Those who know me probably would have heard of my project dHive: Rural Design studio, that I initiated as a SBI Youth for India Fellow. Since its inception in 2015, I have been putting my blood, sweat and tears to build a rural innovation model where children design and build solutions to local problems with locally available resources. I am really excited to see how dHive, that started in a remote tribal village of Lobhi is now unfolding towards a global scale, as I get my letter of acceptance today to the highly selective and prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Innovation and Entrepreneurship BootCamp 2018.
Crossing every hurdle with a great leap of faith, my friend Shreyas and I have taken this work as our life’s calling to bring children to the forefront of social innovation. Your contribution could help me get rigorous training by MIT experts through one week intensive program to scale up the project into a startup and maximize impact not only in India but to under served communities around the world.
The young innovators at dHive have defied the popular opinion that children just play with toys and perform science experiments. With our unique design thinking process for children, tailored to low resource areas, they have designed and developed ingenious solutions that have not only solved problems that their community has faced for generations, but has also created alternative livelihood opportunities for women Self Help Groups.
Guided by a panel of highly experienced mentors - Prof. Arvind Gupta (Indian Toy Inventor and Padma Shri Awardee), G.G. Sohani (President, BAIF Development Research Foundation) and Mrs. Meenakshi (Expert in Indigenous pedagogy, Auroville). We operate through a growing network of content creators who volunteer towards what they believe could bring hope for underprivileged communities.
- 3M- CII Young Innovator Challenge Award 2017 at the 13 th Innovation Summit
- Best Youth Award 2016, Illaignarkal Education Centre, Auroville
- Selected one among top 20 Social Innovators of India at the National Conference on Social Innovation 2016
It was a proud moment indeed when the team was officially invited by Nobel Foundation to the Round table conference with four Nobel Laureates on ‘How Science Impact Lives’ at the Nobel Prize Series 2018.
The MIT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp costs me a total of $8500 (Rs.5,70,515 INR) to participate.
Tuition = $6000 (Rs. 4,02,717 INR)
- $2000 (Rs. 1,34,239 INR) due on May 18th to secure my place
- $4000 (Rs.2,68,478 INR) due on June 28th
Air Travel cost: $2500 (Rs. 1,67,798 INR)
I believe that only by creating a paradigm shift in the way our children are educated, we together as responsible adults can make a better society. Help us bring our vision to become more than just a dream. Your contribution can make a difference!