Images: 1: A product display at the Exhibition at Ahmedabad Design Week; 2. Harsh Sanghvi, Minister of State for Home Affairs interacting with startups at the exhibition. 3. Startups showcasing their products.
Ahmedabad, March 1, 2022: The Ahmedabad Design Week (ADW) 3.0 organised by Karnavati University saw 30 defence-sector start-ups pitching in their business plans to the investors at the three-day design conference: ‘Design and Innovation in Defence and Aerospace’.
Defence-sector start-ups at various stages pitched their ideas and innovations in various defence-related applications, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), drones, aeromodelling, surveillance and high-temperature firefighting applications, among various others. The presentations were attended by investors from GVFL, GCCI, CII and other industry experts.
The design convention was organised by Karnavati University, in association with Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat, and DRDO, Government of Gujarat and DA Group.
Kedar Nimkar, Head of Design, Jupiter, who delivered a detailed presentation titled ‘Back to Design for Everyone’, for budding designers and innovators.
Satish Gokhale, Head of Product Design, Design Directions, showcased his latest product, a water drone. The device is a battery-powered self-propelled Life Buoy/ water drone — which will be demonstrated at the upcoming Defence Expo in Gandhinagar on March 10 and tested at the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad.
The panel discussion on ‘Design Technology Innovation - A merger to intensify design for defence’ saw insightful discussions by renowned panelists like Amit Krishn Gulati, an award-winning industrial designer, entrepreneur and educator; Prof. Dhiraj Kumar, Director at National Institute of Design (NID), Bhopal; Satish Gokhale, Head of Product Design, Design Directions; Dr Sushil Chandra, Scientist 'G', INMAS, DRDO; and Rahul Dutta, an NID alumnus who uses ‘art, design and technology to change perception of our reality’.
Hailing the young designers and innovators at ADW 3.0, Mr. Harsh Sanghvi, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Gujarat, said: Drone technology is one of the most sought-after sectors in defence and has a lot of scope. I have seen many ideas today at ADW that can be developed for the safety and security of our Gujarat and the country.”
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