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DHive: How a community-driven rural design studio building leaders of tomorrow in remote villages of India


Krishna & Shreyas
Krishna & Shreyas

Imagine a group of young children in a remote place in a rural area. Now, think of them struggling with their families to cope with their daily livelihood. Yes, it’s an extremely difficult situation. However, with the help of the dHive Community Driven Rural Innovation team, they aim to better the lives of these people by enabling design thinking in rural children and youth to develop appropriate technologies using locally available resources. Founded by Mr Krishna Thiruvengadam (Founder) and Mr Shreyas Prakash (Co-Founder), the dHive Rural Innovation Studio project was the winner of the 3M-Young Innovators Challenge in 2017.

Started in 2015, their zeal, devotion and enthusiasm have brought them a long way in creating the perfect community for rural children to engage in and understand their surroundings while trying to solve complex issues with simple ideas. The main reason as to why social intervention initiations for technical solutions by many governmental and non-governmental fail is due to their non-adherence to the local, socio-cultural context of the region. Looking at the state of affairs, the dHive realised there is a compulsory need for technological development in these poor areas and the solution lies among the rural children and youth, but they lack the proper structure to build those ideas on. Hence, dHive aims to provide that platform.

Rural children innovating technologies using local resources
Rural children innovating technologies using local resources

Well, all was not rosy since dHive did face quite a number of persisting difficulties like adjusting to the rural areas, getting rid of preconceived notions and prejudices and convincing the Graham Sabha for a period of 10 months to give them an old unused marriage hall to utilize it for the community lab. It was a tough journey but was worth it in the end! The dHive model focuses on 4 Sustainable development goals. The first goal is to eradicate poverty, the second providing quality education, third is to increase the economic growth with decent work and lastly, the fourth is having industry innovation and infrastructure.

With the grant received from 3M-Young Innovators Challenge 2017, the team expanded the community lab (makerspace) and provide better facilities/infrastructure as well as set up a few more communities in neighbouring areas. They had also gained multiple stakeholders and the awareness of this wonderful project had gradually increased. The dHive community has been a pioneer in instilling free thinking, practical knowledge and technical skills to solve challenges. dHive rural development project had been incredible in terms of what they had achieved, the goodwill received and amount of learning that had been gained and given. The rural children benefit the most from this project as they are given the deserved recognition and not only technical but entrepreneurial/leadership skills at a very young age. The dHive project is thus a success story in the making with its enormous impact on our society


To get in touch with the dHive Team, please CLICK HERE.


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