Making recommendation systems in apartment management platforms visible to domestic help

Facilitated by: Dr. Naveen L. Bagalkot & Venkat Chilikuri
Collaborator: Mahima Chandak, MDes Year 1
Time: January to February 2019
Duration: 5 weeks

In the second Semester I took the Probing Service, Systems and Infrastructure studio to critically explore apartment management platforms like MyGate, Apna Complex and Apartment Adda to look at the power structures and inequalities that they facilitated. My project partner, Mahima and I chose to then look at how this affects the lives of domestic help in these apartments and how, as designers, we could make these systems (like rating, review, attendance) visible to them. We used research through design as a methodology in this studio.

Read the three part blog about the project on

Role of fathers-to-be in pregnancy care

Facilitated by: Dr. Naveen L. Bagalkot & the HCPC Research Team
Project Partner: Maya Health
Location: Channapatna, Karnataka
Time: September to October 2018
Duration: 7 weeks

This project was based in Channapatna, a semi-urban area around 70km away from the city of Bengaluru. As part of my first Research Practice I did a literature and state-of-the-art review, conducted interviews to understand what role do men play in pregnancy care and what design of technology enables this.
In the Self-Directed Inquiry that followed I engaged in critical making to explore the role that fathers-to-be could play in pregnancy care by creating a board game which could double app as a counselling tool to be used by Health Navigators.

Read the draft CHI Late Breaking Work submission – click here.

Collective speculations of menstrual health management with rural youth at Hunarghar, Rajasthan

Facilitated by: Dr. Naveen L. Bagalkot & Laxmi Murthy
Collaborator: Prashansa Rakesh, MDes Year 2
Time: August to September 2018
Duration: 2 weeks

The Future of Interaction Design was a 2 week workshop where we explored participatory approaches to designing the future. Along with participants from rural Rajasthan (boys and girls between 16-18 years), under the guidance of Laxmi Murthy, a design mentor who works at Jatansanstha we investigated the social, cultural and political aspects of menstrual health practices in two nearby villages and used critical/speculative making as a tool to respond to these findings.

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The Resistance Ep. 222 – Speculative Design Fiction

Facilitated by: Dr. Naveen L. Bagalkot
Time: July to August 2018
Duration: 5 weeks

Speculative Design Fiction was a 5 week studio where we explored how we can re-imagine a story (a myth, folk tale or any fiction) and use it as an inspiration to produce a techno-centric speculative design fiction. I worked with Mimi Mondal’s story The Trees of My Youth Grew Tall as my inspiration to create a story that looks at a dystopian future where surveillance and identification technologies have been taken to their extreme and how it affects the lives of immigrant labour populations in a city.

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Mapping an Appreciative Inquiry of Community Health in Madeena Chowk, Channapatna

Facilitated by: Dr. Naveen L. Bagalkot
Time: March to April 2019
Duration: 6 weeks

As part of my second Research Practice unit I decided to continue with the context of pregnancy care in Channapatna. But this time I focused on traditional practices and using Oral History as a methodology to capture this. Given the context and aspects of my identity as a researcher (male, unmarried, young) I faced many obstacles in being able to engage productively with grandmothers in Madeena Chowk (an area dominated by Muslim population) to understand the past practices and beliefs.

In the Self Directed Inquiry that followed I tried using Appreciative Inquiry as a method to explore future possibilities with a particular focus on reviving community-oriented primary care.

The project report is work-in-progress. Happy to have a one-on-one conversation to share my learnings and research artefacts.