We are really looking forward to hosting the 8th annual summer school in Mumbai – our first event in India.

We have been lucky enough to visit Mumbai twice to plan this event, and we cant wait to share with you what we have being discovering. From incredible urban farm havens on the rooftops, to trendy new maker communities, we have a found several brilliant case studies for you to learn about and interact with.

The theme, the Connected Urban Life, is perfect for Mumbai – despite being known for its thriving entertainment industry, and as the financial and commercial capital of India, it is increasingly recognised as a hot bed of some of the most exciting urban innovations. With an exploding population, these innovations build on the civic consciousness and social infrastructures of Mumbai’s dense and dynamic neighbourhoods

We have been struck by the contrasts of Mumbai from very high tech to low tech working in perfect harmony, of systems and chaos somehow functioning simultaneously, of informal and formal, and of temporary and permanent. The colour and energy is invigorating, and we are looking forward to you experiencing this special city too.

As usual, the SIX Summer School programme will be a mixture of site visits, talks and discussion. Contributors include Samir Doshi from US Aid, US; Jorge Diaz from the government of Mexico; Carolina Pozo form Quito Innovation Lab, in Ecuador, as well as participants from Foundations, NGOs, companies and academic institutions from Japan to Colombia and everything in between.

In the next few months before the event, we will be posting interesting articles, films and general information in our blog section  to get you in the mood for Mumbai, and for the theme of the event. We will also post all the bios of participants who are attending – as you know, SIX is a community and whilst the city and the content are important to the Summer School, so are the people!

We are really looking to welcome you to Mumbai for 2.5 days of hard work, inspiration, new and old friends, and, of course, great food.

Please don’t hesitate to get in contact if you want to contribute to the event or this blog.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon,

Louise and Eddy