Dr. Aditya Dev Sood is a serial social entrepreneur with a background in Design and the Social Sciences. He is a former Fulbright Scholar with two doctorates from the University of Chicago. Sood has built several different kinds of organizations, all of which are co-located at the Vihara Innovation Campus in New Delhi, these include the Center for Knowledge Societies, the Bihar Innovation Lab (BIL), the Adianta School for Leadership and the Startup Tunnel (STun). Through the Vihara Innovation Network, Sood has most recently been involved in setting up MAMPU’s network of Innovation Labs across Indonesia. He is also currently collaborating with the Social Innovation Exchange towards a Summer School in India in 2015. On weekends he can be found making sculpture, brewing beer and trekking with his wife and young sons. He tweets from @adityadevsood

Namrata Mehta is Director Innovation at the Center for Knowledge Societies where she has worked closely on employing a systematic approach to innovating service delivery in healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, e-commerce, energy and governance. Since March 2014, Namrata has led efforts to conceptualize and build the CivicLabs as part of the Vihara Innovation Network. Through efforts at CivicLabs in collaboration with Pulse Lab Jakarta, Namrata is currently working on developing solutions for data driven local decision making for maternal healthcare in Lombok, Indonesia. Prior to her work at CKS, Namrata developed games as a research tool for policy makers in the agricultural and urban infrastructure sector, at the Center for the Study of Science, Technology and Policy. Namrata has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, and a postgraduate diploma in Experimental Media Arts from the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology. She tweets at @littlenemrut.

Innovation in the Public Interest, Design Public Conclave, Delhi, 14th March 2014
Governance Hackathon, with Startup Weekend, Delhi, 11th-13th Apr 2014
Expert Workshop on Waste Management, Delhi, 15th Apr 2014
Democracy 2.0, Pecha Kucha Night, Delhi, 17th May 2014
Towards a Civic Innovation Lab, Published in Delhi, 29th May 2014
PSI Labs Gathering, Mars Lab, Toronto, Canada, 31st May – 2nd Jun 2014
Meeting with GovLab, New York, USA, 2nd Sept 2014
Open Data Camp, with DataMeet, Delhi, 15th Nov 2014
Presentation at Data4Policy, UNDP, Bali, Indonesia, 27th Nov 2014
Digital Product Development Module, at Adianta School, Delhi, 7th Jan – 22nd Feb 2015
Prototyping Data Driven Local Decision Making, with UNDP Pulse Lab, Lombok, Indonesia, 8th Feb – 13th Mar 2015
Open Data and Civic Entrepreneurship, Dialogue with NIC, Delhi, 7th April 2015l
Social Design Jam, Sankalp Forum, Delhi, 8th April 2015
Next Stop: Participation City! SIX Summer School 2015, with Social Innovation Exchange, Delhi, 4-6th Nov 2015

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