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CTI-CDI Seminar Series - Frugal Innovations for Fertilising Imagination

Lessons from the Honey Bee Network

Professor Anil Gupta
Date:   5 May 2016
Venue: Swinburne University AMDC301

Seminar Host:

Mitchell Adams | Research Centre Coordinator
Centre for Transformative Innovation

in partnership with:

Kate Bissett Johnson | Humanitarian Design Research Group
Centre for Design Innovation

Date:               5 May 2016

Venue:            AMDC301

Time:              Arrivals from 5.45pm for 6.00pm start.


Join the Centre for Transformative Innovation and the Centre for Design Innovation for a public lecture on frugal innovation with special guest Professor Anil Gupta. Professor Gupta will explore India's hidden hotbeds of invention and will show how the Honey Bee Network helps India's unsung inventors build the connections they need — and gain the recognition they deserve.

Professor Anil Gupta is a globally recognised academic and activist in the field of frugal and grassroots innovation. He is a senior staff member of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, one of India’s top tier Schools. He founded the Honey Bee Network to support grassroots innovators. The Honey Bee Network has documented thousands of innovations and assisted some of them through to commercialisation and securing their IP. Much of the knowledge about these innovations have been acquired through week-long walks to visit villages, a practice each summer over the past few decades. The Honey Bee Network database of innovations now extends to many from China and, more recently, Brazil.

His achievements have led to appointments to India’s National Innovation Council and his involvement in the policy discussions about innovation in India. His profile is best appreciated through his TED talk.


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