Shaastra 2017, IIT Madras, Summit, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 31st December 2016 - 3rd January 2017

  • Category: Summit
  • Start Date: 31st December 2016
  • End Date: 3rd January 2017
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Shaastra 2017


India's largest student-run festival, Shaastra is back this year with a variety of events, workshops, professional shows, lectures and after the grand success of the Makers Summit, this year we bring you The International Accessibility Summit.

Accessibility is about removing barriers be it, physical environments, public spaces, the digital realm, education, employment, technology, transport. 'Disability' is only a matter of perspective.

International Accessibility Summit of Shaastra is going to be an exciting 4-day event which will bring together participants from across the world as they rack their brains and innovate on solutions to drive towards a future where all places are accessible. With the valuable advice from our expert mentors, International Accessibility Summit promises to be an amazing experience.
The Accessibility Summit will hold a Case study competition and a Social enterprise competition, both of which will motivate the participants to address the issue of Accessibility and come up with workable solutions. A whopping amount of Prize money upto ₹ 75,000 is up for grabs.

With an array of lectures, workshops, panel discussion, and exclusive mentoring and networking, International Accessibility Summit promises to be a confluence of leaders who want to bring about a change. Participants will also get to witness India’s first ever Hackathon for the Visually Impaired.

Be it knowledge, experience or a stage that you seek, we provide you the opportunity to showcase your prowess by working with and challenging the best.

Shaastra is set to be held from 31st December, 2016 to 3rd January, 2017.

To register or for more information visit our website - or register by filling the form. Registrations close on 24th November, 2016.


Case Study Competition: The Case Study Competition aims to bring to focus the obstacles with regard to Accessibility in India. Participants will get the opportunity to work on problem statements provided by professional organizations tailored from real-life challenges faced by them. Participants will be required to work in groups with students from different backgrounds. The objective is to analyze the problem, discuss existent models, and present a workable solution.

Social Enterprise Competition: This event is targeted towards students interested in entrepreneurship in the social sector. It will be a chance for innovative individuals to devise a business model intended to improve accessibility in terms of technology, service delivery, legal aid and find methods to implement it making it profitable and practical.

Central Panel Discussion: A panel comprised of professionals, experts in their respective fields such as Policy, NGOs, Engineering, , working in different ways to make the country more accessible, the discussion will bring to light the world standards for inclusivity and how India can match up to them.

Lectures and Workshops: Participants will be exposed to different aspects of the theme of Accessibility through lectures covering topics of policy development and assistive technology. The participants will also take part in a Sensitization workshop to break the social stigma against disability and provide in depth understanding of the topic of inclusion and accessibility. They will also take part in a Web accessibility workshop to understand accessibility of Information technology.

Hackathon for the Visually Impaired: Vision-Aid and Shaastra are training visually impaired students to code. Together, we are running a 3 month course on basic programming in Python. With a dedicated team of highly trained faculty and volunteers from all over the world being a part of this, the course is taught online. The program participants will then come to Shaastra and take part in the Hackathon for the Visually Impaired. We are also conducting a programming workshop for the students of Devnar school for the Blind in December to teach the fundamentals of coding.

Fest Guests

Suranga Nanayakkara, Assistant Professor from the Engineering Product Development Pillar at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
George Abraham, Founder of the SCORE Foundation
Amba Salelkar, Inclusive Planet Centre for Disability Law and Policy
Dipendra Manocha, President of the DAISY Forum of India
Meenu Bhambhani, Global Corporate Social Responsibility at MphasiS, Bangalore
Rama Chari , Founder-director of Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre
Moses Chowdary, Program manager for visually impaired trainings , EnAble India
Sujashree Kurapati, Managing Director at Deque Software Private Limited (India)


Accommodation and food will be provided for a low price over the registrations fees.