• Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition. — Freeman Thomas
  • I believe that quality level is determined primarily by the actual design of the product itself, not by quality control in the production process. — Hideo Sugiura
  • The details are not the details. They make the design. — Charles Eames
  • Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. — Steve Jobs
  • Once the product's task is known, design the interface first; then implement to the interface design. — Jef Raskin

IoT Unplugged:Basic Hands-on Workshop (25-26 Jul 2015)


IEDF Introduction

Design is the seed corn for industrial development. Ideas may remain as ideas if not for design that realizes their true potential. Design brings ideas to fruition and puts products into the hands of consumers.

Indian Engineering Design Forum (IEDF) has been established to encourage innovation in engineeering design for the Indian context. It is a platform that facilitates young and experienced engineers to connect, collaborate and innovate. Being committed to education, the forum gives due importance to career growth and self-development. Polytechnic students, engineering undergraduates and working professionals will benefit directly from the forum's activities. The forum's advisory board of experienced and eminent engineers will offer technical and career guidance.

This website showcases design trends, news and events from around the world. It includes directories of engineering colleges, societies and regulatory bodies. The forum's blog will be supplemented by an e-newsletter to be distributed periodically.

Memberships is free for all. So, what are you waiting for? Register and get connected now.

IEDF Verticals

The forum's activities span a broad range of verticals:

Electrical & Electronics
Green Energy
Industrial Equipment
IT & Computing
Process Industries
White Goods

Events for August 2015

Posted in Lectures & Workshops

11th India Innovation Summit

August 6-7, 2015
ITC Royal Gardenia, Bangalore
The theme of the 11th edition is "Realizing the National Dream -- Scaling Local Innovation". The theme of 11th India Innovation Summit is driven by the recent changes in the Indian political ecosystem and the shift in priorities for broader participation in the economic growth across different sectors in India.

MobileSparks 2015

August 7-8, 2015
MLR Convention Centre, Bangalore
Bringing together mobile's most forward thinking innovators.

Wearable Tech and Smart Textiles Meetup

August 8, 2015
Alpha Labs JP Nagar, Bangalore
At this meetup, we will take a closer look at wearable tech and smart textiles, and some of the available tools, materials, platforms and best practices that can help with rapid prototyping in these areas.

MAD: Makers Against Drought

Posted in Design Competitions/Festivals

Do you miss water as much as we do? The California water crisis is causing an enormous drought in agriculture, jobs and revenue. That's why Samsung is hosting Makers Against Drought, a $100,000 challenge to makers who want to help solve the California water crisis with good technology and good ideas.

The Internet of Things can change the world, and we're offering our new ARTIK platform to help. As part of your solution, ARTIK has the power and flexibility to collect data at all scales of water consumption for new insights. Learn more!

Makers Against Drought is about building, and the competition happens in two stages. In the Challenge Building Period, makers submit their best solutions using ARTIK. Finalists will be selected to complete their solution in the Finalist Building Period, leading up to the Grand Prize.


  • Website
  • Submission Deadline: Sep 2, 2015
  • Grand Prize: $90,000

2015 IEEE COMSOC Student Competition

Posted in Design Competitions/Festivals

So how do you want to change the world? Join the 2015 IEEE ComSoc Student Competition!

Demonstrate a unique solution to a real-world problem by using engineering, technology, science, computing, and leadership skills to benefit your community or the world. Show how you can change the world by improving people's lives and making a positive impact on humanity.

To qualify for the competition, you must be a Student Member or Graduate Student Member of the IEEE Communications Society. Non-Student Members can participate as "Advisors." Or form a team with either Student Members or Non-Student Members that is led by a Student Member. In this competition, students play the main role in developing the project, while higher grade senior members, if included on a team, are considered mentors or advisors. The age requirement is 18+ years. 


  • Website
  • Submission deadline: 15th August

Rethinking the Internet of Things: A Scalable Approach to Connecting Everything

Posted in Recommended Reading

Book Review

Authors: Francis daCosta
Publisher: Apress Media. 2013.

Reviewer: Arvind Padmanabhan

There are few books out there that introduce IoT purely from the perspective of architecture. Perhaps this is because most are following the path laid out by IP, in particular, IPv6. This book by Francis daCosta is a welcome departure. The author dares to propose an alternative to IP. He argues that IP was designed to solve problems that are quite different from those IoT devices face. He proposes an alternative. He explains the motivations for his choice of technologies without boring the reader with mathematics or deep technical jargon.