Innovation Through User-Centered Design - Workshop

Quicksand and fellow REACH Network partner studios Apogee and STBY led a hands-on exploratory workshop on the theory and practice of design research and thinking under the UnBox umbrella. This marked another step in the evolution of UnBox from a stand-alone festival to a platform for collaboration.

This day-long workshop elucidated for participants how design research can provide new ways of evaluating their personal as well as organizational work, and inculcated an understanding of what individuals can do to change how they and their organizations work. Targeted at a diverse group of professionals and students, the objective was to familiarise participants with some of the approaches and tools that can assist in applying design methods in their work and studies. The workshop encouraged participants to find a personal resonance with design research through re-examining their unique challenges both personally and in a group setting in a curated masterclass, where they encountered design thinking methods, case studies, and processes.

The workshop was hosted by UnBox and held at Numa Bengaluru Events Space.

Strategy World Tour, Hong Kong

The Strategy World Tour led by IIT Institute of Design is a behind-the-scenes look at the work of leaders in highly innovative organizations, both large and small, in five of the world's centers of change. This is a lead up to the Design Strategy Conference in May 2016 that seeks to identify insights from emerging trends and behaviours observed by selected participant groups across San Francisco, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Detroit.

Ayush and Babitha represented UnBox in the Hong Kong leg of the tour, which sought to learn from technology start-ups and large firms in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The tour visited hacker spaces, large technology firms, innovative design incubation spaces and technical teaching setups, with an emphasis on the changing nature of business and manufacturing accelerated by technology in the new economy.

UnBox will also collaborate with the Strategy World Tour for the upcoming visit to Mumbai in February 2016. Details here.

UnBox at Mozfest

UnBox created the Banyan Tree installation at Mozfest 2015, as part of the Global Village space as a space to share thoughts, build projects and collectively explore the future of a connected village. Neha, Babitha and Dennis from UnBox put together the Banyan Tree, a spatial installation where they also anchored a workshop that asked participants to share stories and craft new possibilities together. The tree became a beautiful meeting point over the two days, where participants met for conversations over coffee and snacks (like they would around the village trees of yore) and soon became a sought after spot for other facilitators to anchor workshops as well.

Mozfest is an annual celebration of the open web. Diverse participants, ranging from engineers, activists, artists and educators come together to explore how the web can unlock new opportunities and connect communities, through new ideas and creations.

Blurring the Lines : 02 Oct-19 Dec 2014

The British Council and Watershed's Blurring the Lines exhibition was about culture in flux, told through sixteen stories of people who dare to see the world differently. Babitha George, one of the UnBox co-founders was featured in this exhibition as one of the sixteen who are navigating changes and opening up ideas, communities and platforms to reimagine our collective futures.

Central Saint Martins, London

UnBox was invited to talk about the experience of creating collaborative platforms through the festival and lab at Central Saint Martins as part of the Public and Collaborative Lecture Series organized by Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS). UnBox co-founder Babitha George presented glimpses from previous editions of the festival and talked about the motivation behind starting an inter-disciplinary, cross-cultural collaborative platform like UnBox in India, as well as some of the challenges and anxieties that are imperative in attempting to put something like this together.

UnBox LABS at Alchemy 2014

As a follow up to the UnBox LABS 2014 held at the National Institute of Design 2014, a panel discussion on the cities of the future was held at the Alchemy festival at the Southbank Centre in London. At the discussion, Babitha George co-founder of UnBox talked about the projects incubated at the lab and the need for more cross-cultural, inter-disciplinary collaborations to even attempt to address the complex challenges that urbanisation is throwing up around the world. In addition to the panel, an exhibition at the Southbank Centre showcased the process and projects that had emerged from the lab, while also providing an open invitiation to the audience at Southbank Centre to share thoughts on what they'd like their city of the future to look like.

Alchemy is the Southbank Centre's annual festival showcasing the best of music, dance, literature, comedy, fashion, art and design from the UK and South Asia.

UnBox Fellowships at Alchemy

The five fellowship projects that evolved from the 2013 UnBox Fellowships were showcased at the Alchemy festival at the Southbank Centre London. 15 creative practitioners and researchers from the UK and India worked with five organizations in India over a month to look at collaborative solutions that included an online game connecting urban consumers to rural agricultural practices, a multimedia collection of narratives around a heritage site, a multi-layered creative mapping project using a local Goan market in Goa as its focal point and others.

Neha Singh, one of the co-founders of UnBox, put together the exhibition at Alchemy. The showcase at Alchemy also included small workshops and activities with the fellowship groups.