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Dhairya Dand

Motivational Speaker Dhairya Dand
  • Young Global Innovator, Designer & Futurist pushing radical thinking and new ways.
  • Creator of innovative products such as shoes that tickle, ice-cubes showing how much you drink displayed at exhibitions world-wide.
  • Listed in Forbes '30 under 30 in 2015', an INK Fellow, a WIRED Innovation Fellow & Globe's 'Top 25 Innovators'.
  • Keynote Speaker at major International Tech & Innovation Conferences & Trade Fairs including TEDx Hamburg, 72andSunny (LA) , Second Home (London), INK Talks, Contagious Future Flash (Toronto) & WIRED.
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Dhairya Dand

Motivational Speaker Dhairya Dand
  • Young Global Innovator, Designer & Futurist pushing radical thinking and new ways.
  • Creator of innovative products such as shoes that tickle, ice-cubes showing how much you drink displayed at exhibitions world-wide.
  • Listed in Forbes ’30 under 30 in 2015′, an INK Fellow, a WIRED Innovation Fellow & Globe’s ‘Top 25 Innovators’.
  • Keynote Speaker at major International Tech & Innovation Conferences & Trade Fairs including TEDx Hamburg, 72andSunny (LA) , Second Home (London), INK Talks, Contagious Future Flash (Toronto) & WIRED.

Dhairya Dand is the Principal at oDD (a futurist factory) in Seattle and teaches studio-focused graduate courses at the Art Institute of Seattle. Previously he was a researcher at the MIT Media Lab in Boston and prior to that he was an amateur geologist in Saudi Arabia, a sensorial researcher in Tokyo, a toy designer in Phnom Penh, activist and researcher in Singapore, social-political entrepreneur/researcher in Bombay. 

Dand’s work investigates the human body as a medium for computation, new materials as a tool to embody interactions and design as a vehicle for mindfulness.  His work is situated in the belief that human well-being in an increasingly computational world can be achieved at the intersection of thoughtful design, innovative engineering and radical paradigms. He has created shoes that tickle, a malleable elastic display screen, ice-cubes that know how much you drink, and toys made from electronic waste materials. Dand is particularly interested in the development of ‘whimsical wearable devices.’

His work has been exhibited at various places around the world including the V&A, MIT Museum, Singapore Arts House; his research published at academic conferences including CHI, TEI, UIST; and has been written and interviewed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, CNN, BBC, ABC, Forbes Magazine, NPR, Discovery among others.

He was part of the Forbes 30 under 30 list 2015, ELLE’s 15 names to know in 2015, was named as the first WIRED Innovation fellow ‘innovators who will change our world’ and an INK Fellow in 2014, part of Globe’s ‘Top 25 Innovators’ list, the Smithsonian’s National Design Award. 

He has managed to live, work and study in Seattle, Cambridge, New York, London, Ad-Dammam, Tokyo, Phnom Penh, Singapore and Bombay and wishes to continue this cross-cultural wandering.

Speaking

Dhairya’s impressive background, innovative ideas and a proven ability on the main stage mean he is in demand as a conference speaker. Despite his relatively young age he has already given keynotes at major international technology and innovation forums including;  TEDx Hamburg, 72andSunny Los Angeles , Second Home London, INK Talks, Contagious Future Flash Toronto & WIRED London.

Keynote Topics

Maker Movement

Superhumans

Sensorial Interfaces / Senses as the next frontier of computing

Future Computers / Interfaces

Selfish Inventions

Creativity and Making through daily experiences.

Biography

Client Testimonials

“Dhairya is a brilliant and entertaining natural storyteller who makes an audience the full potential of design and creative thinking. When we worked with him for the WIRED conference, he electrified the room."

“Dhairya delivered an inspiring presentation on “Sensorium” at the 2015 ICA FutureFlash Conference. His speech was thought provoking, entertaining and enlightening!”

Client Testimonials

“Dhairya is a brilliant and entertaining natural storyteller who makes an audience the full potential of design and creative thinking. When we worked with him for the WIRED conference, he electrified the room."

“Dhairya delivered an inspiring presentation on “Sensorium” at the 2015 ICA FutureFlash Conference. His speech was thought provoking, entertaining and enlightening!”

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