The Media Lab India Initiative is an effort by students and alumni from the MIT Media Lab to bring together a community of makers and creators across India, and to facilitate collaboration and sharing of ideas across boundaries of disciplines, institutions and culture. The goal is to create an environment much like at the MIT Media Lab, an environment that fosters creative exploration of ideas.
Over the past three years, we have organized three workshops in Pune, Delhi, and Bangalore. Each five-day workshop brings together hundreds of students with backgrounds in art, science, technology and design to collaborate in teams and to come up with prototypes and design concepts, which are showcased in an open house at the end of the workshop. Each workshop consists of a number of tracks or focus areas, conducted by two instructors from the Media Lab who guide about 50 students through the process of observing, brainstorming, and prototyping.