We are extremely pleased to announce that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has officially confirmed their partnership and support for the Design Public Conclave, to be held on the 20th of April this year.
The Gates Foundation has worked with CKS on several different initiatives over the past few years, including the Vaccine Delivery Innovation Initiative, 34 Ways to Save Lives in Rural India, and most recently, Redesigning the Vaccine Delivery Kit used by frontline health workers in rural Bihar. This association has yielded not only a mutual respect for methodologies and approaches to work, that of innovation and design, but has also given forth several innovative ideas for future collaborations.
Anant Shah, Program Officer at the Gates Foundation, has attended both prior editions of the Design Public Conclave, and on both occasions expressed his appreciation and support of such a platform. At the first conclave, as Aditya Dev Sood mentioned in a post last week, the idea of the Bihar Innovation Lab was born, an institution that will bring public, private and social sector entities together to document and develop different kinds of innovations for the rural context. During the final session at Design Public II in Bangalore, he said, â€œI am constantly amazed at the commitment and potential energy of this fascinating and diverse group of people. At the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we are committed to innovation as a means to solve society’s long standing challenges, and I would like to express our support for the Design Public platform for taking this agenda forward.â€
We are elated that this support is now being formalized, and look forward to future conversations and initiatives that will be born out of the Design Public conversation, both prior to, during, and after the event.