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Last date to apply extended till 30th June 2019
A ‘Tech for Good’ platform that aims to drive technology led innovation for the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) population.
NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum (NSIF) is a ‘Tech for Good’ platform that aims to drive technology led innovation for the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) population, by developing solutions to address gaps in key developmental areas and foster inclusive growth.
Owing to the pervasive nature of Information Communication Technology (ICT), its application is being seen across all sectors to provide valuable solutions to problems of social development – to build more effective processes, better products and tools. It is this potential of ‘technology for good’ that NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum aims to capture.
Earlier known as the NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours, the program was instituted by NASSCOM Foundation in 2008, and has attracted more than 1,000 innovative projects from NGOs, corporate, social enterprises, government bodies, PSUs, students and individuals. Access to clean drinking water for several hundred thousand, saving hundreds of baby girls, giving access to financial services, empowering women and children alike, and bridging market gaps for farmers are some of the award winning projects in NASSCOM Foundation’s network.
Last Date to apply: 15th June 2019
Official Partner for NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum
Through the advent of technology, Internet penetration and increased adoption of smart devices, the way students learn has started changing. Technology has played a key role in disrupting the education sector and will continue to shape it by offering better accessibility, distribution and
formats of educational content delivery. It is only through technology that we can solve the three core issues of the education sector—access to quality education, effective learning and personalization—at scale. The use of technologies to enhance educational outcomes and promote
social inclusion in education has also been one of the main goals driven by the India Government. The ‘NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum – Mphasis Education category will invite applications from innovators that have created tech solutions in the area of Education.
Solutions include but are not limited to:
India is home to over 60 million persons with disability. With lack of Government support, access to assistive technologies and expensive treatments, disability has remained a largely unaddressed social challenge. ICT is now being widely adopted to provide affordable, scalable solutions in the area of assistive technologies, making the world we live in more inclusive for Persons with Disabilities (PwD’s).
Solutions include but are not limited to:
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. With over 70% of the population located in rural settings and living below the poverty line, the availability of quality healthcare remains a struggle for a majority of India’s population. Over the years, the inordinate potential of ICT has been leveraged in digitizing the delivery of healthcare
to the masses.
Solutions include but are not limited to:
A collective conscience and economic model is resurgent across the world with respect to natural resources and climate change. India will be at the forefront to ‘Beat the Plastic Pollution’ as the host of the World Environment Day in 2018. Its global leadership in fostering high growth and capacity in indigenous renewable energy production is evident from India’s power programme target of having 175 GW of green energy sources by 2022, in accordance with COP21 Paris accords. Our entrepreneurs have undertaken reduction of emissions across channels seriously. They have built bottom-up collaborations with governing bodies/corporates for amplifying environmental efforts and confronting traditional silos. They have unlocked their best practices innovations and integrated them with the hyper-connected world to bring forth viable tech solutions.
A staggering 41% of India’s population remains unbanked, with over 60% of that residing in rural areas. Institutional research and empirical studies show the main reasons for such drastic figures are –limited access financial institution/financial opportunities, financial illiteracy, high interest and lending rates -all of which not only hinder financial inclusion but also drive the rural population to borrow from informal moneylenders and intermediaries at exorbitant rates, only exacerbating their financial difficulties. With the rise of Information Communication Technologies (ICT), new and innovative solutions have limited the barriers associated with financial inclusion. ICT’s has enabled the creation of micro lending latforms, financial literacy applications and many more.
Solutions in this category include but not limited to:
India is home to a multitude of social challenges. With over 70% of the population living under the poverty line, the country suffers from many battles that the struggle of poverty brings. As with every developing nation and economy India struggles with issues such as child labour, women’s
empowerment, human trafficking, governance, citizen rights and many more. NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum will identify the innovative use of ICT to solve any socially relevant challenges that may exist within the Indian context.
Solutions include but not limited to:
The NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum views these social causes as critically important and needs addressing. It is therefore an open category for ICT led innovations that solve any large-scale social problem that is hindering inclusive development of the country, and NSIF will help to support these to scale and grow.
Please note that the winner in this category will not receive any grant, but will receive mentoring/access to workshops as deemed fit by the Jury & NSIF Management.
Read through the rules and regulations to apply.
Choose the type of applicant you are. NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum invites applications from different stakeholders/ types of applicants -
The NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum will invite applications from:
Not for Profit Organization -
An ICT led innovation by a registered NGO which helped achieve social development, or aided a community. An NGO can be registered as a Charitable Trust, under Society Registration Act or under Section 25 of Indian Company Act.
For Profits and Social Enterprises -
An ICT innovation by a for-profit enterprise whose entire business is linked to social development. To be classified as a Social Enterprise for the purpose of the Forum, the annual turnover of the organization must not exceed Rs. 10 Crores.
After choosing which type of applicant you are. Please ensure you check and meet the eligibility criteria for the same.
Choose the thematic category in which your innovations fits. There are six thematic categories the Forum will be focusing on.
To apply for the Forum, you need an online account.
Using their online account, applicants need to provide necessary details under Form A for further screening.
On the completion of Form A screening, selected applicants will be invited to fill in a more detailed form.
Eligible applications (combined Form A and B) will be screened by our initial Jury comprising of experts from corporates, not-for-profits and academia. The Jury will select three finalists from each thematic category. The selected applicants will be intimated for project validation.
Our validation partners and representatives will meet the finalists at their project locations and/or set up calls to verify and validate their projects.
The finalists will be then invited to present their innovations to the Grand Jury comprising of eminent industry leaders.
Selected projects in the Social Enterprise, Not for Profit and Student category will undergo mentoring and attend online and face to face capacity building workshops. These projects will be selected by the Initial jury panel based on their potential to scale and create impact. Projects selected from this cohort will receive grants to help their projects scale and grow.
A calendar for mentoring will be shared with the selected projects.
The winners will be invited at the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum and will be honoured at the inaugural session by the Chief Guest.
Get to know more about NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum through Frequently Asked Questions
Please ensure you check and meet the eligibility criteria for participation in the forum
Read through the Rules and Regulations before you apply for participation in the forum