"You can be a Polymath: Innovation through Multidisciplinary Thinking" - slides and video
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×
 

"You can be a Polymath: Innovation through Multidisciplinary Thinking" - slides and video

on

  • 175 views

Slides and video of talk on "You can be a Polymath: Innovation through Multidisciplinary Thinking", at The Goa Project 2014 (http://thegoaproject.com/)

Slides and video of talk on "You can be a Polymath: Innovation through Multidisciplinary Thinking", at The Goa Project 2014 (http://thegoaproject.com/)

Statistics

Views

Total Views
175
Views on SlideShare
151
Embed Views
24

Actions

Likes
0
Downloads
0
Comments
0

2 Embeds 24

http://funnel.thegoaproject.com 23
http://localhost 1

Accessibility

Categories

Upload Details

Uploaded via as Microsoft PowerPoint

Usage Rights

CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs LicenseCC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs LicenseCC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Processing…
Post Comment
Edit your comment
  • Sensing & vibration prototypes readyProduct design CAD completePreliminary user testing 1st roundFull working prototype WIPCrowd-funding launch: 1-2 monthsGrant from UK NGO under discussionManufacturing partners identifiedPublic announcement soon
  • Instead of the normal recruitment process in which people are brought in who have the skills needed by the firm and the values it most admires, innovative companies must let down their barriers. They must accommodate those whose skills are more peripheral and whose goals are suspect.Barry M Staw, Why No One Really Wants Creativity
  • Aesthetics: Yup, first priority!Technology: Energy densityEngineering: Feeding powerEconomics: Cost per JouleOther disciplines?

"You can be a Polymath: Innovation through Multidisciplinary Thinking" - slides and video "You can be a Polymath: Innovation through Multidisciplinary Thinking" - slides and video Presentation Transcript

  • Have we met before?
  • Let’s start simple Photography The Project • Creativity, Vision • Calculation, Technology • Technique and Trickery BHENDI BAZAAR, MUMBAI Documenting an urban habitat on the threshold of transformation
  • That’s just photography! “Just” a photographer Multi-Specialist ISO  Aperture ISO    Coffee Food Noise Reduction Image Stacking
  • Skills Mix Tools & Usage Software Skills Photography Project Objective Social Skills Human Physiology Research
  • pol·y·math /ˈ päliˈmaTH/
  • Well-known polymaths Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) • Painter, Engineer, Inventor, Botanist Richard (Billy) Arnold (1905-1976) • Racer, PhD (MIT), WW2 General Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) • Actress, Scientist, Inventor (FH-SS)
  • Any polymath you know? Every 5 year old! … and “that person”, your walking encyclopedia friend … and you, if you can break the social conditioning … Wait, what?
  • Breaking / making a polymath
  • Nurture secondary skills • • • • Revisit your choices Open “closed issues” Google’s “20% rule” Set self-challenges
  • A challenge for a polymath Challenge: Mobility device for the blind Improve upon the “white cane” Products exist, but expensive, imprecise And for the deaf blind? Even less! A multifaceted challenge…
  • Skills Mix Optics Product Engineering Economics Software Concept Human Physiology Electronics Production Logistics CAD
  • My solution WyFindr: A “light cane” for the visually impaired: • Non-contact device, new safety capabilities • Detect approaching objects, sense further away • More Discreet than white cane: Like a flashlight White Cane: Image By Sarah Chester (email sent to User:Graham87) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Flashlight: Image By photo © 2005 by Tomasz Sienicki [user: tsca, mail: tomasz.sienicki at gmail.com] (Own work) [CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5), GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Simple concept Piezo Vibrator Vibration Driver Microcontroller Infrared Beam IR Sensors Obstruction reflects beam
  • Device CAD
  • What will we achieve? • Enhanced safety • Extended range • Vibration feedback • Motion sensing • Improved precision • Social comfort • Low cost, Rs.5000 August Anderson (left) in TV series Covert Affairs is blind, and uses a fictional laser cane which emits a visible blue laser pattern
  • Enough of concepts… Application to business world
  • In the Workplace I do… many things
  • In the Workplace Requirement Final Output PMath I do… many things Final Output
  • In the Workplace Too many = disaster Easily distracted, bored Must prioritize effectively Provide “nascent polymaths” Repetitive Innovative I do… many things
  • Turning the tables: Your turn Challenge: Innovative cell-phone power Aesthetics Others? Technology Study Problem Collaboration Engineering Economics
  • Your Action Plan (homework!) • • • • • • • Allocate time – Daily + Weekly Identify a mentor Learn new skill Rinse & repeat Pick challenge / project Create something Get it reviewed
  • Anti-social behaviour is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists - Nikola Tesla