ADI presents the 10th

Pune Design Festival
26-27 Feb 2016
Hyatt Regency, Pune
Limited Seats
Designers From
around the world
engage, interact and have fun.
Have Fun
make new connections
think, do, participate.
new point of views
of design & beyond

Autodesk Design Swarm

by Autodesk
26th Feb
9pm – 2am


Design for India

Automotive Workshop
22 & 23 Feb


Heritage Walk

24th Feb
7.30 am-10.30am
by Sarvasva


Open House

24th Feb
Visits to Design Studios and Companies



25 & 26 Feb 2016
Exhibition Grounds, Symbiosis Institute of Design


10th Pune Design Festival

26th and 27th February, 2016 | Hyatt Regency, Pune


Book your seats before its too late.
Student Passes and Early Bird discounts till 27th of January.


Celebrate the exponential power of design thinking. 

Design has the power to transform the world. Designers, today, are agents of social change as well as leaders in finding solutions for humanity. They are serving in a far more challenging but ‘urgently needed, greatly expanded and socially more responsible’ role in the world today by creating communications, products and experiences that impact quality of living. The power to create – form, process or product has the power to transform cultures, enhance education values, cultivate communities and build a nation. From urban planning of cities and towns, to a product in the healthcare field, design is intersecting our lives on a daily basis.

Design thinking is a state of mind that runs laterally across a business and forges a path towards a sustainable future. If business is to be successful then the adoption of design thinking is necessary and should be part of that business’s culture. Good design connects when something looks good, works correctly and feels right, inducing love and loyalty that directly benefits the bottom line. This is the power of Design. The ‘Powers of Ten’, a design film by Charles and Ray Eames is a wonderful reminder of one of the most important principles in design—reframing the question.

In the tenth year of Pune Design Festival, we look at the way the power of design can be raised exponentially, and where it can take us. Join us as we decode the premise of the present and the promise of the future.




Highlights of PDF 2016

Focused sessions on design & entrepreneurship, design in business, design & academia and Late Prof MP Ranjan memorial session will be some of the highlights this year. Understanding what a Smart City actually means and how can designers play a significant role in shaping the future of our cities and development, will be one of the sessions.

Lectures, workshops and insights by designers, design thinkers & evangelists from diverse domains, discussions, one-on-ones, networking and cultural exchange – 10thPune Design Festival will help create, collaborate and celebrate good design.

The 10th Pune Design Festival will be an opportunity to reach out & network with Design Professional, Design Academicians, Technology experts, Progressive Thinkers from diverse domains, Corporate Leaders, Innovators and Students of Design & Engineering.


The Festival runs through 26th and 27th of February 2016. 2 days of exciting talks, workshops and connections. Lots in Store!

26th Feb

Day 1
Day 1
26 Feb 2016


The Opening Act

We begin the festival with a reinterpretation of music and design by E Suresh and Rajat Dholakia in their own inimitable style. Suresh with his strong design background and Rajat with years of experience of working with sound design would put forward a fresh perspective. Prepare for a surprise.
E Suresh
Rajat Dholakia (Juku)

Keynote Session

Talk 1 – Curiosity + Empathy =  Mindful Design  – Uday Dandavate (Sonicrim) Talk 2 – The Nature of Things – Mickey McManus (Maya Design / Autodesk)   Talk 1 – Curiosity...
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Uday Dandavate
Mickey McManus

Network Break

Designtrepreneur – Business Impact through Design

How does the transition from design to a scalable business work? Can design as a creative profession be perceived to be scalable? Delve deeper into the minds of two individuals...
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Sandeep Mukherjee
Arvind Panwar

Lunch & Network Break

The Billion Dollar Panel

This session aims to bring out some insights from the journey of an entrepreneur towards a scalable enterprise and how design can play a key role there.  Some of the...
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Anil Paranjape
Krishna Depura
Prashanth Prakash
Niladri Mukherjee

Network Break

1 Minute Design Pitch

New Ideas – See design students make a one minute pitch of their design ideas. 9 Students have been given the chance from numerous entries to take the stage.

Parallel Sessions

Choose Between 3 Sessions : Future of Experience Design  |  Connecting Cultures Through Design  | Future of Learning Things – Trends Affecting Design Related Education   1 Future of Experience Design...
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Dinesh Korjan
Dr. Soumyajit Ghoshal
Dhimant Panchal
Kaiwan Mehta
Claudio Moderini
Aparajita Barai
Abhijit Thosar
Amitabh Pandey
Sunand Bhattacharya

Network Break

ISDI – Jazz Night

The Jazz Night brought to us by ISDI Parsons, Mumbai. Enjoy the Jazz by Rahula and band. A perfect Jazz evening with Jazz, wine, design conversations and loads of fun!

Autodesk Design Swarm

Autodesk Design Swarm – Overnight Workshop (Friday 26th Feb, 21.30 – Saturday 02:30) by Surya Vanka  (Authentic), Sunand Bhattacharya (Autodesk), Mickey McManus (Autodesk) Theme – Designing for a better world – Cradle to Cradle Topics – Ageing, Healthcare, Energy, Mobility ,...
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Surya Vanka
Mickey McManus
Sunand Bhattacharya

27th feb

Day 2
Day 1
27 Feb 2016


CraftsWiki By  Shivani Dhar & Sumiran
Sumiran Pandya
Shivani Dhar

ADI – Honorary Fellowship

Honorary Speaker  + Q/A : Prof S Balaram, D J Academy, Coimbatore
Singanapalli Balaram

Network Break

Prof M P Ranjan Memorial Lecture

MPR Memorial Lecture : Swati Ramanathan (Janaagraha) Q/ A & Discussion :  Suresh Venkat / Uday Dandavate (Sonicrim)
Uday Dandavate
Swati Ramanathan

Indian Design Everywhere

Speaker : Bikram Mitra (Trampoline), Mihir Shah ( UE Life Sciences ), Pratap Bose (Tata Motors) Session Discussion & Q/A : Suresh Venkat
Bikram Mittra
Pratap Bose
Mihir Shah

Lunch & Networking

Pitch | Nominated Students

1 min Pitch ( 3 slides each ) 9 Nominated Students – 3 Halls

3 Parallel Workshops

Workshop Session 1 (CoCreation | Autonomous Driving) : Uday Dandavate (SonicRim) Workshop Session 2 (Connect Craft) : Sandeep Sangaru Workshop Session 3 (Theatre As Communication Medium) : Sudhanwa Deshpande  
Uday Dandavate
Sudhanva Deshpande
Sandeep Sangaru

Tea Break

Changing Narratives

Speaker : Murtaza Danish Husaini (The Hoshruba Repertory)
Danish Husain

Closing Keynote

Speaker : Prasoon Pandey (Corcoise Films) Q/A: Suresh Venkat
Prasoon Pandey

ADI Autodesk – Battle Of Projects Awards

Over the years, the ADI PDF ‘Battle of Design Project’ award has become one of the most coveted awards for students of Design in India. Entries are evaluated by a...
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PDF 2015 - Watch the Talks

Get a glimpse of whats in store at the Festival. Watch videos from the 9th Pune Design Festival

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Whats it Like

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The BallRoom, Hyatt Regency, Nagar Road, Pune 411014 INDIA


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Pune Chapter
Event Organisers & Curators

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