STEAM School: (Frugal) French-Indian Co-Innovation To Address SDGs
Kudos to Vaibhav Chhabra, Sandrine Maximilien, and Gaell Mainguy for taking the lead in organizing STEAM School 2017 at Maker’s Asylum in Mumbai. Held under the umbrella of Bonjour India 2017–18, this Indo-French partnership programme brought together 100 participants, mainly from India and France, who used rapid-prototyping tools to quickly design and build viable projects to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The STEAM School is a 10 day intensive program that encourages hands-on education and problem-solving (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).
As a French-Indian, I was thrilled to attend the final day of STEAM School on December 15, 2017. I was truly inspired by the energy and creativity of all participants. I was honored to deliver a talk on how French and Indian entrepreneurs can use frugal innovation to co-create cost-effective solutions to “problems without borders” (energy, healthcare, education, food, etc.) that afflict entire humanity.
I was also honored to give completion certificates to few STEAM participants.
When I left India in 1989 as a 19-year teen and then left France in 1995 after my studies in Paris, cooperation between France and India was limited. I dreamed of a day when these two countries would co-create solutions for the entire world. 22 years later, in December 2017, STEAM realized my dream. There is an Indian saying: Ek Aur Ek Gyarah Hote Hain: 1+1 = 11. STEAM is living proof of that synergistic innovation formula!
As a French-American dual citizen, I would love to see American entrepreneurs joining French and Indian peers at STEAM 2018 to co-innovate and co-build a better world!