Welcome from the 2 Greenhouse Guardians!

Dear all,

whether you are regular visitors of the Greenhouse or you’ve just joined NYU, and have just found about us, we would like to welcome to the Greenhouse, a collaborative space that stimulates interdisciplinary collaboration, prototyping and innovation. The culture of the Greenhouse aims to nurture seedlings of ideas and bring ideas to life through iteration and experimentation. 

The Greenhouse is a space, it is also a program with many talks, workshops and skill shares. It is also a place where you can find like-minded people, resources, and connections to other schools. This space is hosted, managed and “guarded” by two students every semester. This Fall, our Greenhouse guardians are Yuan Wang and Nikhil  (see below for their bio).You can find one of them every day in the space. Please don’t hesitate to go and ask them questions, or come up with suggestions or an idea for a new workshop or speaker. 

Make sure to follow our blog to know more about our upcoming events.

Looking forward for a great semester!

The Greenhouse team


Note: While we are located in the basement NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, our space and events are open to students from all schools at NYU. 




Yuan photo

Hi, I am Yuan. I am an Electrical Engineer by training. I grew up in China and spent past few years in New Mexico, mainly focus on research in information and coding theory. Yes, the land of enchantment, the land of breaking bad. 

Now I am doing my master in Management of Technology and in the transition to more design driven field. I joined the Greenhouse since last August and learned more than I could imagined during the time working here. Greenhouse is a prototype, but more than that, it is growing and evolving all the time. We see changes along the journey, incremental but significant. 



I am Nikhil, a young professional with a craving passion to innovate. I strive to make difference through creative ideas and effective implementation strategies. I have an interesting history of settling in different places. Raised in Hyderabad (India), Worked in Dubai (UAE), now pursuing my Masters in Management of Technology at NYU Polytechnic School of engineering. 

As a frequent “brainstormer” I cannot find any place better than Greenhouse where one can can sit down, brainstorm and collaborate ideas. It is a great platform for budding entrepreneurs which excites me to work for this space. As a proud guardian of GreenHouse, I am looking forward to be a part of the journey of these young innovators.

Learning about Women For Human Rights’ action in Nepal

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 11.03.05 PMAs part of the Women Safety OpenIDEO challenge, a group of students from Design Tinkering have collaborated with Women for Human Rights, an NGO based in Kathmandu, Nepal on an idea, Community Concierge, which was selected with 4 other ideas to be funded by Amplify.org.

As part of our collaboration with WHR, we have invited Lily Thapa, the founder and director of Women For Rights and an Ashoka Fellow  to come and visit our Design Tinkering team to work on the piloting of our idea.

During her visit, Lily Thapa will give a presentation on the condition of “single women” (or widows) in Nepal and the work WHR is doing to help them speak out and deal with the social and economic barriers that they face.

We are very excited by this wonderful opportunity! Please join us on September 8th, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at NYU School of Engineering.

Please register here

How to Land your First Job?



As we are getting ready to start this new academic year, some of you just joining NYU, others in the middle of their educational journey, others starting their last semester, we know “what’s next?” and employment is part of your thoughts.

Hence, we’d like to share with you this inspiring interview of Dick Bolles, the author of  a famous book What Color is Your Parachute? by Tim Brow, the CEO of IDEO, the international award-winning Design and Innovation Consultancy. This interview was inspired by the OpenIDEO Youth Employment Challenge  (in partnership withClinton Global Initiative) to which the Design Tinkering club is participating .  Here are the key insights shared by Tim Brown:

” Know Yourself

“Education, if it’s doing its job, needs to teach young people three things: they need to learn who they are, how to find the right work, and how to find an appropriate life partner. If colleges were ever to think about how they could help students learn about those three problems, education would be turned on its head.”

Bolles makes a compelling case for the value of self-knowledge. During our short conversation, he shared two stories of readers who told him how much easier their job searches became after they invested in self-exploration. Knowing your own gifts and interests well not only enables you to narrow your focus, it also helps you to understand how your skills might transfer to roles you might not have previously imagined.

Job Hunt in Groups

“I was talking to someone looking for a job and asked, ‘WHY are you doing your job hunt alone?’ I never understand why people don’t work together and help each other… Only by youth talking to other youth can we make a dent in this problem.”

For me, this insight was a real eye opener, but it makes perfect sense. At IDEO, we strongly believe that collaboration leads to great things, so why not apply this same logic to looking for a new job? Making job hunts more social makes them more enjoyable and educational. Job seekers are able to share leads, networks, and advice. They’re able to practice for interviews together and keep each other’s spirits up after setbacks. And once they start landing jobs, the value of their combined networks becomes all the more important. Animals hunt in packs, why shouldn’t we?

Stay Optimistic

“Every job hunt in the world depends on one factor above all else: hope. Instead of always hearing about how intractable the problem [of youth unemployment] is, what if there was a project that collected success stories of people that took charge of their own job hunt and their own life?”

By nature, designers are optimistic. We believe there are solutions to tough problems and that, with the right methodology and collaboration, we can find them. It’s easy to lose your optimism, though, when the odds feel stacked against you. That’s why Bolles’ point is so critical: maintaining hope is an essential ingredient to a successful job search. How might we protect young people’s most important asset—their hope?”

If you want to continue the reflection of employment and what you really want to do, make sure to join us for the Youth Cafes a series organized by the Greenhouse in collaboration with the Design Tinkering club. We will soon post our upcoming Youth Cafes for the fall.

Enjoy the last few days before school is officially starting again.

Looking forward to seeing you all,

The Greenhouse team


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