We at Better By Design want to make a nation of creators and builders. We want to forge a community of people who are curious and proactive, people who are passionate about creating things, people who are coming up with innovative ways of improving their own lives and the lives of those around them.
As we looked deeper, we realized that the culture of innovation and the belief that one can transform this world needs to be inculcated from a young age.
Reflecting on our own middle school and high school experiences, we realized that a conventional education approach teaches children to be followers rather than explorers. In today's rapidly changing world, technological innovation is transforming how people work, live and play, and it is no longer good enough to give children readymade directions.
We believe that education must extend beyond ‘good test results’. We, as educators, need to help students understand and engage with the world around them with compassion, curiosity and confidence so they become citizens who add value to society.
And so, TMOT brings to you “Better By Design”.
At its foundation, our goal is to imbibe skills such as creative confidence, logical thinking and human centric thinking in children that will empower them to be disruptive leaders and innovators rather than passive followers.
The design-thinking approach has been pioneered by Stanford's D-School. We combine it with training in fabrication as practiced in MIT's FabLabs to create a two-for-one course on design thinking and fabrication.
Through the course, students are taken through incredible activities that engage them to think and invent. As they work in teams, they develop an open mind towards accepting multiple perspectives and, very importantly, gets them to respect each other as equals by appreciating each one's unique strengths.
While technology is an integral part, our focus is on letting children explore whichever direction they find interest in and ultimately be able to transform the world around them.
If you have any questions or simply want to say hi, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at +91 9963551854
Soumeet thinks up of lofty (mostly larger than life) ways for Better By Design to make an impact. When not dreaming of seemingly unreachable goals, he is in charge of design decisions and communicating TMOT's ideas and work to the rest of the world.
He is an Architect by qualification (B'arch, CSIIT) and through his proprietary firm has since ventured into Contemporary Furniture design and landscape design. His work usually has the unique characteristic of drawing a users attention to engage with it while still being subtle in appearance (link to his work).
Having dabbled in architecture, product design, animation, dance choreography, film making, cartooning, poetry and music composition he brings in influences from various such streams to help build a cohesive creative experience for the users of TMOT. His biggest strength could be his ability to infect everyone he meets with his own excitement towards good design.
Krishna looks at product development and management at TMOT, his biggest strength is in getting people excited about an idea and bringing them together to accomplish extraordinary things.
He graduated from University of Toronto in 2011 and worked in Canada for 2 years, where he was exposed to both the corporate and the startup world (IBM and a startup called Eat Sleep Ride). He then came to India to do his own startup. During his journey, he was lucky to work with clients like A.R Rahman, ISB and a few entrepreneurs (link to his work).
From the past two year, he has been working on affordable desktop manufacturing tools that help bring ideas to life. His 3D printer was set up at the children's museum in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Neha takes care of Marketing at BBD.
She's an alum of INSEAD (MBA) and Shri Ram College of Commerce (BCom Hons).
Passionate about using data and technology to reach customers effectively, she spent most of her professional life at Google. Besides eating really good free food while she was there, she comes with expertise in the space of digital marketing, customer experience and project management. Some of other companies she worked for include AB In Bev, YouTube and Star News.
As a big fan of TED talks, she helped plan, organize and execute the first ever TEDxINSEAD while she was pursuing her MBA.
Her sense of humour and positive energy are her biggest strengths and more often than not, you’ll find her laughing away with someone on the team. Having been bitten by the travel bug, you’ll probably find her visiting a new city, a new country or a new continent every few months.
Favourite Quote: “Teeth Are Always In Style” - Dr Seuss
Nithya handles the curriculum for Better By Design, and tests her curriculum on all Better By Design, young and old, that she meets.
She graduated from IIT Bombay in 2010 with a degree in Engineering Physics. She then worked as a science writer and editor, before ending up in rural Andhra, teaching government school children science, economics, music and dance, sometimes all at the same time.
Her Financial Literacy curriculum for the Agastya International Foundation has been deployed in government schools in four states. She recently completed a project teaching math and science through dance and music to rural government school students. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcGBqTAch3Q)
She believes that all learning should be play and considers it a personal failing if students seem anything less than excited to attend her classes.