Technology, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Summit

The American School of Bombay in partnership with Children's Technology Workshop, and NuVu Studio, bring you the Technology, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence Summit (TRAI) for High School students in Mumbai on October 11th and 12th. This Summit will engage students in an interdisciplinary design thinking process in order to design solutions for big challenges in the Urban development field using technology, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Students enrolled in schools within Mumbai are eligible to apply for participating in the TRAI Summit.

What should students expect?

At TRAI Summit, students should expect to experience an intense interdisciplinary environment where they will solve complex problems in the Urban development field through rigorous brainstorming, collaborating, iterating, designing, and experimental methodologies. Students should expect to employ and develop critically important 21st century skills, particularly communication and collaborative problem-solving, in order to learn cutting edge technical skills and succeed in an entirely project-based environment.

Who will students work with?

High School students will work alongwith key experts in the Urban development field, coaches from NuVu Studio, and the Children's Technology Workshop. The coaches bring a diverse set of backgrounds and skills ranging from engineering design and architecture, to programming, software development and robotics.


Within the next forty years, two-thirds of the world's population will be living in expanding urban centers. Technology, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are being utilized to meet important human needs related to urban development. In the context of cities and urban development, researchers, architects, urban planners, engineers, and scientists are working together to use technology to study how cities are changing, discern the needs of the people within those cities, understand how urban areas source their energy, utilize more alternative energy, provide adequate public spaces, create opportunities for urban farming and sustenance, and generate economic opportunities to sustain the livelihoods of people living and working in those urban areas.

In recent years, new technologies are bringing urban citizens to the forefront of providing relevant information about their cities. KGS Buildings, a company that has created a cloud-based software called Clockworks, applies their software to detect energy-saving opportunities in buildings' HVAC equipment and informs clients through the cloud so the buildings can be "fixed" in real time. Local Warming, a system for creating personalized climates around individuals as an alternative to heating entire buildings, offers a view of how customizable heating and cooling can become an integral part of buildings in the future. Place Pulse, a research project out of MIT, aims to crowdsource information about the "perception" of areas within a city to better guide urban policy and design decisions. Other researchers at MIT are wearing sensors to measure stress while driving and develop 'stress-scapes' of various cities. Cloud-based technology innovations, such as "Cloudcommuting" - a platform designed by Harvard/MIT graduates for point-to-point vehicle sharing systems that pay users to rebalance vehicles - look at the market economy of vehicle sharing programs. Such new technology developments promise to increase the opportunity to meet big challenges as cities continue to grow and adapt to changing populations.

What is Design Thinking

According to the Henry Ford Learning Institute, Design Thinking is an approach to learning that uses specific techniques and mindsets to develop a student's creative confidence. Working to identify problems and generate solutions for design challenges allows students to learn to frame their thinking around the mindsets of developing empathy, promoting a bias toward action, encouraging ideation, and working in a culture of prototyping.

(Image credit: Henry Ford Learning Institute)

Why Design Thinking

These technology driven advances aren’t the work of lone geniuses, they are the result of skilled collaborative teams methodically working to understand human needs and build on each other’s knowledge, thinking and skill to design solutions. A design thinking process is a key for guiding and supporting this collaboration and innovation.

Organised by:

American School of Bombay

The American School of Bombay (ASB) was founded as an independent, coeducational day school in 1981. The school offers an educational program from early childhood through grade 12 for approximately 750 students representing over 50 nationalities. ASB serves the international and expatriate community of Mumbai and is recognized with full accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation.

Content Partners:

NuVu Studios

NuVu is a full-time magnet innovation center for middle and high school students based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. NuVu's pedagogy is based on the architectural Studio model and geared around multi-disciplinary, collaborative projects. NuVu teaches students how to navigate the messiness of the creative process, from inception of an idea to completion of a product using a design thinking process, expert coaches, and thoughtfully planned and provisioned studios.

Children's Technology Workshop

Children's Technology Workshop is a co-academic education initiative that works with students ages 6-16 specifically focusing on robotics and engineering design. CTWorkshop used Lego Robotics and Arduino based learning environments to engage students in the process of creating robot models and solutions to challenges centered around specific STEM concepts and their applications.

Online Learning Partner:

ASB Online Academy

The ASB Online Academy is a learning platform where adults, students, and education professionals can learn new skills, deepen existing skills, and explore new areas of interests. Your experience will be focused, challenging and relevant. Courses are regularly updated to stay in sync with trends and to better equip you with relevant skills and knowledge. Personalized learning is provided through small group instruction and flexible modular units.

Associate Partners:


In order to promote sustainability, IL&FS Ltd established the IL&FS Academy of Applied Development (IAAD). IAAD’s vision is to be the leading Research to Practice Facilitator, a Knowledge Hub of excellence for Innovations and a Think-tank for Policy & Advocacy in the area of Climate Change & Smart Sustainability.

IAAD is a “Not for Profit” organization and its mission is to create a new paradigms in continuing education and capacity building.

Towards this end, IAAD uses a variety of innovative tool-boxes and strategies, to impart training, build leadership and promote entrepreneurship, facilitate innovative technologies, products and services, operate knowledge networks and influence policies. IAAD Primary stakeholders are students, faculty, working professionals, businesses and government officials.

IAAD operates a nodal network of institutions of repute and varied backgrounds in the form of an ecosystem. These institutes include Administrative Staff College of India Hyderabad; IIT Bombay; Gujarat Pollution Control Board; Malaviya National Institute of Technology; TERI University; Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs; Washington University at St. Louis,USA; Delft University of Technology & Stichting Deltares, Netherlands; AIT (Asian Institute of Technology), Vietnam; United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and The International Corporate Governance Network.









Mainstreaming environmental sustainability through education and training is the raison d’etre of Ekonnect KnowledgeFoundation. The non-profit company is fuelled by the vision of Dr. Prasad Modak, who has made environmental education the work of his life. In his experience as faculty at the Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Dr. Modak developed a strong passion and sense of commitment towards nurturing and mentoring students and young professionals in Environmental Management & Sustainability. With his firsthand experience of mainstream environmental education combined with his practical experience as a consultant, Dr. Modak has developed an unparalleled insight into designing training programmes in the domain of environment and sustainability. He continues to teach as adjunct professor at IIT, Mumbai.

Engaging with stakeholders ranging from university students, young professionals and educational institutions, to government bodies and corporates, Ekonnect has successfully delivered a range of training services including face-to-face and blended learning training programmes, training of trainers (ToT), curriculum design and career counselling in the domain of environment and sustainability. The initiatives of Ekonnect are supported by Environmental Management Centre, a strategic environmental consultancy founded by Dr. Prasad Modak in 1995. To read more about Ekonnect’s past activities see Ekonnect brochure.

Bronze Sponsor:

Mahindra EPC

One of the largest Solar EPC players in the country this year, Mahindra EPC is committed to providing world class EPC solutions to its customers. Mahindra EPC is a portfolio company under Mahindra Cleantech, Mahindra Partners - A $ 900 MN private equity firm in the Mahindra & Mahindra group. It has established itself as a dominant player in both Grid Connected and Off-Grid EPC services, with a portfolio of 90 MW installations across utility scale and distributed solar (including rooftops, telecom towers and DG PV hybrid). Its remote PV monitoring and control solution by machinepulse has been ranked the ‘No.1 Fastest growing PV monitoring solution for Utility scale in India’ by GTM Research, 2014.

Solutions Offered:

Solar : Utility Scale I Roof Top I DG PV Hybrid systems I Solar Generator I Solar Car Charging stations I Telecom Tower solarization
Green Factory Building Solutions : Design I Architecture I Engineering I Procurement I Construction
machinepulse: Remote Monitoring and Control I Solarpulse I Windpulse I intelligent Building Management Systems

The Studios


Transportation is one of the largest segments of the economy of any city. Households each dedicate a significant portion of their income to road transportation. Changes in a city's transportation infrastructure have a substantial impact on the way a city grows, its economic development, what types of businesses thrive or die, and how people interact with one another. In India, the public transportation sector is the primary means of transport for most of the population, and is one of the most heavily used across the world. Around the world, new transportation systems and models are entering the market to challenge conventional transportation means: shared cars and bikes, electric and hybrid vehicles, foldable vehicles, bus rapid transit systems, cable car systems, and even self-driving cars.

The challenge is to develop innovative ideas around potential transportation enhancements to the city of Mumbai that can eliminate traffic congestion and provide convenient, affordable, and pleasurable alternatives for its citizens. Solutions could include "mobility on demand" or shared-use vehicles/bikes connected to mass transit to increase land utilization (less parking areas) and increase the overall well being of the city by providing for more walkable areas.

Alternative Energy

Alternative energy (wind, solar, hydro, biomass) provides an alternative to the harmful effects of fossil fuels, and has seen a tremendous growth in the last decade across the world. Even in the transportation sector, alternative energy in the context of electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles is on the rise. Cities around the world, such as Munich, Tokyo, Bristol, San Francisco, Vancouver, Stockholm, and Copenhagen, are introducing alternative energy based systems and policies to counteract the predominant reliance on pollution-generating systems.

The challenge is to develop solutions that use alternative energy to provide clean, renewable and affordable energy to cities and the people living, working and playing in these areas.

Architecture and Urban Design

Architecture and urban design focus on the process of designing and shaping cities, towns and villages, as well as the buildings, streets, public spaces, and neighborhoods within them. New innovations are making urban areas more functional, attractive, and sustainable for both residents and visitors. The concept of "Compact Urban Cells" focuses on creating a dense neighborhood area of approximately one square kilometer in diameter (or a 20-minute walking area) that contains most of the needs of citizens for everyday life.

The challenge is to develop a model for high-performance urban living based on the concept of "Compact Urban Cells." This compact, walkable neighborhood should include places of living, work, culture, shopping, entertainment, and play, and support a rich diversity of interactions and activities.

Infrastructure (Water, Sanitation, Electricity, Food)

As the world's population continues to rise, food, water, sanitation, and electricity - basic infrastructural needs - become exceedingly important and need to be available in a reliable manner for the welfare of the citizens. India is one of the world's largest producers of fruits and vegetables, but a third of its produce rots because of poor storage, transport and distribution.

The challenge is to design urban infrastructure systems involving water, sanitation, electricity, and/or food that will help support the growing needs of cities such as Mumbai. These could include smarter agriculture systems integrated onto rooftops and facades of buildings to efficiently deliver high-quality produce and help solve food security problems.

Waste Management

Growing cities such as Mumbai produce a large amount waste. Waste-in all its various forms-is a resource that constantly redefines innovation opportunities. As a result, Dharavi has become a hub for recycling waste in Mumbai, with the industry employing around a quarter of a million people and with a turnover $US 1 Billion annually, recycling over 80% of the waste inputs. Many countries including India are now focusing on building efficient waste management systems and processes to manage the increasing amount of waste generated.

The Challenge is to develop sustainable techniques of waste management including recycling, to allow cities to better manage the growing amount of waste produced every day.


Rajeev Thakker

Rajeev Thakker runs his own architectural & design practice, a-RT, which documents the city & various spatial conditions through cartographic, architectural & other creative processes. He is also the Curator of Columbia University’s Studio X, which focuses on creating a collaborative platform for architects, artists, planners, developers, and activists to engage in research, exhibitions, debates & various other programs regarding the future of cities. He has taught design & theory at several institutions including Parsons School of Design, Rensallaer Polytecnic Institute in Rochester, N.Y. , the A.B.A.C. School of Architecture in Bangkok, Thailand and Columbia University. Rajeev obtained his Bachelors of Architecture from Syracuse University in 1994 and his Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in 1998.



Amit Ghosal

Mr. Amit Ghosal is an Architect-Planner with over 30 years of wide and varied professional experience in Planning, Design and Execution of Urban-scale projects of national eminence. His basic strengths are to conceive and visualize large-scale projects in the Urban and Regional context while integrating the nuances of planning and design with economically viable and appropriate infrastructure services. His areas of interest and specialization are of “Energy Efficient Buildings”, responsive to local climate, renewable energy applications in Architectural Design, and Planning principles incorporating waste-recycling, rain-water harvesting, aquifer-recharge, economics in the lay-out of services, landscaping and other applications towards “Sustainable-Development”. Apart from his professional duties as an Architect-Planner, he has conducted courses on Sustainability, Settlement Planning, Environmental Engineering, and Energy-Conscious Architecture.




Aamer Hassanally

Aamer studied Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship at Brown University, where he began his journey into social enterprise. With a group of classmates, he founded WaterWalla - a non-profit organisation focused on clean water distribution in urban slums. Today, Aamer leads WaterWalla's efforts in India to support and mentor student groups in water-related projects.


Manisha Pandita

Manisha is a Project Leader at Dalberg Global Development Advisers in their Mumbai office, where she is focused on inclusive business and public policy, particularly in the healthcare, education and sanitation sectors. She has experience working with corporations, non-profits, government agencies and philanthropic organizations on private sector development, program strategy, and market landscape analysis. Most recently, she worked with a large international foundation on attracting private sector engagement to provide sustainable sanitation solutions in small and medium towns in India. Currently, she is developing business plans to pilot two innovative enterprise and consumer finance solutions for renewable energy technologies in India. Prior to Dalberg, Manisha was a Senior Associate Consultant with Bain & Company in their Boston office. At Bain, she worked across industries on a variety of key strategic and operational issues, including growth strategy and organizational efficiency. She also lead Bain Boston’s chapter of Inspire, a national consulting organization for non-profit clients, where she worked mainly with clients in education and youth development. Manisha holds an A.B. with honors in Economics and Government from Harvard University.






Radhika Chatterjee

Radhika Chatterjee is a student aiming to provide sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly solutions to meet growing world energy demands. She is a recent graduate of Czech Technical University in Prague, and wrote her Bachelor thesis with the help of the Czech Nuclear Research Institute (UJV Rez), in which she analyzed the applicability of hydrogen as a renewable energy carrier for remotely located communities. She has worked at Vitkovice Power Engineering (Ostrava, Czech Republic) and plans to further her studies in the field of Electrical Power Engineering, specializing in Smart Grids and Buildings, at INP Grenoble in France this year.



Vivek Adhia

Vivek Adhia is a Senior Associate in the Climate and Energy Program within WRI India, working with businesses to promote stewardship, innovation and an alternate response to climate change. Currently, he is leading an initiative to set up a voluntary, unanimous, industry-led National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Program to facilitate efficient, profitable, competitive and sustainable businesses in a carbon-constrained world. Vivek has worked extensively with the corporate sector on climate strategy, carbon footprinting, water footprinting and environmental mapping, incorporating sustainable business practices across organizations. He also led a workstream on Collaborative Innovation with the World Economic Forum, covering the areas of bio-refineries, energy harnessing and alternative materials promoting and mainstreaming innovation across the food-water-energy and carbon nexus. He has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Pune, Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Mumbai University, and has pursued a certificate course in Management and Leadership Essentials from Harvard University.





Priyanka Vasudevan

Priyanka is a Senior Project Associate with EMBARQ India's Urban Transport team. She works on projects related to the planning, operation, and implementation of bus services. She is involved in Bus Karo Plus, a program designed to foster communication around best practices for bus systems in India. She also coordinates efforts for other public transport projects, including a potential bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Mumbai. Prior to EMBARQ, she was involved in conceptual design plans for pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in Mumbai. Prior to that she was based out of Australia where she worked as a consultant to frame policies and strategies on public and non-motorized transport. Priyanka holds a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Her bachelor's degree is in International Relations and Japanese.




Sukriti Gupta

Sukriti believes efficient, simple, cross disciplinary design is a large part of the solution to Earth’s resource inequality & environmental problems. She is the Co-Founder of the Academy For Earth Sustainability, which helps schools, businesses, and individuals gain critical life skills and knowledge through collaborative, hands-on projects in sustainability. She has spent many years developing & leading educational workshops with schools and corporates at Ark Eden on Lantau, a similar permaculture education model. Holding a degree in Sustainable Design & Fine Arts from George Washington University, she has worked and consulted internationally at top hospitality firms, in both interiors and resource management. She is a passionate gender activist, outdoor enthusiast and self-professed shark lover.



Laxmikant Deshpande

Laxmikant Deshpande has worked in the field of Environment Education for the past 13 years. He has worked with NGO’s, research institutes, corporates, and government agencies focusing on solid waste management, climate change, biodiversity conservation, wetlands and mangrove ecosystems of Mumbai. His work experience deals with EE for schools, colleges, citizens groups, corporate employees and policy makers. He played a lead role in the development of the ‘Communication Strategy for Solid Waste Management of Mumbai’ for the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and ‘Indradhanushya Citizens Environment Centre’ for Pune Municipal Corporation. He has worked on projects with the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Bombay Natural History Society, Godrej Mangrove Project, Centre for Environment Education and Environmental Management Centre (EMC) and Centre for Environmental Research and Education (CERE). He has a Masters in Environment Sciences from University of Pune (2000).

THE GREENHOUSE: ASB's Space for Growing Student Ideas

ASB's Greenhouse empowers, supports, and connects students to prototype and develop innovative ideas for the world.

Are you a student or group of students with an idea, concept, or prototype or concept that meets human/societal needs? The Greenhouse is ASB's platform committed to supporting students to research and develop ideas, concepts, prototypes, and transform those into real-world solutions. The Greenhouse supports student innovation by providing:

- Connections with mentors and experts from fields of interest
- A framework for researching and developing prototypes
- Effective ways to pitch your idea to investors and other experts from relevant fields
- Opportunity and space to develop the prototype

Criteria for Greenhouse-Supported Development
Criteria 3 - High 2 - Medium 1 - Low
Strength of Solution

There is a strong clear correlation between the need being addressed and the solution

Interest & Inclination

Interest, energy and zeal needed to overcome obstacles is obvious

Thoroughness of Idea/Concept Development

The next steps of the prototype have been outlined

The X-Factor - Magnitude

A variable exists in the prototype idea to address a critical societal need and has potential to impact a large number of people.


If interested, please complete this form.


Saturday, October 119:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Introduction
    Taking the Lead: Designing Solutions for Urban Development

  • TRAI Challenges
    Verticals/Topics/Studios Included

  • Changes in Urban Development
    Big Trends/Drivers

  • Design Thinking Process
    Lean Methodology

  • Break

  • Group Distribution for Challenges

  • Challenge Focus Groups
    Define Problem Brief

  • Lunch

  • Team Design Phase
    Ideate & Prototype Solutions

  • Reflection
    Share Progress

Sunday, October 129:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Team Design Phase
    Ideate & Prototype Solutions

  • Lunch

  • Team Design Phase
    Ideate & Prototype Solutions

  • Presentation/Demo Preparation

  • Presentation/Demo

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