ABOUT ME

Things that I say about myself

I am an engineer evolved into a designer. An experiential designer by practise and an entrepreneur by passion. I design crafted experiences inspired by the unarticulated needs of people & brands. My combined understanding of design, technology and business is what helps me create value for your business and your clients.

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Awards & Achievements

Things that makes me who I am

MTS Innovatsii
Russia

1st Place - Indo-Russian Design Innovation Challenge 2014

Greenopia - Internet powered Urban Farming

Greenopia is an internet powered Urban Farming concept that has won the first prize in the Indo-Russian Design Innovation Challenge 2014 (MTS Innovatsii 2014). The prize includes a fully sponsored educational trip to Moscow, Russia in February 2015 and an opportunity to present in the Indo-Russian Innovation Summit in Moscow.

IUI 2014
Israel

ACM Grant to present in IUI Conference 2014 in Israel

Presented 'Meemo' in Intelligent User Interface Conference, Israel

Was the only masters student to present in the doctoral consortium of ACM Intelligent User Interface Conference 2014 in Haifa, Israel in February 2014. Presented a short paper on my internship design project 'Meemo'

IxDA SDC 13
Canada

First RunnerUp- IxDA Global Student Design Challenge '13

Sponsored trip to Toronto to present in IxDA Interaction 13

Spacify, a futuristic play concept was one of the five finalist student projects and also the first runner up in the final challenge as part of IxDA Interaction 13 Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Entrepreneur
@age 13

Founded my first company at age 13

Serial Entrepreneur who started his first company at age 13

Tech Track Technologies Pvt Ltd is the first company that I founded at age of 13 (8th grade school). I assembled and sold customised personal computers successfully for 3 years to schools, colleges, banks and individuals. Later co-founded 2 other internet startups.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

The places that made me learn

Jun 2014 -
Present

Experiential Design Architect - Intern

GroupM Media Pvt Ltd, Bangalore

Hired on a special task to setup and lead the design innovation labs for one of its preferred technology partner Crossworks Pvt Ltd. Have been instrumental in design and development of innovative media properties for ITC, JWT, Wipro and others.

2012 to
2014

National Institute of Design (NID)

Masters in New Media Design (2012-2014)

Studied Masters in New Media Design in National Institute of Design(NID), Gandhinagar, India. Subjects include: Media Theory, Interaction Design, Ethnography research, Experience design, New media art, Physical computing etc. Also specialised in Wearable design and Interactive Installations through self-interest projects

Apr 2013 - Jul 2013

Research Associate - Design

Wearable Labs (Social Body Lab), OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

Interned under the most respected Wearable Designer Prof.Kate Hartman in OCAD University's wearable labs for a couple of months in 2013, where I developed project Meemo, in collaboration with fellow-designer Devyani Jain

Sep 2009 -
Mar 2012

UX Designer at CDG, Infosys

Entered design laterally from Education & Research Department

Started working as a Research Associate in Education & Research department in Infosys. Was instrumental in designing video coursework for Infosys and through that project moved full time to Design. Have worked on Interface development & Information architecture for large scale ERP softwares and Mobile Applications of AON, Kellogs, Hallmark etc.

GET IN TOUCH

Please feel free if you would like to have a chat.

CONTACT DETAILS

Koramangala, Bangalore, India

+91 974 199 2909

manihk@gmail.com

www.mani-hk.com

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