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About USID Foundation

Universal Sustainable, Inclusive Design for social change...

USID Foundation (Universal, Sustainable, Inclusive Design for social change) is a non for profit forum to evangalise design as a tool for making social change and social impact. It is a forum to evangalise the power of design in improving the quality of life and overall socio-economic development of all the people irrespective of their socio-economic, literacy and geographical condition and especially those who have been left out.

Even though in 2006, USID foundation was initiated as a community with focus to serve students, researchers, professionals and others in the academia and industry who has a keen interest in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Usability Engineering, Interaction Design, User Experience Research,to engage, and spread the knowledge, research, and practice in these domains to help making the technology usable and accessible by the end user irrespective of their abilities, and socio-economic conditions, but with time it evolved and in 2009 it expended it focus on DESIGN and DESIGN THINKING and redefined itself as Universal, Sustainable, Inclusive Design with a aim to bring social change and enable social impact. USID Foundation is working towards How DESIGN and DESIGN THINKING can help in empower and transform the people, businesses, governance, for overall socio-economic development of India.

Since its beginning, USID Foundation has successfully organized many events and USID Foundation takes pride in initiating India's first 3 days Conference in Design Thinking and User Expereince Domain when there were not a single quality event on design was happening in India. We ccontinued that tradition by initiating India's first "DESIGN THINKING GURUKUL" in 2010, bringing together university level students from the descipline of design, technology, management and social science to go through a collaborative and immersive learning experience and work on some of the wiked problems society is facing in in the area of eduction, helthcare, environment, security & safety, poverty, digital divide, water & energy, crafts, old age and people with disabilities. Later extended this initiative to the school students by initiating "GURUKUL IN SCHOOL" programme, introducing Design Thinking and "PROBLEM SOLVING APPROACH" to the school children.

DESIGN COMPETITION/CHLLENGE for design students and professionals is another activity which USID Foundation is organisaing with the aim to encourage the design and technology professionals to work on solution for the vrious critical and relevant problems being faced by our society as well as recogning their talent. UX DESIGN AWARDS is an initiative to recognise DIGITAL SOLUTIONS solving socially relevant problems. ACADEMIC SHOWCASE, STARTUP SHOWCASE are various other initiatives to recognise the students, professionals, studios and startups for their ideas / solutions making social impact.

USID Foundation is also organising various research (Ecosystem Exploration of Rural India to understand the rural ecosystem and identifying the touch points, where design and technology can intervene to alleviate the quality of life of rural India), educational (Gurukul and Gurukul in School workshops) and training activities focusing on IT & DIGITAL LITERACY, SKILL DEVELOPMENT for the people coming from low income and low literacy population therebu enabling their SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT.



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