It’s been a busy few weeks for team Padmini since we returned from India. As you have seen from our previous blog posts, we had an amazing time in Gurgaon and Delhi: we accomplished a lot for the project, met many wonderful people, and experienced both work and fun in India.
Our boss from Padmini took some time after our visit to India to review all the preliminary deliverables. After a long and productive discussion, we have narrowed down the research to one specific product/industry area. We have focused on elements of a market entry strategy for localized cooling products. These products cool only a part of the room that is being used (e.g. bed), which helps the consumer save 60%+ on energy costs. The technology could also be applied to confined outside spaces like bus stops. It is an interesting shift for our client from valves, actuators, and sensors, but it surprisingly fits with their existing area of expertise. In the engine, the sensors read temperature and pressure, and feed data to a processing unit, which controls fluid and air flow; all these capabilities are required for the cooling products that we envision. The client wanted us to outline some product specifics, as well as to think about what the consumer would look like, the price, the placement etc. Our project has always been very open ended and creative, and it is exciting to see that it evolved in such an unexpected way.
In addition, the class portion of India/China Lab is wrapping up as well. Last week we had a poster session for all the projects. It was really fun and interesting to tell our classmates and prospective students about our project and also to see how much our classmates have accomplished in only a semester. It was also really nice to meet the Chinese IMBA students and hear their perspectives on MIT Sloan, action learning, etc, especially since we did not have student counterparts in India Lab.
Overall, we had a great time in India Lab and we miss our hosts and our project already. We feel that we have accomplished what we set out to do in the beginning, which is to contribute in a significant way, to learn and experiment, and to have lots of fun!