We partnered with Facebook to run innovation workshops for startups across 3 cities helping them make their products more transparent & give users better control over their data. Workshops were attended by participants from companies like Flipkart, Phonepe, ClearTax, Zerodha and more.
Policy & Legal partners
Data Protection features, such as privacy statements and consent requests, are often an after-thought and plugged into cater to compliance. But these features are essential for building trust & confidence with users. The challenge is product managers & designers don’t understand compliance, best practices and policymakers/advisors don’t understand product design and looking at a solution through the eye of users, thereby working in silos.We use
Design Jams to bring product managers, designers, policy advisors and data regulators together to solve real-world design problems. Through hands-on prototyping, they come to understand the realities of designing for transparency, trust and control. They develop concrete solutions that can be implemented in their projects.
India is at the stage where discussions around “Data Privacy” are restricted to savvy techies and policy enthusiasts. In a country of over a billion people and millions of first-time internet users, this isn't a pretty picture. The project vision is to help create awareness around “Privacy by Design” among product makers and help policymakers understand how to develop solutions that can be compliant, privacy focussed, yet pleasing and easy to use.
In 2019, we hosted 4 Design Jams across India in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi. Each event was akin to 8 design sprints happening in parallel! Hours of research, meticulous planning and loads of passion made sure each event was a success and acted as a catalyst to change the purview of design in adopting a holistic view on designing for trust, transparency and control. During these jams, it was great working together with the startups, think-tanks and research organisations.
The best part about Design Jams is, like a Design Sprint we have tangible solutions in the form of interactive prototypes at the end. Teams surprised us with what they could create in a day. Here are bits of prototypes they created during the jams:
“It’s amazing to see how a diverse group of people can in a single day go from deeply understanding a problem to creating prototype solutions that can really change the world.”
- Dan Hayden, Data Strategist at Facebook
“The mindset with which we have been developing products for the first 100 million users might not be necessarily used for developing products for the remaining 900 million users in India. So that is essentially why we need to re-think our product design principles and how technology would impact these people.”
- Dharmesh BA, Head at D91 labs
- Sameer Bhiwani, Vice President - Design & Customer Experience at Scripbox
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