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Needlab Story

EST 2018


Needlab is an not for profit design research organization aimed at solving sustainability issues for communities using human-centred design strategies. We stand by the motto for the people, by the people, of the people and we believe design is responsible for making lives better. With the ideology of “think global, act locally”, we focus on unveiling new ways of creating a dialogue between local materials, social customs, cultural heritage, and the environment.



Impact projects for community development.


Impact Highlights

Find out what Needlab is up to these days. 


UN-HABITAT Interview

UN- Habitat interviewed Sameera Chukkapalli, Founder of Needlab at the Smart City Expo 2017 in Barcelona, this Interview is about the new urban Agenda and the SDG.



Barcelona Design week 2018

Needlab was invited by BCD Barcelona Centre de Disseny to design the Barcelona design week 2018 exhibition pavilion. Our proposal displayed the skills of the local community. The pavilion was built using natural and recycled materials sourced from Barcelona, Spain. The aim was to allow the visitors to experience the museum interactively, and to make them question their consumption habits.



Barcelona Design Summit 2018

At the Barcelona Design summit 2018,  Needlab founder Sameera Chukkapalli gave a lecture on how design can bring dignity to communities.  She showed how Needlab projects focus on improving the local economy, protecting the environment, and sharing new skills with locals.

Needlab thanks BCD Barcelona Centre de Disseny for hosting the summit, and for the invitation to raise awareness on issues related to sustainability. 


B_Project, BHUTAN

we proved it again that technology can be used to make a difference. Needlab team along with FabLab Bhutan team installing hives in Bhutan. We as a team integrated well into the community because of the warm open-armed welcome we received. We worked with the beekeeping community for days conducting workshops and learning their way of beekeeping and these hives will give us feedback in few months to indicate us the next steps of the project. This is the beauty of using innovation for social benefit, we are reaching the grass roots of the community directly. Giving them access to the most advanced methodologies, redefining the supply chain. 



Honoured and Humbled to discuss the importance of Human-Centered Design and Social Impact projects with the Hon'ble Prime Minister of BhutanTshering TobgayNeedlab is extremely thankful for your support, we have been highly motivated by our discussion and will continue to work hard at making a difference. 



GES-2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

The United States of America and the Republic of India hosted the Global Entrepreneurship Summit with the theme "Women First, Prosperity for All". Honorable Prime Minister of India Narendra modi and adviser to the US President Ivanka Trump headlined the Summit.

Needlab was selected and invited to attend the GES conference, the team discussed collaborations with the decision makers of two of the largest democratic countries in the World. 


Responsive Cities Symposium

The Responsive Cities Symposium / Active Public Space is organized as part of the Active Public Space (APS) project, by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Needlab project "Growing bamboo" was selected and exhibited during the international symposium. 



100 students, 10 days, age group - 10 to 44 coming from 7 countries, what has been collectively achieved over these 10 days is unimaginable. The mentors shared importance to "learn how to learn". 
An initiative to encourage hands-on education and problem-solving, based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  Sameera, founder of Needlab shared the importance of sustainable design, following the UN SDG. Thank you, Maker's Asylum for inviting Needlab to mentor at the STEAM SCHOOL. 


TECH 2017- UNESCO conference

Mentored 100 students who created 19 working prototypes targeted to solve UN Sustainable Development Goals in 10 days. we presented the projects they created at the TECH 2017- UNESCO conference, with hope of spreading the potential in barrier free learning, learning by doing and peer to peer learning. Many we interacted with at the conference were astonished by the work accomplished in 10 days. We hope this does not stop here, we hope the 100 will spread this with another 100 and those with many more.


SDG wheel_Needlab

United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda.

Needlab pledges to join forces with the United Nations to achieve the Sustainable development goals. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.



Collaborative Organisations and Institutes.  

Organisations who support us and stand by us in achieving our goals all over the world. Well, you can call them our backbone. 

Collaborative organisations needlab