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· 8th edition of the challenge witnessed participation from over 1500 young innovators across India

· Focus on ideas reshaping society with science and sustainable solutions, with the ability to deliver a positive impact

Bengaluru, NFAPost: 3M India has announced the winners of the eighth edition of the prestigious 3M-CII Young Innovators Challenge Awards at the CII Innovation Summit 2021, in Bengaluru.

With an aim to support young innovators in reshaping society with science and sustainable solutions, the theme for this year’s challenge was “Ideas that inspire hope for a resurgent India”. The challenge received entries including tech solutions offering affordable digital classrooms, hearing impaired friendly learning platform, clean biomass-burning stove and innovative products for cancer survivors among many others.

The 3M-CII Young Innovators Challenge Awards Program has been recognizing and encouraging youth-led innovations since its inception in 2015 that have demonstrated potential to bring about a sustainable impact in our society. Young Innovators Challenge has awarded more than 40 young innovators giving rise to 5000+ ideas for impact during the last eight editions.

This year the jury has selected two winners under – Product Innovation category, one winner under Service Innovation category and two under the Rural & Inclusive Innovation category. Also, there are two special mention awardees under Product and Service Innovation categories, respectively.

The Challenge intends to examine, identify and encourage innovators whose idea can also contribute towards addressing the sustainable development goals (SDGs) stated by the United Nations. It fosters the creation of a solution/ service that generates unique value to its audience across sectors like health, education, environment and governance.

Applauding the winners, 3M India Managing Director Ramesh Ramadurai said the pandemic has brought a sense of urgency to create an environment that fosters sustainable growth through empowering bold leaders for the future challenges.

“3M in collaboration with CII aims to provide a platform to our young innovators who have demonstrated tremendous potential to create a better world and serve communities,” said Ramesh Ramadurai.

This year the external jury included experts from the technology sector, social innovators as well as members from the corporate world. The entire challenge was conducted virtually. 3M India will offer a seed funding of Rs 3 lakh to each of the winners, and Rs 1.5 lakh to winners of the special recognition prize.

WINNING PROJECTS

Category: PRODUCT INNOVATION

IMPACT PRIZE

Project Title: AKIcare

Participant: Dilip Shankar, Niharika C S

Idea Summary: AKICare is a novel attachment to any traditional urinary catheter system and provides a new tool to detect the onset of impending renal dysfunction by analysing urine in real-time.

IDEA PRIZE

Project Title: BlisCare

Participant: Chinmaya Naik, Nikita Kumari

Idea Summary: BlisCare provides affordable digital classroom solutions for visually impaired students with a Digital Braille Display System (Braille Tablet) that can replicate, in real-time, any text, graphical diagram/map into digital braille.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION- IMPACT

Project Title: Canfem

Participant(s): Akriti Gupta, Vidushi Agnihotri

Idea Summary: – Canfem is a social enterprise that provides products and services, catering to the non-medical needs of cancer warriors with an equal focus on advocacy, mental health and empowerment for a better quality of life.

Category: RURAL & INCLUSIVE INNOVATION

IMPACT PRIZE

Project Title: Smart auto Feeder for Shrimp/ Fish

Participant: V. Sai Naga Lokesh, A N S Manasa

Idea Summary: Smart feeder is an auto feeding machine, which can be used in fish, prawn pond & crab pond. It is scheduled to provide feed based on the sonic sounds produced by prawns when hungry.

IDEA PRIZE

Project Title: Venticook

Participant: Anup Paikaray

Idea Summary: Venticook is a clean biomass-burning stove that uses a treadle mechanism (like a sewing machine) to provide a cleaner and more efficient alternative to the conventional biomass cooking stove.

Category: SERVICE INNOVATION

IMPACT PRIZE

Project Title: Learn and Empower

Participant: Prabodh Mahajan, Amanpreet Chopra, Krishna Samudrala

Idea Summary: India’s first hearing impaired-friendly, digital, games-based AI-enabled, teaching-learning platform.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION- IDEA

Project Title: Solar Powered Lift Irrigation

Participant(s): Nishit Sangomla, Lobzang Wangtak

Idea Summary: This idea leverages existing, tested technology solutions in the remote regions of Himalaya (i.e. Zanskar, Ladakh), to provide local communities access to water and energy and with support to livelihoods.

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