I will be attending these. Let’s catch up in person here:

:: Cumulus Conference, Design for the other 90%, Johannesburg, South Africa September 22nd to 24th 2014.

:: UX India Conference, Bangalore , October 9th-11th 2014.

:: Anime Convention, New Delhi, October 17th to 19th 2014.

Recent Workshops and Talks

Introduction to User Experience Design, series of lectures at Srishti school of Art Design & Technology, Bangalore, March-April 2014.

'What Product Managers need to know about Design', talk at UX/UI event, Bangalore, April 2014.

'Design thinking workshops at JAGRITI SAKHI UDYOGINI', Mumbai, 12th April, 2014.

'Conquering Fear, my experiences with entrepreneurship'. Talk given at the SAM UTH VIT, Vellore, 23rd March, 2014.

'Design Education in India and inspirations from the world' - at 4th Anime Convention, New Delhi, September 27th to 29th, 2013

'Fun with Type' workshop for high school students at Anime Convention, New Delhi, September 27th to 29th 2013,

'Designing for Flow' at the UX India 2013 conference at Indian Institute of Management (IIMB) at Bangalore, India on 24, 25 & 26th Oct'13.

'Why User Experience Matters'- talk at Honeywell Technology Solutions Lab, Orion campus, Bangalore, September 3rd 2013

Talk at National Institute of Design, Bangalore on Design Education in India, August 29th 2013

'Moments captured in time' , a talk on Photography & Film , at the Google India Summit, talk to the Google Student Ambassadors, Goa, 1st August, 2013.

Took a Design Workshop on "Design for Social Impact", with Master's students at the Lécole de design Nantes Atlantique (India Studio) , May 20th - 28th.

Gave a talk, "The Design Story" at the Design Day, Bangalore event on April 20th, 2013.

Spoke at The Goa Project Unconference. Workshop titled, "Does your Design tell a story" , March 29th, 2013, Goa.

Presented my paper, 'A framework for teaching Design for Social Impact' at the upcoming DDEI conference, March 12-15, 2013. Pune.

Taught the Communications for Designers course at the Lécole de design Nantes Atlantique (India Campus)

Communication Seminar for Masters students at LÉcole de Design, Nantes Atlantique (India Campus), May 15th 2012.

Design Research Methodologies - L'École de Design Nantes Atlantique (India Campus) , April 2012.

Light Painting Workshop, UDML College, Jaipur, March 24th, 2012,

Light Painting Workshop - Pragyan 2012, February 24-25th, NIT Trichy.

Was a part of panel discussion at 3rd Anime Con, New Delhi.

Spoke on 'The return of Solomon' - Co-creating the User Experience, STC UX conference, 27th Aug, 2011

Light Painting Workshop was held at TechnoSearch, festival at NIT Bhopal, March 2011

Presented the Pick Me, Click Me, Educate Me project at TEDxMANIT, Bhopal, February 2011

I like working as a Design Evangelist through my works as a teacher, mentor, and as a promoter of the value of design amongst colleges and organizations across India. My approach is firmly grounded in applying the principles of Design Thinking to Problem Solving, Team Management, Design Consulting, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

I am available for Design Consultation, conduct Design workshops in your organization, and also to teach as a visiting faculty in Design colleges. I am based out of Bangalore and am often traveling around for talks and workshops.

This talk I recently gave, covers my interest in the above.

My Work and Educational Background

Presently I serve as the Program Director and Head of Operations of India Studio of the French Design school L’École de design, Nantes-Atlantique in Bangalore.

I also run a Design Consulting company called Happy Horizons Consulting, based out of Bangalore. Prior to these activities I lead the Design team at a Social Technology company, Kuliza Technologies, in Bangalore, and earlier to that I had co-founded a Design startup, Deskala.  I have also been consulting for and mentoring different startups in India, apart from being a freelance photographer, Visiting Faculty to Design schools, and a contributing author to different online forums.

In the past I have been invited for talks at corporates houses like Mindtree, Infosys, Regalix, and at events such as TEDx talks, IGNITE talks, for sharing my views on the above.

Presenting at TEDx BITSGoa

Presenting at TEDx BITSGoa

I am a regular speaker at conferences and I speak on User Experience Design, Photography, Social Entrepreneurship and Design for Social Impact.

Presenting at TEDxMANIT Bhopal

Presenting at TEDxMANIT Bhopal

Education background:
I did my masters in Human Computer Interaction Design from Indiana University, Bloomington and my Bachelor of Design from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. As a Design Consultant, I have worked with large corporations like Infosys and Motorola and then at startups in India as a Design Consultant.

Photography

I have also been doing photography for the past 10 years, and published images on cover of books by Penguin India, Beyond Profit magazine, and Hindustan Times online. Amongst the critically acclaimed photo-documentaries done by me are the “Promotion of Child Education in Bihar” and “25 years of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy”. I enjoy shooting documentary style portraits, cultures of the world and street life.
More information about my Photography can be found on my other startup website Happy Horizon Studios. I have conducted photography workshops across India on Light Painting and basic Photography.

Social Entrepreneurship
I am a Managing Trustee of the non-profit organization Happy Horizons Trust, and we run a project in Bihar to promote the quality in child education in rural Bihar. The project Pick Me, Click Me, Educate Me! aims at promoting activities in schools that will increase the motivation of the students to attend the schools.

Screen shot from the Pick Me, Click Me, Educate Me! Project

Screen shot from the Pick Me, Click Me, Educate Me! Project