4th year in a series, ‘3M-CII Young Innovators Challenge Awards’ were proud to felicitate the winning ideas of 2017 at the 13th Innovation Summit, organized by CII in Bangalore on July 13th, 2017. Six breakthrough innovations were selected of 345 ideas submitted, based on the strength of their concept & innovation, potential to create impact and viability to grow into a sustainable action.
Congratulating the winners, the Managing Director of 3M India, Ms. Debarati Sen said “A great idea which brings about a huge difference to the society can emerge from anywhere in the world and thus we believe it is to be identified, nurtured and fueled well. We strongly believe platforms such as 3M-CII Innovators Challenge will offer an opportunity and level-playing field for young minds to present their ideas amidst people who can support them to execute it.” (reported by B4 U Media: http://www.b4umedia.in/?p=93774).
MEET THE 6 WINNERS OF 2017 Young Innovators Challenge Awards
WINNER – Project – Greenvillips Vintage: The innovation deals with utilizing industrial waste (crude glycerol) for production of Nanocellulose and its aerogels, for air purification technology.
RUNNER UP – Project – USR: Universal Strip Reader (USR) is a smartphone-assisted Point of Care diagnostic and screening device. It facilitates multiple diagnostic and screening tests with a single device within minutes at half of the current cost.
DISRUPTIVE SERVICE CATEGORY:-
WINNER – Project – Khetmajoor- A unique startup to promote exotic rural tourism in India by incorporating attraction and adventure around nature and Indian farming community. Exotic factor aims to include rural tourism, farm stays, health tourism, sports tourism, jungle/hills stay, roadside/riverside stays, heritage tourism etc.
RUNNER UP – Project – Spice marketing enterprise in a village – Women from the Halpati tribal community (a marginalized tribal group) living in a remote village of Surat district – have started a spice making and marketing enterprise that has helped create economic benefits for the local families engaged in the process.
TRANSFORMATIVE INNOVATION CATEGORY:-
WINNER – Project – Mimaansa – they work towards capacity building of municipal schools to better accommodate students with ‘Learning Disability (LD)’ in the mainstream classroom, i.e. inclusive education. Program includes early detection and remediation for students with LD along with Art Based Counseling Program for students and Teacher Training Program for municipal school teachers.
RUNNER UP – Project – dHive: Rural Innovation Studio – They enable rural children and youth in developing appropriate technologies using locally available resources. The studio, located in a tribal village Lobhi of Maharashtra, is a platform where local issues are solved locally, by inculcating design thinking and problem solving skills through a participatory approach.
SPECIAL AWARDEE: Youngest Innovators in the series until now!!
Project – empoWer – The program aims at teaching English to the female support staff members in schools. The teaching material is borrowed from Step Up For India, an esteemed organisation working towards education of children.
Congratulations to all the winners! And Kudos to all the finalists, semi-finalists and participants for their outstanding innovations that has great potential for creating a better tomorrow for India. 3M & CII take great pride in associating themselves with the bright youth of this country!