Making India Play - Bring back the child in you!

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by Pooja Rai on Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Session type

Technical level


An interactive session to make people aware about how active play is a necessity not just for kids but for everyone and it has been disappearing with urbanization. Also, discuss different ways to solve this and how Anthill Creations is doing this by mobilizing the communities to build sustainable DIY playscapes.


Anthill Creations aims to bring back play for all age groups by building sustainable playscapes, using contextual designs and localized resources and encouraging community participation. We are a team of 5 architects from IIT Kharagpur and have impacted more than 8500 children across 7 different cities in India and Nepal in the past 2 years. These playgrounds are completely DIY and can be built in just 5 days. Here is our recent coverage in NDTV:

Speaker bio

Pooja Rai is the co-founder & CEO of a social enterprise called Anthill Creations. She is an architecture graduate from IIT Kharagpur. She has also authored a book on women entrepreneurs named “The Road Not Taken” published by IIM Bangalore. She was among the Top 10 women entrepreneurs by Tipping Point (Global Women Network and KarmaCircles initiative). She was the finalist and the only team from India to reach Hult Prize, San Francisco which is a Bill Clinton Initiative for social enterprises. She is also a Jagriti Yatra Fellow and program leader at Startup Leadership Program.

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