Incredible India 02 – Unbox Festival and Royal Enfield

Unbox India

The unbox conference was outstanding – regarding content, formats and quality of speakers. Great job, thanks for that to all those who were involved in organizing the entire thing. It was worth coming.

Let me start with a few things which I found remarkable …

  • why brought they so many Dutch designers in – especially when they are all somehow cover the same scope ?
  • I was wondering why only so little people attended – was it a question of the price (200 USD)?
  • no wifi, no life stream – actually a shame when you really want to “unbox” to a broader audience outside the walls of British Council
  • hopefully they are NOT heading towards a TED-like event with a very closed circle
  • great name
  • Handmade India – a wonderfully designed book,  a tribute to the Indian craftsperson. It’s organized by the geographical distribution of the crafts across all states and regions of the country. Edited by Aditi Ranjan (PDF download link is here)
  • Indrajit Hazra – Indian novelist and journalist. Sharp, disruptive mind – liked him a lot
  • 3D printing: print your own mobile house. A little house, but a house.


These are the three things struck me the most:

Royal Enfield
… the legendary motorcycle manufacturing company from England, now based entirely out of Chennai, southern India. It’s the oldest one in the world. Founded 1905. But this is very much more on a personal level though – I bought one of these wonderful motorbikes – a bright red one. Hopefully delivered soon to downtown;-)

I did an interview with their CEO Venki Padmanabhan where he talks about the story behind Royal Enfield, its culture and its way of community building. They are aiming to become the VESPA in the motorbike world.

They caught me. I used to have an old red Vespa …

The other two things were Wash United, an NGO which suceessfully generates political will and promotes safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for all, and Indy Johar, member of 00:/, a London based strategy & design practice company. Their foundation is delivering outstanding architecture and commissioned research into the built environment.

More on these two soon …