NASSCOM Foundation, the social development arm of NASSCOM announced the winners of the NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours 2014 edition today. This is the sixth year of the Honours and over these years the Foundation has given many social innovators a platform to showcase and scale their initiatives.
NASSCOM Foundation endeavors to promote technology based social innovations that work towards solving some of the most pression social challenges that our country faces. The Honours have been supported by Industry leader Genpact, since its inception.
This year the NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours received astounding responses with over 300 final applications from all parts of the country. This year finalists consists of i-Mobile Labs, Far-eye – last mile delivery of products, Cloud-based proprietary Health Management Information Systems, Centralised Online Real-time Electronic PDS and others that are geared to provide services, strengthen processes, and creating lasting solutions for the end beneficiaries in India.
The Grand jury members that selected the winners were Mr. S. Ramadorai – Vice Chairman Tata Consultancy Services Limited, Mr. Jaithirth Rao – Chairman of Value Budget Housing Development Corporate of India Pvt. Ltd, Ms. Kalpana Morparia – Chief Executive Officer J. P. Morgan India, Padamshree Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala – IIT Madras and Ms. Valsa Nair – Additional Metropolitan Commissioner MMRDA.
The winners of the sixth edition of the Honours span innovations across the fields of, governance, healthcare, education and citizen services.
Commenting on this occasion Ms. Rita Soni, CEO NASSCOM Foundation said, “India has many social problems and to solve these endemic issues, we require innovation and active participation from people across the country, across all sectors. The thought behind the Honours is that technology has the ability to bring forth social change in a way that no other tool can. The NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours not only recognize these ideas and projects but bring them to a platform where they can collaborate with the nation’s most innovative and inclusive industry. I congratulate all the winners and hope that they will continue to bring about a positive change in India through their innovations”.
“Information and Communication Technology fosters growth in emerging economies as it creates an enabling eco system that not only produces entrepreneurs but also drives inclusion.” said Mr. Mohit Thukral, Senior Vice President Genpact. “The innovations around ICT open up avenues for large scale, sustainable development. We congratulate the winners of NSIH 2014 on their commendable work using ICT to transform citizen participation, health care delivery, education solutions, e-governance and financial inclusion.”
Apart from the recognition that comes with the awards, the Honours provide social innovators and entrepreneurs with exposure to the entrepreneurial ecosystem through mentoring, exposure to potential investments and other opportunities of engagement.
This year, for the first time, a special Jury’s Choice Cash Award is being given at the Honours.
List of Winners:
Award Category : ICT led Social Innovation by a Government Body
iSARITA, Department of Registration and Stamps, Pune, Maharashtra: Integrated Stamp and Registration Information Technology : iSARITA is a web based centralised system which helps in streamlining the process for both the department and the citizens. Citizens can now find information on property transactions and registrations easily and can also use the online public data entry tool to enter their data themselves.
Centralised Online Real-time Electronic PDS (COREPDS), Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Government of Chhattisgarh : COREPDS empowers the beneficiary by offering a right to choose FPS of her liking. Beneficiaries in COREPDS have been allowed to take their ration from any FPS by authenticating themselves by any one of the multiple instruments allowed such as Smart Ration Cards, Rastriya Swastha Beema Yojana, One Time Pin. The project has empowered the end beneficiary thereby reducing exploitation. The healthy competition improves quality of service amongst the shops.
Award Category : ICT led Social Innovation by a Corporate (CSR)
DataHalli BPO, JSW Foundation : With a core focus on marginalized and exploited women this initiative aims to provide means of employment to women from the 21 villages that surround the JSW Steel plant in Vijayanagar. Working at the BPM centre provides rural women with a sense of pride and dignity while giving them a source of income. The centre also trains the community in skills such as data entry and typing etc.
Award Category : ICT led Social Innovation by a Corporate (Responsible Business)
Jaipur Rugs Company Pvt. Ltd. : The organization has deployed ICT to streamline the production process starting from yarn production to delivery of products, generating employment for 40,000 grassroots level people. Technology is used to create designs for the carpets; villages are linked using Virtual Private Networks and uses technology to monitor, maintain a quality check, date recording and analysis.
Paperless Automated Testing, EduLabs Solutions (Certificate of appreciation): Edulabs advanced cloud based solution for paperless tests is served over web or android devices. The paperless testing solution provides analytical tools and ease of delivery. The solution has the capability of saving upto 48 Lakh trees per year.
Award Category : ICT led Social Innovation by a Social Enterprise
Competency Based Experiential Learning Solution (CoBELS), Callystro Infotech Pvt. Ltd. : Callystro works towards developing interactive content, completely game and activity based which solves the biggest problem which is the learner engagement. Learners repeatedly like to play games. Hence the solution is capable of holding both the attention and retention of concepts through repeated engagement by the child.
Award Category : ICT led Social Innovation by a ‘Not for Profit’ organization
Technology enabled Rural Primary Healthcare Service Delivery, SughaVazhvu Healthcare : SughaVazhvu’s innovation is a cloud-based proprietary Health Management Information System (HMIS). Other than capturing patient-physician interaction the web-based, open source HMIS has fully functional units for supply chain management, monitoring and evaluation, clinical audit and integration with android based mobile platforms for data integrations. Modules such as human resources management, training management, clinical data analysis and community disease mapping aided by geo-visualization are under development.
Award Category : ICT led Social Innovation by an Individual or Group
Governing Education Management Systems (GEMS), Arpita Gopal and Gauravi Pimpalkhare :
GEMS is an academic institution administrative solution which supports a platform for a connected campus, with processes seamlessly sinuous across departments, constituents and stakeholders. At the user level GEMS provides a familiar experience with easy access to the requisite information. Simple, collaborative and integrated applications across departments and constituents foster speed and streamlining of functions.
Award Category : ICT led Social Innovation by Multi Stakeholder Partnerships
MeeSeva – Issuing of Digitally Signed Government Certificates across the counter, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh & Tata Consultancy Services Limited : The Project brings in a digital PKI enabled integrated architecture to deliver G2C Services in a purely electronic mode (replacing issuing of ink signed paper based manual certificates). Services are classified into two categories: Category “A”: services will be delivered across the counter. Category “B”: services which are Statutory in nature where Notices/Hearings/Field Inspections are required.
Award Category : ICT led Social Innovation Concept by Students
EasyElect, Naveen Kumar, Mandrila Biswas, Prathma Verma, Surabhi Bhatnagar and Raja Biswas, National Institute of Design, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat : Easy Elect is an idea where the polling booth is taken to people rather than the other way round. Easy elect aims to “gamify” the voting process and enhance its perception amongst people. Using the database based on Unique identification protocol using digital authentication systems such as face recognition and finger print scan from Aadhaar card it aims to make voting ‘easy’ through an online process.
Automatic Voting Machine, Mayank Goyal, Krishna Institute of Engineering and Technology, MuradNagar, Uttar Pradesh : The concept of the Automatic Voting Machine aims to solve this problem. The machine will be connected directly to the server in which all the information about the voters and candidates is already stored. This AVM will help to solve the above stated problems in the following manner–Each voter will be able to access AVM only once and the access can be done by finger print or retina scan etc.
Award Category : Jury’s Choice Cash Award
Neurosynaptic conditioned telemedicine technology to work even in extremely poor settings and indigenously developed ReMeDi™ – Remote Medical DIagnostics solution. ReMeDi™ can measure basic physiological parameters like patient’s electrocardiogram, temperature, blood pressure and oxygen saturation, as well as transmit heart and lung sounds in real-time, through electronic stethoscope probe and provide vital information about the patient to a remote doctor for preliminary diagnosis. The medical device uses only 2W of power. The solution also includes video conferencing between doctors and patients which can work at a bandwidth as low as 32 Kbps. A preliminary diagnosis of cardiovascular problems can be carried out using stethoscope, ECG and blood pressure measurement. With images, taken using a normal web camera, doctors can provide eye care, dermatology and ENT services.