Uzramma is the director of Malkha Marketing Trust. founder of the non-profit research centre, “Dastkar Andhra”. She has been associated with the cotton textile industry of India since 1989. In 2005, she founded the “Decentralized Cotton Yarn Trust” with small-scale units to process cotton to yarn at field locations.
Pete has been heavily involved in the VFX industry for more than two decades with previous roles as Lead and Senior Artist, Head of Media and Director of Visual Effects within studios in the UK and abroad. A seasoned author with several publications and a decade’s worth of trade magazine articles, he also taught visual effects workshops around the world and was an external examiner for respected institutions in the UK. Since 2010 he has been based in Hyderabad, India, after co-founding Makuta VFX – a multi-award winning visual effects facility, which is synonymous with high-quality visual effects work within the Indian market. Since inception, Makuta has worked on numerous national and international projects to much acclaim including 2.0, Saaho, Syeraa, and the Baahubali franchise.
Hemanth is a design leader with an extensive experience in UX and Information Design with a passion to craft delightful experiences for the users. He has worked in different roles in UX and delivered a wide range of user experience projects for clients from a variety of industries including fortune 500 companies. He is currently working as UX Manager at Innovapptive, driving the UX transformation of the enterprise mobile apps
Shashank Tripathi is a partner with PwC and has spent 9 years as the leader of PwC’s Strategy group. He is the founder of Jagriti Yatra, a 15-day long, national train journey covering 8000 kilo meters across the length and breadth of India, to understand and build the India of smaller towns and villages through enterprise. Five hundred youngsters, selected from thousands of applicants, join the Yatra every year, with the goal of creating awareness and start a movement of ‘building India through enterprise’. Jagriti Yatra aims to nurture 1 Lakh (1,00,000) entrepreneurs by 2022 and create 10 Lakh (10,00,000) jobs through this process.
Maya Indira Ganesh is a technology researcher and writer who works with industry, arts and culture organizations and NGOs. She is a doctoral candidate at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany, working on a Ph.D. researching the relationship between human and machine autonomy. Her work specifically investigates computational approaches to AI ethics in the case of autonomous vehicles. Her research and advocacy work has spanned concerns around digital security and privacy; gender and technology; values and design in technology; trust, identity, and biometrics and post-humanism. She has worked with the Tactical Technology Collective, the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, UNICEF India, and the APC Women’s Rights Program.
Jeffrey travels and spends his time performing, programming and making pictures. Since 2016 he has given over 65 lecture-performances on Radical Digital Painting and related topics in the US and in Europe, often with collaborators Goodiepal & Pals, Julia Yerger, Artur Erman, and Casey REAS. He has taught at UCLA and Parsons The New School for Design and worked previously at the design studio Linked by Air. Jeffrey received an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University School of Art in 2013. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Emerging Digital Practices at Southern Oregon University.
Amol is a video Games industry leader with a proven track record of building large-scale teams comprising of creative, design, product management and technology-focused disciplines that are known for delivering to exacting global standards. He joined EA in March 2007 as Head of Operations and has spearheaded the growth of the India studio from a headcount of 70 to over 700 in a span of 4 years. Additionally, he was also responsible for the operations in the China and Korea studios of EA Mobile.
Previously, he was the Co-Founder and Director of Operations at Aurona Technologies.Before co-founding Aurona, he was at Recreate Solutions Limited, UK, handling client interaction across UK. Prior to that, he was Head of Rich Media Services at Sriven Multitech Limited, an outsourced animation production company. He has headed Slingshot Games and was responsible for a portfolio of EA’s mobile game titles. Amol is currently the country manager of Amazon Kindle.
Venkatesh is a Professor at IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay. His Information Design Lab uses theory-based visual design and analytical methods to discover and validate insights from data, and translate them into systems, methods, and frameworks that help in mindfully created human-information interactions.
Karthikeya Acharya (Karthik) is a design provocateur and researcher with the Digital Business Development Center in BTECH at Aarhus University. His research focus is on carrying out energy studies through field-based design practice. He has a doctorate in Design from Aalto University in Helsinki, a masters degree in Interaction Design from Domus Academy+IDII program in Milan and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Manipal University. He has industry experience working as a researcher with Fortum, the Finnish state energy corporation, as a design researcher and consultant with Nokia Design and Nokia Research Center and as a professional architect with design studios in South India.
Vidya Sarangapani is a doctoral researcher at Open Lab, Newcastle University currently completing her PhD in Digital Civics She works at the intersection of culture, technology and learning. She employs ethnographic practices to embed technology-supported cross-cultural learning in the school curriculum in England. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Bangalore University, an MBA from Newcastle University and a Master’s degree in Research Methods (MRes) from Newcastle University. She has worked within the English education system for over a decade and completed a research Internship with Microsoft Research, India. She dreams of creating an innovation space to nurture ‘wisdom-tech’. She recently acquired some seed funding to work with schools in England to understand stakeholder engagement and to reconceptualise schools’ online learning spaces. Vidya credits her daughter’s unbridled curiosity and wonders as the catalyst that powers her critical and creative thinking.
Pranjal is working in the field of Human-Computer Interaction and facilitator at Startup Grind to help startups to get access to funds, mentors and networking.
Sarigama Yerra is currently pursuing her fifth year of her 5 year dual degree, BTech in Computer Science and Ms with research in Humanities.
Dr. Shatarupa Thakurta Roy is an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, in the discipline of Fine Arts, under the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. She has done her BFA and MFA in Fine Arts from Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan and Ph.D. from the Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. Her area of specialization is Graphic Art and Design Culture. She is involved in teaching art history, criticism, and appreciation, design theory, drawing and painting.
Anirudha Joshi is professor in the interaction design stream in the IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay. His specializes in the design of interactive products for emergent users in developing economies. He has worked in diverse domains including healthcare, literacy, Indian language text input, banking, education, industrial equipment, and FMCG packaging. Anirudha also works in the area of integrating HCI with software engineering. Anirudha is active with many HCI communities. He has played various roles in conferences including India HCI, INTERACT and CHI. He is the founding director of HCI Professionals Association of India. He represents India on IFIP TC13. He is the Liaison for India for the ACM SIGCHI Asian Development Committee and the VP Finance of the ACM SIGCHI Executive Committee. You can find more about him here: http://www.idc.iitb.ac.in/~anirudha/aboutmeformal.htm
Nimmi Rangaswamy is Associate Professor at the Kohli Centre on Intelligent Systems, IIITH, where she brings an anthropological lens in understanding the impacts of AI research and where AI is approached and studied ‘in the everyday’ intersections of computation and society impacting human and social interactions.
Using ethnographic methods, she studies the human‐machine interface to demystify the role and impact of digital technologies in ordinary life.
At the Kohli Centre, some of her research explores AI in the context of work automation and the IT job sector in India; Digital money and digital literacy in developing contexts; Social Interactions in VR; Digital broadcast media for ‘intelligent empowerment’ and social action; Feminist HCI in the context of India and women’s political empowerment.
Devanuj is a Design educator and researcher. He is trained in three domains of Design: Architecture, Industrial Design, and Interaction Design. He has also worked as Artificial Intelligence (AI) researcher in the industry where he designed and programmed algorithms that could help improve the interaction between humans and computers. His Ph. D. is in the domain of Human-Computer Interaction for Development (HCI4D).
Simran Chopra is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Computer & Information Science at Northumbria University. After a disciplinary background in Design and industrial experience in Graphic, and UX Design. Currently, working on a transdisciplinary approach to sustainable HCI research and HCI for alternative food systems. The work focuses on the practice of “futuring” in grassroots communities and facilitating openness, participation, and coordination through HCI in constructing visions of the future, and in reconciling these with the everyday practices of the communities.
Saurabh works as a Senior Researcher in Next Billion Users group in Google. Prior to joining Google, Saurabh was part of HCI research teams at Xerox Research and IBM Research. A large body of his work focuses on creative uses of ICT for the development of the developing regions and growth markets. He has been named as “Innovators under 35” (MIT TR 35 under 35) by MIT Tech Review for the year 2015.
Dr. Arriaga is a Senior Research Scientist and Associate Chair of Graduate Affairs in the School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech. She uses psychological concepts, theories and methods to address fundamental topics of Human-Computer Interaction and Social Computing. Her current research interest is in the area of chronic care management. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in HCI including the GT/Coursera User-Experience Design MOOC.
He is part of the design team at Gramener, with a focus on expanding the data visualization expertise, apply storytelling principles to business problems, explore the value of data art in a professional context, and experiment with sketchnoting for facilitating discussions with stakeholders. His areas of interests include Information Visualization, Data Art & Interaction Design. Prior to his current role, he designed maps and visualise data at Mapbox. he worked on designing web & mobile experiences at Barclays, Microsoft & Capillary, and as a Research Associate at IDC, IIT Bombay. He holds an M.Des. in Information & Interface Design from NID, Bangalore and a B.E. (Hons) in Computer Science from BITS Pilani, Goa Campus.
Ramakrishna Uda is a certified HCI professional working with Capgemni as an experience design manager. He has 18 years of industry experience with global MNCs and helped many Fortune 500 customers to build human-centered software products. Research and Interaction Design are his core interests along with design thinking, strategy, information architecture, and usability testing. He also enables seamlessly bridging gaps between design and development activities with his knowledge in programming languages and agile project management experience. He has managed large product portfolios both in service and product industries focusing on building design solutions and software experiences centered around user needs. Ramakrishna originally hails from a rural Andhra Pradesh with farming family background where he was a textile artist and later graduated in Fine Arts from JNTU, Hyderabad.
She is a design strategist and an innovator currently working as a Senior UX Researcher with Microsoft Shared Services Studio. Prachi holds multiple patents in the area of qualitative UX assessment methodologies. She has been leveraging her craft to keep challenging the status quo and hopes to make the world a better place, one experience at a time.
Naveen Bagalkot is a researcher and teacher and leads the masters in Human-Centered Design at Srishti Institute or Art, Design and Technology. His research inquires and explores the intersection between digital technology and community health & wellbeing, a critical yet constructive stance through exploring alternative possibilities for localized, de-colonized and participatory design of self-tracking and data-driven digital-physical infrastructures for community care. Naveen has a Ph.D. in interaction design from IT-University of Copenhagen, and M.Des in Industrial Design from Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay.
Dr. Marisela Gutierrez is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for HCI Design at City, University of London. She works on the DMINR project, funded by Google Digital News Initiative, aiming to create an AI-enabled tool to help journalists interrogate public data sources. Marisela is currently focused on organising field studies and design engagements with journalists across the UK. She has previously worked on two large European research projects (FP7 and H2020), applying a variety of design methods and tools to design meaningful experiences for design teams and radio makers.
Debjani is a faculty member in Human-Centered Design at Srishti Institute or Art, Design and Technology. She also works as a Design Researcher and User Experience Designer. Her experience spans from being a User Researcher in managing public health programs in public hospitals in Mumbai. She uses elements of co-design to understand people’s perspective and behavior, further translating those to design technology-based healthcare interventions. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from M S University, Vadodara, in the area of Social Communication design in Healthcare.
Chandrika is a user experience researcher with a background in Psychology and a PhD in Human Computer Interaction. She currently conduct user research on the Google Play team. She uses a range of qualitative methods for conducting user testing. She works in an agile team of designers, engineers and product managers. She has expertise in conducting in-depth ethnographic research and collecting and analysing video material of users’ interaction with technology.
Chandni runs Tactopus, a design-led social enterprise that makes mixed reality learning experiences for children with vision impairment and learning disabilities with an inclusive and playful approach. She graduated from the Masters Program in Interaction Design IDC, IIT Bombay in 2017. TEDx speaker and India Inclusion Fellow.
Apala Lahiri Chavan is President, Human Factors International (Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australia). Her passion is to envision how user experience can be can be a change agent using digital channels. She is also fascinated by changes in user experience across time and space. Apala is an award-winning designer (International Audi Design Award 1996).
She co-edited the book Innovative Solutions: What Designers Need to Know for Today’s Emerging Markets and her TEDx talk is Three Laws of User Experience. She was invited to speak on User Experience Design and AI at the AI for Good conference, 2017 organised by the United Nations. Her articles ‘User Research vs Market Research’ and ‘The Washing Machine that ate the Sari’ regularly appear in top 10 UX articles related international lists.
Follow her @FuturistApala.
Anubhav Tiwari is currently the Head of Incubation & Corporate Initiatives at Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India (IIIT-H). Anubhav brings with him almost 6+ years of experience with a successful track record in helping startups to scale, through various innovation & acceleration programs. Prior to IIIT, he was the CEO of the Association of MSME in IT which is a Think Tank that supports the Government of India in designing Public Policies. He leads the IT for Railways and IT for Transport projects. He is on the board of the International Film Festival. He is part of the organizing team of TEDxHyderabad, Hysea Design Summit, Headstart Startup Saturday & Techstarts Startup Weekend. He is the founder of Virtual Slaps, a startup which is communication & entertainment.
Aradhana is a graduate from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. With a specialization in service design, her work focuses on social impact and behavioural change, especially towards environmental issues. Believing in the need for an interdisciplinary approach to design and innovation, her thesis looked into the possibility of speculating futures within the field of agriculture by working alongside scientists, NGO’s, designers and school children. Her dream is to build technology-led systems to bring large scale environmental and social changes for a sustainable, equitable and inclusive society.
Dr. Arthi Manohar is a Lecturer at the Department of Design at Brunel University London. Arthi is a design researcher, investigating the relationship between social design and technology. Her research interests include participatory design, co-design, user-centered design and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Her research and teaching explore the role of human values to change the way we engage with communities to help us be more creative, responsive and reflective. Arthi has published in high-impact conferences in HCI and Design related areas, including ACM and IEEE. She has contributed to research projects funded by EPSRC, ESRC, and AHRC.
Dr. Keyur Sorathia is currently working as Associate Professor at the Department of Design, IIT Guwahati. He main research interests include input interaction techniques for advanced technologies, including Virtual Reality and Flexible Handhelds. He runs a lab called Embedded Interaction Lab (EI Lab).
I am a 2nd year PhD student in Human-Computer Interaction at Cornell University. I work with Dr. Nicola Dell and Dr. Tapan Parikh. My research interests are broadly in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and User Experience (UX), with a focus on understanding how day to day technologies are used for self-empowerment by various communities in emerging markets. In my previous research, I have worked with different work-communities, such as government school teachers and non-profits, to understand how restructured usage of WhatsApp, especially for teacher training in post-colonial settings, creates empowerment opportunities for teachers.
My research methods, generally, involve mixed-methods approach with an eventual objective to translate my research insights into scalable and impactful technological solutions. Going forward, I am interested in understanding the challenges, such as privacy implications, which makes these population vulnerable in employing their technological practices.
In my previous life, I had an excellent opportunity to work with Dr. John M. Carroll and Dr. Marcela Borge as a master’s student. Prior to that, I worked as a user experience designer at Standard & Poor’s.
Ramesh Loganathan is currently the Professor of Co-Innovation at IIIT-Hyderabad where he Heads the Research/Innovation outreach. He is also the Chief Operating Officer of Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at IIIT. Ramesh was also the Chief Innovation Officer of State Innovation Cell of Government of Telangana. Ramesh brings with him almost 25+ years of vast executive leadership experience with a successful track record in running multi-million dollar companies. Prior to IIIT Ramesh was the Managing Director of Progress Software, India and was responsible for leading product development at the India Development Center He provided strategic guidance to the teams with a focus on cross-product consideration for SOA & Data Integration.
Shaun Lawson is Professor of Social Computing and Head of the Department of Computer & Information Sciences at Northumbria University. He leads the Northumbria Social Computing (NorSC) research group. His research lies at the boundaries between computing, design and the social sciences, and explores the use and significance of social media, and other collaborative and participatory digital services, in people’s lives. He is the co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications, including 12 full CHI papers n the last three years.
Tejaswini is currently working as a user experience research intern at PeepalDesign and is on the verge of finishing her master’s in ‘Computational Humanities’ from IIIT-H. As a passionate classical dancer and pianist, she believes that the fine arts have augmented her creativity and imagination. Her current research interests revolve around exploring dating in virtual reality and its place in the evolution of dating technologies.