Engineering the Eye


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.

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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.

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Design, Innovation, and You (DIy)

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

Honored to host former President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam!

This July 7th through 13th, the Design Innovation Workshop series and the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design are holding the first DIy event: Engineering the Eye, with the LV Prasad Eye Institute, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, and the Perkins School for the Blind.

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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.


Students who participate in the workshop will have the engage some of the worlds most renowned scientists and doctors in an ongoing collaborative process that will facilitate not only the exchange of ideas but the creation of the future of industry. They will have access to the forefront of rapid prototyping technology, including 3D scanners, 3D printers, cutting edge microcontroller circuitry, and state of the art optics, imagers, and electronics. The application for students can be found here


Students who volunteer at the event are crucial to making it a reality. Volunteers will help operate prototyping machinery and organize sessions for brainstorming and tutorials. These individuals will be exposed to the same expertise and technologies as the participants and will receive certificates of participation. All BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus students are eligible to participate as volunteers. A separate application for volunteers can be found here.

All students, as participants or volunteers, will have the opportunity to be involved with a new intiative at BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) and the Center for Innovation (CFI). The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is recognized as a center for excellence at BITS and works towards creating the right ecosystem for ideas to mature into successful ventures. The Center for Innovation is the brainchild of the director, Prof. V.S. Rao and was created in order to lead the charge in innovating on campus.

This event is part of a broader initiative, with the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design, to further the dissemination of design concepts and technologies which are relevant to global societal challenges and needs. Participants in this workshop have the opportunity to work on some of the greatest opportunities for innovation in vision with the guidance of faculty and researchers from one of the worlds foremost centers for technology and design.

We are thrilled to have further sponsorship from The Perkins School for the Blind, the first school for the blind in the United States now with programs in 67 countries worldwide, and truly innovative leader in education for children and adults with visual impairment. Students will be able to work with some of the foremost technology in assistive devices through this partnership.

Design Innovation Workshop Series

In its third year, the Design Innovation Workshop Series aims to share Massachusetts Institute of Technology's and the Media Lab's interdisciplinary research, design, and development cultures and inculcate an attitude of hands-on creative learning (learning-by-doing) and "hacking" (rapid prototyping).

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

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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.

BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

Established in 2008, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus is spread over an area of 200 acres in Jawahar Nagar, Shameerpet Mandal. Our mission is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges.

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.

Perkins School for the Blind

Perkins School for the Blind is located on a 38-acre campus on the Charles River in Watertown, Massachusetts, with partner programs in 65 countries. The school is committed to providing education and services that build productive, meaningful lives for children and adults around the world who are blind or deafblind, including those with additional disabilities.

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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Join us at DIy Engineering the Eye to build technologies like these to revolutionize vision care around the world


Le-Chal is a way finding aid for the visually impaired that uses a language of vibrations, complementing their natural adaptations and extends their limitations.

Anirudh Sharma, DIW2011

This small, portable solution allows for anyone, anywhere to get an eye test for glasses, and access a care provider through the mobile network.

Vitor Pamplona, EyeNetra


The project employs Electro-Tactile stimulation for presentation of information - to create a refreshable braille display with no moving parts.

Centre for Innovation & Development, VIT
H@cking Medicine

90 percent of glaucoma patients in clinical studies could not effectively administer eye drops on their own. Project MIST delivers an easy-to-use spray canister that transforms drops into a mist.

Project MIST, H@cking Medicine


Here's a more detailed look at the workshop schedule

Faculty Instructors


Clinical Mentors

Open House Saturday July 13th

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 6th July and arrange their own travel. Lodging and meals will be provided by BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus for 7 days, 8 nights, starting the evening of the 6th of July.

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

BITS, Pilani - Hyderabad Campus
Jawahar Nagar, Shameerpet Mandal
Hyderabad, 500078, Andhra Pradesh. INDIA



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 [at] media [dot] mit [dot] 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 there a fee to volunteer at the workshop?

No, volunteers do not pay to be a part of the workshop. Students who wish to volunteer their time to help us make this workshop a success will be exposed to the same technologies and expertise as participants, and need only give their time.

Who is elgible to volunteer at the workshop?

At this time only students enrolled at the BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus are eligible to participate as volunteers.

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