Onio helps Team Finland to map emerging opportunities in India 
Megatrend studies are gaining ground as a new business tool to map emerging social trends, consumption cues and business opportunities globally. Onio's megatrend practice has been usually tilted towards cultural and consumption insights for India. However, this year we successfully delivered a workshop focusing on mapping the business opportunities using megatrends.

This was a part of broader engagement with Team Finland on megatrend consulting. Participants included the Finnish embassy staff, the team from innovation counsellor's office and a few Finnish companies in India and the ambassador to India from Finland, himself. Workshop was conducted by Onio's Founder director and Principal Strategist- Manoj Kothari, in Onio's trademark 'gamified' style, that makes interaction and new synthesis a bit more engaging and fun.
Helping Startups at SLP (Startup Leadership Program) 
This was second year of Onio's association with SLP (Startup Leadership Program) where Manoj Kothari was invited to speak to the fresh batch of startups on 'designing the enterprise'. SLP is a global initiatives spread across several cities, where startups come together to upgrade themselves in business skills.

This batch of Pune chapter had varied startups ranging from dental services, child care services, social media and enterprise software to robotics. Some of the common concerns Manoj addressed were-
a) How to create better entry barriers in a service business?
b) what are the hall marks of a globally appreciated visual identity?
c) how to retain knowledge within the company with existing resources?
d) How to productise a service?
e) How to create investor friendly and smashing presentations?

Onio has been working with startups since long.
Announcing: INSIGHT INDIA 2012: NOV 23rd, Mumbai 

It has been a while!

Insight India, the megatrends & strategy conference is back. Our long time partner Style Vision and Onio is getting together again to organise Insight India 2012.

Insight India 2012 is an interactive conference to understand the megatrends and their impact on innovation strategy for India.

Megatrends study is increasingly becoming a tool of choice for organisations around the world, to chart out future strategy. Megatrends are the emergent changes in the society that are going to affect everything we do in our daily lives. MegaTrends are paradigm-shifting changes operating at the intersection of cultural, social, economic, political, technological, regulatory and market forces.

(File image of participants at previous Insight India at Delhi)

What are the key take-aways of this workshop?

Understanding this science of time 'megatrends' can help:
•evolve a better direction for product innovation
•bring fresh and original insipirations in the design
•understanding the emerging consumers
•understand employees better. Helps your recruit better.
•align the brand and the brand message to the changing times
•bring refreshing change in the service quality

Participants will get an exclusive summary of all presentations.

Learning from the other or parallel industries is an important part of megatrends.You get to network with cross-industry participants who are equally interested in understanding future and new methodologies.

When: 23rd Nov 2012
Where: Melhua The Fern Hotel, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai

Who Should Attend:
Business heads, Business Strategists, Product Planners, Designers, Entrepreneurs, Design researchers, Market researchers and Brand Managers

In the past, participants have been from wide ranging industries and institutions, including Volkswagen, Samsung, LG, Tata Motors, Tanishque, Symrise, Steelcase, Future Group, Godrej, Titan Watches, Unilever, ITC, P&G, Nokia, Financial Times, WeSchool, IIT Mumbai, NIFT Delhi, Copenhagen Institute of Future Studies & HPCL.

MORE: Brochure, Schedule, Speakers and Registration is at
Innovation and Co-creation at Onio 
Onio deploys several cutting-edge methods to elicit insights for innovation, beyond simple data analysis. Co-creation is one of the ways to engage the stake-holders (including the management, manufacturers, marketeers and most importantly- the users) into the process of problem solving and idea creation.
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The Higher Order Thinking lab- Experience Design by Onio 
MEPL (Mind Edutainment Pvt. Ltd.) is a recently funded start-up, based in Delhi, working in the field of Education Methods. The visionery founders, Sangeeta and Ashutosh Khurana, devised an award winning program using board-games to develop Cognitive, Emotional and Social Thinking Skills amongst school children of Pre-Primary to Grade VIII. This is called The Higher Order Thinking program.

MEPL approached Onio Design Pvt. Ltd. to design a classroom that facilitates the Thinking Skills Enhancement in a structured manner. The ‘brand experience’ design within the classroom, also required several product- innovations
in the props and the furniture. Onio designed and delivered the ready to use class-room systems in several locations across India in a period of two months.

Onio achieved the following:
1. A detailed taskflow of teachers’ and students’
2. Identification of critical props and furniture was done and mobilising supplier network for quick delivery across India
3. Semiotically reinforcing the brand through graphics and products Brand-thinking using graphics and the space design was enhanced by creative engineering and innovative

Some of the highlights of the assignments were-

1. Cohesive Visual Experience- To make sure that more than 50 uniquely designed elements (products as well as
graphics) come together to create a cohesive visual experience.

2. Quick conversion- To respect the stringent and challenging timelines, the process of conceptualization to installation was made extremely fast and 4 installations
at different locations in India was done in a
record time of 1 month!

3. Repeatability- As the labs would be spread at various schools in the country,which will have different geographies and dimensions, our design team made sure that the scheme caters to this variability using a good mix of standardized and customized components.

4. Sturdiness- This was the toughest test for the design and engineering team since the lab and each component had to be used by hundreds of young students (KG to VIII)! All
the components were designed, manufactured and installed, keeping this in mind.


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