You can be a Polymath - Innovation through Multidisciplinary Thinking

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by Anindo Ghosh on Saturday, January 4, 2014

Section
Fringe

Session type
Lecture

Technical level
Intermediate

Objective

The world needs polymaths - people who have the skills to approach a problem without the blinkers of a narrow set of skills, but with a multidisciplinary approach. The modern renaissance man, tomorrow's Leonardo Da Vinci.

The world, however, suppresses the polymath: The education system, conventional career governance and corporate rewards & recognition strongly promote specialization and conformance - Everyone must fit a pigeonhole, to make evaluation and management simple, and innovation be damned!

This session promotes the concept that a multidisciplinary approach will produce the answers to the most interesting problems in technology and in society - True opportunity for innovation today lies between the cracks, not in the nice, conformist cubbyholes of specialization.

The presenter believes, and will prove via interaction with the participants, that inside many of us lies dormant a polymath, bullied into a corner by convention and the "system", cowering silently, but desperate to break out.

This session is not for technologists alone, though they are more than welcome - This session is for people from any walk of life who suspect that they have inside them innovation waiting to happen

The speaker has credentials in a diverse range of disciplines spanning electronics design, photography, project management, CAD, corporate governance, product engineering, software development, public speaking, and teaching. It is hoped that this will significantly enhance the experience for every participant, and inspire at least a few to unleash the polymath that lies dormant within them.

Description

The world needs polymaths - and you can be one

True opportunity for innovation today lies between the cracks

To substantiate this concept, some practical case studies will be presented:

  • An upcoming crowd-funded project for an inexpensive electronic device for the deaf-blind to supplement or supplant the traditional white cane
  • A recent patent published by the presenter for an industrial scale ultrasonic cavitation reactor
  • A photographic project, to capture for posterity a vignette of an urban habitat that is about to change for ever

In the final segment of this interactive session, the participants will be presented with two interesting problems and will be invited to think beyond individual disciplines towards innovation: Power sources for the next generation of mobile devices, and noise pollution mitigation. Some lively, possibly heated, debate is envisaged for this phase.

Requirements

Nothing but an open mind, and a willingness to break out of one's comfort zone and formally learnt skill areas.

Speaker bio

http://in.linkedin.com/pub/anindo-ghosh/6/3a1/a82

The speaker has credentials in a diverse range of disciplines spanning electronics design, photography, project management, CAD, corporate governance, product engineering, software development, public speaking, and teaching. It is hoped that this will significantly enhance the experience for every participant, and inspire at least a few to unleash the polymath that lies dormant within them.