— Delhi & Bangalore

Quicksand is a multi-disciplinary innovation consultancy that partners with organizations to think about the future of human experiences, seeking inspiration from the every- day lives of people.

The diverse team brings expertise in design, research, business and technology forming the basis for multi-disciplinary approaches to innovation and design thinking. Quicksand represents the Indian face of a global movement on design thinking— a new approach to create solutions that are sensitive to the end user while driving business and social impact. This is made possible through their expertise in learning from the field— distilling meaning from the lives of people, communities and cultures – and sifting this knowledge through the lens of business, technology and design. Clients that they have worked with include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Cisco, Google, Samsung, Path, UNDP, Coca Cola, IDEO etc.

Ayush Chauhan co-founded Quicksand in 2005. Ayush received his engineering and business degrees from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and did a brief stint in brand & product management in the corporate sector before starting his journey as an entrepreneur. He has since led the studio on projects with global corporations & foundations on subjects as varied as water and sanitation, technology convergence, internet, education and healthcare. Ayush was nominated by the Asia Society as part of Asia’s Young Leaders Summit in Kuala Lumpur in 2009. He has been invited by the Gates Foundation to be on the jury for Grand Challenges Exploration, a platform to foster innovation in global health and development and currently serves on the board of Design Impact, a US based non-profit that works closely with the design and social sector to incubate and implement new, life-improving solutions.