Anugreh: Designing assistive technologies in New Delhi
Anugreh founded HYBRID IDEAS, the first design company for assistive technology in India to provide products that assist the specially-abled. According to The World Bank, India alone has 40 to 80 million persons with disabilities who also face lower rates of literacy, less access to jobs, and widespread social stigma.
Currently, his team is developing 8 projects for different groups of people including those with deafness, visual impairments, and autism. One branch of HYBRID IDEAS is Hybrid Labs, a dedicated workspace where students can learn and practice design thinking in order to contribute their skills towards developing assistive technology.
One technology under development is an app for marking wheel-chair friendly places across the city. Another project is SheVend, a GPS-enabled vending machine with sanitary products for women.
To date, Anugreh has taught over 500 students about assistive technologies, and in the future aims to train more young people while removing the social stigma in India for differently-abled people.