Ankit Daftery

BOM / BLR , IN ยท

I build devices and experiences for a living and also for fun. I love to take things apart and can almost put them back together.

I try to use hardware, software and data creatively to provide experiences that enrich and tools that empower people. I love building fun, quirky electronic projects that evoke joy.

I believe in empowering people to build for themselves.

I enjoy reading sci-fi and keep trying to find ways to make sonic screwdrivers and glowing orbs.

A simpler, richer, colorful world captures my imagination like nothing else.


Senior Device Engineer

PhonePe Pvt Ltd

Building merchant solutions [ QR Codes, Devices, Integrations ] for great payment experiences offline

Mar 2016 - Present

Product Engineer

Ola Cabs (ANI Technologies Pvt Ltd)

Led hardware initiatives to enhance customer experience and service reliability in cabs

Mar 2015 - Mar 2016

Interaction Designer

Arduino India Pvt Ltd

Building community, experiences, content, workshops and providing support around Arduino

Oct 2013 - Dec 2014


mediaLab Amsterdam

Designed and brought together interative public installation projects in Amsterdam for HvA

Oct 2012 - Aug 2013

Student Developer - Google Summer of Code

Komodo Openlab Inc.

Enabling control of desktop computers with Tecla Switch for the upper-body mobility impaired

May 2012 - Aug 2012

Student Developer - Google Summer of Code


Built tests and documentation for libboost.numpy, a library to provide python style numpy interfaces in C++

May 2011 - Aug 2011



Built a tool to visualise kernel trace data

May 2011 - Jul 2011


A selected body of work

PhonePe POS

The PhonePe POS is a Point-of-Sale device to receive payments in small retail stores easily. It allows customers to make proximity payments over BLE, without needing Internet infrastructure at the store.

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Interactive Big Red Internet Button

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Breathing Mood Lamp

One Lamp To Rule Them All

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Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) Mumbai

Bachelor of Technology - Electronics Engineering
2008 - 2012