Babitha George is a Partner at Quicksand, a design strategy and innovation consultancy, and anchors their Bangalore studio. Her prior work in education in India prompted her to actively think about the role of design thinking in social impact contexts, leading her to steer several of Quicksand's social innovation projects, especially in the use of technology in education and vocational training contexts, to improve learning outcomes and create more engaging & transformational learning environments.
She is a management graduate from IIM Ahmedabad, prior to which she studied English, Journalism & Psychology, and with this background, Babitha believes strongly in the strength of multi-disciplinary approaches. Her core skills are in design strategy and research as it pertains to conceptualizing products and services that promote sustainability and quality of life, especially for low income communities.
Babitha is one of the co-founders of the UnBox Festival, leading on networks and collaborations bringing together efforts around social change, art & culture, thoughtful design and open research. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Victor Papanek Foundation and was featured in the British Council's 'Blurring the Lines' exhibition in London, as one of sixteen people from around the world who are reinventing creative exploration and participation in their respective communities. She is a member of the Mozilla Foundation's first cohort of 'Network50', for outstanding work in Internet health.
'Reimagining our bodies as data'
People used to be the users of the algorithms that drove the services we use. Now through complex often hidden, biometrics we are part of the algorithm that drives services. On our borders. In our banks. In our private homes. We are all being listened to, watched, scanned and observed in direct and indirect ways. Consent is opaque. Notions of trust are often used only as a marketing tool. The consequences are spoilt goods. If we want services to be tools for people, then we need to change the way we engage our bodies as data... more >
Thursday, September 10, 14:00 - 16:30