Top 10 Finalists of Digital Innovation Challenge

22 Dec 2015

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In a move to encourage innovations from various parts of the country, Department of Science and Technology, in collaboration with Intel launched the Innovate for Digital India Challenge. This endeavor saw the partnership and support of MyGov. This challenge which is being anchored by IIM Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), tasked participants to think out of the box.

The IFDI Challenge received 1913 entries from across the length and breadth of India which aimed at developing breakthrough solutions for India, and in turn provide easy and effective technology in the hands of every citizen. The Challenge aims to encourage the creation of intuitive, easy-to-use solutions that can increase access to critical services imperative for development. The challenge was open to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, and innovators.

Now in its third stage, the challenge has identified its Top 10 finalists from an extremely talented and competitive Top 20 teams. These Top 20 teams received rigorous mentorship sessions for 12 weeks in Pune, wherein they successfully developed their MVPs (Minimum Viable Products) on Intel® Architecture (IA). The Top 20  finalists also received mentorship sessions from industry stalwarts like Hasit Kaji – Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Tata Consultancy Services; Kiran Karnik – Ex-President, NASSCOM;  Aruna Jayanti – Chief Executive Officer, Vikas Jain – ‎Co-Founder, Micromax Informatics Limited; Mr. Gaurav Dwivedi, CEO, MyGov; Debjani Ghosh – Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group, Managing Director, Intel South Asia; H.K. Mittal – Adviser, Member Secretary, National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board and R Chandrashekar, President NASSCOM. The Top 20 teams put their ideas to vote on the MyGov platform besides being evaluated by an eminent jury. The top 10 teams were then selected through a combination of a jury evaluation and MyGov voting.

The jury evaluated the teams on the basis of the idea’s ability to solve a key problem for citizens, delivering value to citizens, market opportunity, scalability of product/business, entry barrier/competition/uniqueness of idea and potential traction in terms of revenue, users and customers. It tasked the participants with the creation of intuitive, easy-to-use solutions that can increase access to critical services.

In the coming few weeks, the Top 10  teams will receive development grants of Rs. 5 lakhs per team and will also interact with design houses along with receiving access to Intel India Maker Lab in Bangalore without undergoing a selection process. The innovations by these Top 10 finalists span across fields of Environment, Analytics, Cloud, Mobility, Healthcare etc. These prototypes aim at simplifying solutions across these industries for better access and availability of such services across the country.

This stage will be followed by the fourth phase where participating teams will receive additional mentoring by industry players and a field immersion experience with select companies. Up to 3 participating teams will be identified after due diligence for providing access to equity investment.

Our shortlisted participants and excerpts from their idea summaries are listed below:

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  • Gaurav Mittal_19 - 7 years ago

    Govt shuld not impose/announce new scheme before updating their asests such as Digital India, since it imposed all the work like transaction/new account/FD/MIS are disturbd in post offices in Ghaziabad due to internet connectivity problem. Long queues, time waste, Perambulate 3-4 times for one work, how it becomes DIGITAL INDIA. No action on complaint? All the works are pending. Public are upset.

  • Rajibakumar Sahoo - 7 years ago

    Many many congratulations

  • Rajkumar Sharma_19 - 7 years ago

    आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री जी सरकारी बैंक मुद्रा लोन देने में मना करते है कहते है कोटा खत्म हो गया क्या ये सही है