Education for Innovation: Pecha Kucha Night #18

I’m very pleased to announce that planning for our next Pecha Kucha Night is already underway. This, the 18th volume of Pecha Kucha in Delhi, will be themed Education for Innovation, and will be held on Saturday, the 13th of April 2013.

India is entering an innovation era. Never before has there been so much energy or investment in the innovation ecology, with contributions from every sector – private, public, government, social organizations, funding agencies, and more. Despite all this positive, supportive energy, however, there remains a huge barrier to the realization of our innovation potential.

This barrier, of course, is the inadequacy of our education system. The deficiencies of the system lie both in the lack of reach and coverage, but also in the kind of content, the quality of learning, and the long-term effects of education. All these factors result in a major crisis in terms of the lack of preparedness of young adults when they enter the world of work. They are largely unable to think creatively, approach problems systematically, and design effective solutions. This makes it increasingly clear that we cannot achieve any of our innovation goals without a major rehaul of the current system.

This Pecha Kucha Night is a public event that aims to give voice to any effort that is really attempting to think about education in relation to innovation. We will be looking at examples of new approaches to education that instil learnings related to creativity, problem solving, design, and other essential ingredients of the innovation process.

Speakers will include educationists, innovators and startups working on all forms and stages of education. This includes education solutions for the bottom of the pyramid, education at the preschool level, higher education, adult education, education for the disabled, web-based education services, and many more. We will look at not only traditional education (degrees, courses and institutions), but also social and cultural education, incubation as education, and other non-traditional definitions of education.

When: Saturday, 13th April, 7:30 pm

Where: Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation
Near Qutab Minar Metro Station
D-57, 100 Foot Road, Chattarpur Enclave
New Delhi


Speakers for this event will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!

About Ayesha Vemuri

Ayesha Vemuri is responsible for thought leadership and outreach efforts at CKS. She has undergraduate degree in Visual Art from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she also studied such varied subjects as biology, literature and the humanities. At CKS, she is responsible for curating the Design Public blog, managing our various social media platforms, organizing Pecha Kucha Nights and contributing to the intellectual content of the Design Public Conclave and other CKS initiatives. Find her on twitter at @ayeshavemuri.
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