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.
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.
Sensorial Interfaces / Senses as the next frontier of computing
Future Computers / Interfaces
Creativity and Making through daily experiences.