Engineering the Eye


Engineering the Eye 13th-20th July, 2014: Apply

Hyderabad, India (July 2013): Doctors and Engineers united for seven days of nonstop ideating and prototyping on some of the biggest challenges in eye health.

Hyderabad, India (Oct 2013): Inauguration of joint LVPEI/MIT center for innovation by Dr. Abdul Kalam.

Former President Abdul J. Kalam

Boston, Massachusetts (Oct 2013):Kickoff of MIT Tricorder Course. MIT's quest to build a Medical Tricorder.

Engineering the Eye
to prevent blindness, to create superhuman sight, to innovate how we see and experience the world

This July 13th through 20th, the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design are holding the event: Engineering the Eye, with the LV Prasad Eye Institute, CYIENT, Hyderabad Campus.

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The workshop will bring together students from across India to work closely with clinicians over seven days to develop fully functional prototypes which address both preventing blindness and enabling people with existing vision loss to lead fuller, more productive lives. Students will engage in a complete pipeline of device design: from ideation, to project definition, to prototyping, to user testing, and finally to presentation and demonstration of their achievements in an exhibition open to the public and press.

Previous MIT India Workshops:
2011 Workshop in Pune
2012 Workshop in Delhi
2013 Workshop in Bangalore
2014 Workshop in Mumbai

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Tata Center for Technology and Design

The Tata Center for Technology and Design focuses on the needs of resource-constrained communities in India, taking into account environmental, social, and political factors. A core principle is to be relevant to global societal challenges and needs. We link MIT to India and other parts of the developing world. Our goal is to train future generations of engineers and business leaders to build and apply this important new discipline.


We solve problems. We focus on engineering, networks & operations. But what makes us special is how we work with our clients, helping them achieve more. Our contributions may vary but they always enable something bigger to happen. These enhancements are the ones that shape a better tomorrow. Our leading-edge solutions enable major organizations worldwide to achieve measurable and substantial benefits. Solutions include product development and life-cycle support, process and network engineering, plus data transformation and analytics. We utilize a global delivery model. And we have more than 12,000 associates across 38 global locations, with delivery centers in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. We are experts in the aerospace, consumer, energy, medical, oil and gas, mining, heavy equipment, semiconductor, rail transportation, telecom and utilities industries..

LV Prasad Eye Institute

L V Prasad Eye Institute is a comprehensive eye health facility with its main campus located in Hyderabad, India. A World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness, the Institute offers comprehensive patient care, sight enhancement and rehabilitation services and high-impact rural eye health programs. It also pursues cutting edge research and offers training in human resources for all levels of ophthalmic personnel.

MIT Media Lab

MIT Media Lab goes beyond known boundaries and disciplines, encouraging the most unconventional mixing and matching of seemingly disparate research areas. The Lab is committed to looking beyond the obvious to ask the not yet asked–questions whose answers could radically improve the way people live, learn, express themselves, work, and play.

The Tracks

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  • source: Wired UK

    Imaging the Eye

    Accessible, democratized diagnostics and tools to see into our health

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  • source: ZME science

    Programming Perception

    Engineering our experience of seeing the world around us

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  • source: Yanko Design Braille E-book

    Reinventing Vision

    Enabling the blind through innovative sensory technology

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  • source: Mercoframes

    Apps & Algorithms

    Creating apps, coding diagnosis, to reach millions

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Here's a more detailed look at the workshop schedule

Faculty Instructors


Clinical Mentors

Open House Saturday July 19th

Applications are now CLOSED. Thank you everyone for applying!

Science, engineering, medical, and design students from all India are invited to apply.

The registration fee to attend the workshop is 3000 INR.

Students should arrive on the evening on the 12th July and arrange their own travel. Lodging and meals will be provided by L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad Campus for 7 days, 8 nights, starting the evening of the 12th of July.

Any questions may be directed to the email address below, or addressed on the Facebook page.

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Plot no-2, IT park, Manikonda, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Financial District, Nanakram Guda
Hyderabad, Telangana 500032, India

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Are there any prerequisites required to participate in the workshop?

The only requirements of participants is that they are students or very recent graduates with a healthy curiosity and desire to build and create and change the world. Preference will be given in the selection process to those students who demonstrate through their project portfolio and personal statement that they possess the skills and perspective to get the most out of the workshop. If you have further questions about your eligibility, email us at engineeringtheeye @media.mit.edu.

Is there anything that participants need to do to prepare for the workshop?

Accepted students will receive materials which we will expect all participants to become familiarized with prior to the start of the workshop. Any students who wish to receive training on specific hardware or software tools (i.e. 3D scanning and printing, machining, Arduino, etc) can apply separately for a tool training session at the beginning of the workshop (space limited). Further information on this process will be included in acceptance packets.

Is the workshop only open to Indian students?

The goals of this workshop and the broader efforts of the Tata Center at MIT are focused on the needs of resource-constrained communities in India specifically, so at this time we are only opening the call to Indian students.

Can I pay the fee for the workshop upon arrival?

If you are accepted to the workshop, you will receive instructions on making your payment. Payments must be processed electronically before arriving at the workshop.

What do I do if my question isn't answered here?

Email us! engineeringtheeye [at] media [dot] mit [dot] edu