Anirudh Sharma is the MIT Technology Review 35 under 35 Innovator, Forbes 30 under 30, Awardee, and the Founder of Graviky Labs. His company Graviky, is addressing the air-pollution problem by treating it as a waste-management problem and developing novel materials and leading industry-shift around them.
He loves problem-solving and builds novel technology which has a large social-economic-protest impact and narratives. He uses Augmented/ Mixed Reality, art, cybernetics, wearables, and materials to create new impactful concepts, that question the conventional way of solving problems.
After having spent multiple years at MIT his passion for design-led innovation brought him back to India, where he led the MIT Media Lab India Initiative with the goal of remodeling and perpetuating self-organized design-led innovation into the country’s grassroots.
Prior to the MIT Media Lab, his past venture Ducere, made athletic tracking wearable computers embedded within shoes (First ever wearable tech startup in India, 2009). The shoe was started as a navigation aid for the visually impaired.
Before that, worked at Imagin Group, at Hewlett Packard Labs, an intuitive multimodal speech+ touch based CAD interface for large displays. The prototype ‘MozArt’ is a permanent installation at HP Innovation Center at Zurich and Dubai.
Anirudh loves magic. In other universe, he’s probably undergoing an apprenticeship with some sorcerer.
Selected Talks, Podcasts, Awards
TED, Toronto, 2018: inks from air pollution; Podcast: Mining unnatural resources, 2018: Kickstarter HQ, New York; TED India, 2017: Star Plus ; INK Fellows 2015: Smart shoes, and Augmented Rulers; Tiger AIR-INK: Hong Kong; Cannes Innovation Festival- Gold Lion, Cannes, France, 2017; Winner, D&AD Graphite Pencil Award for Creativity and Innovation for AIR-INK; Shell. ‘Make the Future’ Award 2017 (Most disruptive impact startup in India); Foreign Policy 100 Global Thinkers Award, Washington DC 2016; Panel, Sankalp Forum, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi 2015; MIT TR35 ‘ India-Innovator of the Year’ 2011, 35 Innovators under 35; ‘Top Achievement Award’ by Industrial Design Center IIT Delhi Design Degree Show; 2011 Google Summer of Code 2009 and 2010 scholarship to lead open source NUIGroup and Mozilla projects
Creativity, Technology, Invention
Keynote, The Goa Project 2015; Aspen Ideas Festival 2013, UIST 2014, St. Andrews, Scotland; INK Conference, Kochi 2014;
Policy and Govt.
Sankalp Global Summit 2015, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi 2015; US Foreign Policy: Global Thinkers Panel, 2016, Washington DC; Confederation of Indian Industry(CII), Innovation Panel 2015; CES 2014;
Indian Institute of Science/IISc Bangalore; Aspen, Colorado; Board of Cricket Control in India(BCCI) 2012. ‘Simple embodied sensors to track sportsmen’; 2012 ‘3D User Interfaces & Technologies’ at National Institute of Design campus, Bangalore; ‘Bits, the eyes and the senses’ at FOSS.in 2010- Organized Prototyping session (45 members); ‘Tangible UI and Multitouch’ at RajasFOSS 2010 ‘Minimalist HCI Interfaces’ at FOSSGN09; Keynote,IIT Bombay, E-Summit 2014;