sleep apnoea in the form of ARAM, a simple wearable mask, another team consisting of Samridh Hada got down to designing DAAnt, a simple toothbrush-like automated device for monitoring dental health, Payal Sharma and Rajashree Maji got engrossed in ‘Cardio 24’, Arka Mukhopadhay and his new buddies got busy designing SUPER STEREO, a low-cost, easy-to-use wearable modular platform for eye diagnosis and the team consisting Prathamesh Barde and Harshal  Sawant got cracking on developing a low cost X-ray machine. 

As we got busy working really long hours at IIT-B, moving from ideation to prototyping under the watchful eyes of our mentors, the solutions began to emerge, and there were quite a number of them! 
Out of these convenient, affordable, do-it-yourself devices, the most promising projects will be selected for continuing development with the goal of commercialisation. We believe that this will play an important step in responding to the new challenges in the world economy and a humble step to designing new futures.

Payal Sharma, PGDM healthcare and  Akanksha Chawla ,PGDM business design, WeSchool

New Delhi
Say no to violence

Pearl Academy students with T-shirts decrying gender violence 

Gender-based violence is a problem that exists worldwide irrespective of the nationality and status of individuals. The statistics show a darker picture of our societies where women and girls suffer the most. Especially in South Asia, GBV is very common and persists in many forms, including physical and sexual abuse, acid attacks, dowry-related murders, honour killings, trafficking and enslavement and custodial violence. To address this issue, WEvolve has taken an innovative approach by using the power of creative industries, including fashion, digital and social media, performing arts, film and music to create awareness and drive social change.  

Pearl Academy has joined hands with WEvolve to spread awareness on gender-based violence through multiple activities. To mark the beginning of this partnership, a T-shirt design competition was organised across the four campuses in New Delhi, Noida, Jaipur and Mumbai.
From the very beginning I’m interested in social welfare. I’ve always thought of finding a way to eradicate at least some of those problems from our society. Women are the biggest victims of these issues because they are always thought to be weak and unimportant.

WEvolve has given me the opportunity to design something and make people aware about one of the biggest problems in India — gender violence. This issue has gobbled up the hopes and lives of many innocents. Design can be used to solve this problem. So I grabbed this opportunity and gave my 100 per cent to it.
I started with exploration, which is the first and most important thing that we have learnt as a design student. I’ve carried on with some explorations and later with many artworks on violence, especially on women. Finally I came up with my final artwork which was mainly influenced by the dowry episode of the TV show Satyamev Jayate.
I’m very grateful and happy that my work can now play at least a small role in changing the mindset of at least a few insensitive people in society. I also wish to congratulate my fellow winner Rinkle Paresh Chheda, first runner-up Riya Ranchhod Patel and second runner-up Rajni Maallah.

Rituparna Bhattacharjee, fashion design student, Pearl Academy

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