NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours 2013 - Finalists

Category: Government Body

  1. mother

    'MOTHER' (Mobile based Maternal Health Awareness)
    Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Hyderabad

    Non-availability of timely and personalized critical health information on pregnancy and childcare, to women and their family members, leading to high Infant and Maternal Mortality Rate continues to be a problem. Read More..

    C-DAC, Hyderabad developed the 'MOTHER' tool to capitalize the mobile phone's core utility of 'voice calls' among illiterate community. The developed tool schedules and sends customized/personalized health alerts as voice calls in regional language (currently in Telugu), directly to the mobile phones of the pregnant and lactating mother. Registered beneficiaries receive customized/personalized voice alerts and advices based on their health records, particularly on high risks during pregnancy, immunization, nutrition and also health services offered by Government. This application has been developed with field level pilot support from NRHM unit of Health Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh. This tool can be readily deployed for other regional languages.

    Adoption of MOTHER had led to increased institutional delivery and sensitized male members in the pilot area. Health Department of Andhra Pradesh has adopted this tool and linked with 'Mother and Child Tracking System' serving around 17 lakh registered pre-natal beneficiaries in the state.

  2. Mid-day meal

    IVRS based daily monitoring system
    Mid-day meal authority, UP

    India is on the march, vying with the best in the world, in the realms of technology, trade, industry and agriculture. While numerous projects and initiatives are serving as conveyors and harbinger of this change, it all calls for adequate and sustained project monitoring and implementation Read More..

    The IVRS based Daily Monitoring System of Mid Day Meal Scheme in U.P. is a unique process innovation through which real time, grass root level data is collected systematically from over 1,50,000 schools spread throughout U.P. on a daily basis. The data gets automatically available on a website which is accessible at all levels and helps in monitoring the progress efficiently through customized MIS/ DSS. It marks a paradigm shift in the process of data collection for many huge and decentralized government and even private programmes with huge scope and replicability. On account of its success in U.P. GOI is replicating this system to monitor MDM in the whole country.

    The benefits of this project are –

    • No. of schools not serving meals reduced to 7% in Nov'12 vis-à-vis 30% in Jul'10,
    • Immediate remedial action in problem areas,
    • Data 'pull' vis-à-vis data 'push' methodology; User of Information controlling the information flow instead of the sender,
    • Creation of a media for the apex level to directly reach the grass-root functionaries,
    • Exception report based monitoring vis-à-vis random selection based, ICT based social audit

    'SAKSHAM'- Scholarship management system
    National Informatics Centre, Lucknow

    'Saksham' or eScholarship (Scholarship Management System) was initiated as a project of hope for children belonging to the weaker sections of the society and uphold their right-to-education. The project was aimed to reach the right and deserving candidates within time frame and without leakages, increase transparency in distribution of scholarships, provide speedy transfer of scholarships to the students, prevent frauds, minimize misappropriation of funds, build a comprehensive MIS for the Government & devise a tool for proper monitoring, control & planning for the state government. Read More..

    It is the first of its kind project in the country to have used IT based initiative for electronic transfer of scholarships directly to the bank account of beneficiaries. It manages the scholarship system right from the primary stage till the student attains professional qualifications and becomes an asset for the society and the country. The project uses the inherent strength of Internet and its excellent outreach and feedback capabilities for ushering in transparency in the system. It has streamlined the distribution of scholarships across the state and helps in timely disbursal of funds with auto-generation of department-wise scholarship demand for each district and school and has considerably reduced the chances of fraudulent schools/ colleges claiming scholarships. New-age banking systems have been integrated & 'no-frill accounts' of students with zero balance facility have been provided by the banks as a major step towards financial inclusion, while existing government processes have been simplified and made easier for the students, schools & general public.


Category: Corporate - CSR or Responsible Business

  1. Prayas

    S'Prayas Computer Learning and Resource Centers (CLRCs)

    Syntel’s CSR initiative S’Prayas was established in 2006 with the mission of “Enriching Young Minds,” focused on providing education support to children from underprivileged communities.

    S’Prayas has established Computer Learning and Resource Centers (CLRC) in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai to deliver education to the communities. Read More..

    CLRCs comprise classrooms equipped with technology infrastructure to impart computer skills training to school going children. CLRCs are staffed with full-time teachers as well as Syntel employees who volunteer time in the evenings and on weekends.

    Programs conducted at the CLRC:

    • Computer skills training – MS Office, educational games, typing tutorials
    • Concept reinforcement – leveraging online tutorials and content from sites like
    • Remedial sessions to supplement school curriculum – using interactive visual aids to enhance learning experience
    • Training workshops and outdoor trips on real-life skills like banking, post office
    • Mentoring and career counselling

  2. Monsanto

    Mobile Farm Advisory System (MFAS)

    Most Indian farmers have very low awareness on core agronomic practices and constantly seek timely, customized information to manage their crop better. The current sources of information, i.e. mass media, retailers, etc have their own limitations like generalized content, skewed & limited reach. Read More..

    Monsanto, in 2010, launched the Mobile Farm Advisory System (MFAS) – a unique interactive mobile-based crop advisory system which offers farmers timely, customized crop management solutions on pre-sowing, crop management and harvesting. Farmers can call up at the toll free number 1800 3000 0303 and get resolution on all crop management related queries right from pre-sowing till post-harvest. The service also sends out regular phone based audio agronomy advisory messages to farmers on sowing practices, pest and disease control, nutrient management, harvesting etc.

    As of today, MFAS partners with 7+ lakh farmers across 15 States, 7 different languages, across 6 crops including Cotton, Corn, Vegetables (Hot Pepper, Tomato, Cabbage, Cauliflower) operating for 365 days a year and 14 hours a day. From September, 2011 till August, 2012 MFAS received 200,000 + farmer calls for query resolution.

    Monsanto continues to add new dimensions to MFAS to help their farmers produce more and improve their farm realization and lives.

  3. Yes BANK

    YES Money Domestic Remittance Service
    Yes BANK

    YES MONEY is about offering convenient domestic remittance service to the masses. Through this initiative, YES BANK has realigned the available infrastructure of Banking Correspondent Agents (BCA) & leveraged the available NEFT technology platform to facilitate the public at large to deposit cash at these BCA outlets and request for remitting the money to any of the 85,000 bank branch across the country. This solution is designed for migrant workers having no KYC and bank accounts, and has helped thousands of workers from losing their one day wage by standing in long queues to send money. With the financial inclusion drive in India it would have been unimaginable for YES BANK to think of participating in this business and add value if the Bank would not have thought innovatively. Being customer focused and concentrating on their latent needs, YES BANK was able to see through an opportunity to bridge this gap and change the landscape of remittance services.

  4. Funtoot

    Funtoot - A personal digital teacher
    eDreamsEdusoft Pvt Limited

    Current education system has fundamental limitation in not being able to provide one-on-one personalized learning to each child. Due to this most of the children are not able to realize their full potential. To solve this problem, eDreamsEdusoft Pvt Limited, a company based in Bangalore, started by IIT/IIM alumni, invented a technology product called "Funtoot". Read More..

    Funtoot is an intelligent, adaptive and personalized digital tutor which helps every child in a personalized manner, based on IQ, Interest, Speed of Learning and other individual issues. Funtoot observes, assesses, diagnoses, interacts, encourages and helps every child based on each child's capacity exactly in same manner as a good human teacher would do - in a one-on-one scenario. Funtoot becomes more and more knowledgeable and personalized as children spend more time with it. Funtoot is built on patent pending technology algorithms around Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing.

    It is used by each child in computer labs in schools. Funtoot is designed to work in India- specific cloud computing model developed to work without internet connectivity in schools. Complex AI, NLP and Machine learning algorithms run on high end private cloud server forms in towns and cities in India, and kids use Funtoot through PCs/Laptops/Tablets in their local environments. At present Funtoot is being used by 14000 kids. Out of these 8000 kids are in villages/small towns.

  5. Foradian

    Fedena - Open Source School management system
    Foradian Technologies

    Project Fedena is an initiative by Foradian Technologies to innovate the education technology software market using an open source business model. Fedena is a free & open source school management software that has more features than a student information system. Fedena can be used to efficiently manage students, teachers, employees, courses & all the system & process related to an institution. Read More..

    Fedena is used in more than 40,000 schools and colleges around the world and powers 20 million students and teachers. Fedena is downloaded more than 200 times daily and reaches 150+ countries of the world. The most notable implementation of Fedena is by the education department of Government of Kerala, India. The department uses Fedena to automate all system and process of 15,000 Schools with 7million students in the state using Fedena hosted on cloud.


Category: Individual

  1. Mango Reader

    Mango Reader
    Jagdish Repaswal

    The vision of behind Mango Reader is to bring books to life by making them interactive, engaging and fun, using videos, quizzes, games, animation, audios, collaboration, sharing, discussions and providing a better learning experience. The founders want to build an ecosystem where publishers, authors, educators, instructors and content curators can come together and build better content collaboratively focusing on their strengths. This provides better value proposition for students as they get better learning material and through the platform, can now engage with content, discuss and collaborate with each other and experience the real world learning through an online platform. The adaptive and gamified platform motivates them and caters to their individual needs, making learning and better education accessible and available to masses and remote students with significantly lower costs. Read More..

    The group built their content and take the learning from it to build components which can then be used as a framework, so others can build on top of it and use it. Using this approach, hundreds of other educators and content creators can bring their ideas to life by expressing it in simple ways and building better engaging content. Students are also involved in the product life cycle and continuously give their feedback to improve on the process.By enabling teachers to adopt the platform, a change is being brought in how the interaction between students and teachers happens, strengthening the bond between them. New methods for distribution and adoption by masses is devised, by innovating reach to users - like making interactive books available with physical books, or with scratch cards. Mango Reader also supports education focused NGOs to take the product to remote places.

  2. Sevamob

    Shelley Saxena and ShyamTandon

    Sevamob provides primary healthcare and insurance to low income consumers for a monthly subscription. The service is delivered by field teams of doctor and sales rep that carry Android tablets with proprietary mobile software which can operate without network in remote areas. The teams are supported by part time MBBS doctors, a 24x7 call center and a network of 3rd party service providers like Hospitals, Clinics, Pathologists and Insurance companies.


    STIPATOR (Bodyguard)
    Anuj Jain, Ratnesh Desai, RichaYadav and Sivaraman Krishnan

    Unfortunately there has been a recent upsurge in the number of cab/bus incidents happening to women travelling alone. "Stipator" is a humble attempt to provide a sense of security to the millions of women especially students and working women, who travel alone late night after work and use public transport to commute. Read More..

    "Stipator" in Latin means "the bodyguard". True to its name this mobile app lets a commuter be tracked while on the road, posting the location details at regular intervals on popular social networks which helps the commuter’s family keep track .The posts are secured and visible to only those whom the commuter has provided permissions.

    Apart from tracking the commuter, the app also has SOS feature, which allows the user to make a call, send an SMS and an email with a single click in case of an emergency to the preconfigured phone number and email address.


Category: Social Enterprise

  1. Eko India Financial Services Pvt Ltd

    Okekey - paper based secure-two-factor transaction authentication
    Eko India Financial Services Pvt Ltd

    Incumbent with the facts that a mobile phone and number dialing are the least common denominators for the financially excluded,Eko created a number only based transaction mechanism that is not only sufficiently secure but also very affordable. This service works on all mobile phones and in remotest of areas. Read More..

    A ‘One-Time Password’ (OTP) is used to authenticate a transaction. By a simple process of registering the OkeKey booklet, the booklet containing OTPs, to the user’s account along with a secure PIN allows Eko’s platform to authenticate a transaction. This is similar to how the bank verifies the signature of the account holder against its records. Using a simple top-down lookup sequence, customer’s PIN (4 digit) is ciphered to another 4-digit number. Each OkeKey is for one time use only. For the next transaction, the next OkeKey in the sequence will be used to cipher customer’s PIN.

  2. SAS PoornaArogya Healthcare Pvt Ltd

    Sudhanand Poorna Arogya Program
    SAS Poorna Arogya Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.

    The SAS Healthcare program is designed as a community health benefit scheme to be jointly implemented by the NGO-MFIs/cooperatives and the Health Trust with SAS as consultant and health care service provider. A health Benefit fund is created by the NGO/cooperative and is jointly managed by the NGO/MFI/cooperative and the Health Trust. This provides for flexibility in designing and implementing the project, timely decision making and redress of Card holders issues related to delivery of services. Read More..

    It is difficult for the poor people to spend money as inpatients and follow all the cumbersome procedure to get the expenditure reimbursed from the health benefit provider. Hence cashless treatment is provided.To encourage the family to get increased coverage and additional benefits, special benefits are available if the family registers 5 or more members.

    A web based software is developed through which all the operations are made online. This reduces the time taken in provision of medical care as well as payments to the hospitals. Ready availability of card holder data can be used by the NGO/MFI, Hospitals and SAS to redesign products based on field realities.

    The company has appointed Sukhi Help Desk Executives to ensure that the card holders are received properly when they visit hospitals and timely healthcare is provided. All staff members are given CUG mobile phone facility for proper and timely communications so that issues are sorted immediately and card holders are satisfied with the healthcare services and NGO/MFIs are informed of the field level issues. NGO/MFIs also make one coordinator responsible for dealing with the day-to-day issues.

    The scheme has a long term vision that the NGO/MFIs and the Health Trust can jointly utilize the surplus in the health benefit fund to establish a network of hospitals so that the risk of excess claims is mitigated by providing free services to the card holders by managing the expenses from the income generated by servicing other non-member patients or through health tourism.This will also enable the NGOs-SAS to address the problem of accessibility to healthcare by the health card holders in areas where proper hospitals currently do not exist.Utilization of surplus funds to create hospitals for charitable purpose also ensures the most tax efficient structure for the health benefit fund.

  3. Zaya

    Education Micro Clouds
    ZAYA (Formerly Teach A Class)

    At ZAYA, we provide world-class supplemental education to children ages 6 to 13 years old with our blended learning "Labs". Each ZAYA Learning Lab is powered by our personalized blended learning approach with the specific goal of bridging the achievement gap for primary education. We have designed our model to work anywhere in the world, with any income group, but our primarily focus is on the bottom of the pyramid. In order to mitigate this expanding connectivity gap and to maintain a consistent classroom experience, we have developed our own "education WI-FI hotspots". We call these our "ZAYA Clouds", a proprietary hardware and software solution that power all of our classrooms. Each ZAYA Cloud has a 10-hour power supply and is pre-loaded with the same high-impact educational resources, teacher-training curriculum, and our adaptive learning platform. This approach allows students to access the content and for teachers to track their progress even if there is no Internet access or electrical power. We are currently powering 20 learning labs inside schools and orphanages India, Indonesia and Mongolia.

Category: Not For Profit

  1. Don Bosco

    Homelink/ Missing Child Search Network
    Don Bosco Forum for Youth at Risk

    Homelink Network System is an online comprehensive Child Tracking System for effective data management, monitoring and reporting of care, protection and development of children. It is developed by Don Bosco YaR (Young at Risk) Forum through the effort of a group of experts from pertinent fields and end-users. The domain expertise of YaR Forum comes from experience of over a century right from grassroots level to the international, study and reflection on the factors affecting vulnerable children in India, their growth and development. The Web based software tool ( or is a communication based technology system networked through partners (registered members) to document all their services and follow up in a single window system to enhance their service delivery for children at risk more effectively and efficiently. Homelink is not a mere technological intervention or data collection software. It is vital information of children in difficult circumstances, which assist the networking organizations to strengthen the role of advocacy through legal provisions and law enforcements, review and reform child policy development. The network system is to defend child rights through awareness, campaign, etc. and thus raise the community consciousness and collaboration to create safe environment for children.

  2. World Health Partners

    Social franchising with telemedicine
    World Health Partners

    World Health Partners (WHP) is an international nonprofit organization that seeks to provide health and reproductive health services by harnessing local market forces to work for the poor. Leveraging existing social and economic infrastructure, WHP utilizes the latest advances in communication, diagnostic and medical technology to establish large scale, cost-effective health service networks. Read More..

    WHP’s Bihar project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) focuses on improving the detection and treatment of four focus diseases: Tuberculosis, Visceral Leishmaniasis, Childhood Pneumonia, and Diarrhea. WHP has established an active, well-functioning social franchise network in 13 districts of Bihar that would be further extended to 25 out of the 38 districts, thereby reaching to 70 million people, by the end of 2014. The franchise is reinforced with additional program elements viz social marketing (SM) of essential medicines, an efficient supply chain and sample collection system and use of Information, Education and Communications (IEC) to increase demand for services.

  3. Saampoorna Suraksha

    Saampoorna Suraksha,
    Shri Kshethra Dharmasthla Rural Development Project (SKDRDP)

    Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP), an NGO based from coastal Karnataka is a multifaceted organization providing several services to the poor people in the state of Karnataka. It organizes the poor into self help groups, works with them to build their capacities and helps them with financial transactions including thrift and credit. It provides technical inputs to help people to take up livelihood activities which graduate into micro enterprises. It helps the stakeholders in accessing infrastructures like housing, sanitation, education, water. It has implemented life insurance and pension plans successfully. Realising the need for feasible health insurance policy to protect the poor families against the likelihood of hospitalization and resultant expenditure thereof which leads the poor to debt trap, SKDRDP developed a participatory health insurance product called Sampoorna Suraksha eight years back. Relief to the poor from having to pay the medical bills has been the feature of the product. It has taken insurance companies and hospitals as partners while implementing the product. Successfully scaled up and made sustainable over the years, Sampoorna Suraksha has deployed technology in enrollment and claim processing and has deployed ICT in making the product transparent.

Category: Student Concept

  1. Blood Line

    Blood Line
    Vasant Sridhar, VishaalKrishnan, AshwinKrishnamoorty and SiddharthSwaminathanIndian
    Institute of Technology Madras

    A critical issue facing healthcare today, especially in developing nations like India, is the inability to meet the country’s blood requirements through voluntary blood donation. One of the most significant factors contributing to this shortage is the lack of efficient communication between healthcare facilities and blood donors. This arises from the employment of conventional methods of communication by the health care facilities like voice calls, SMSes, and email, which are slow and not targeted. In order to overcome these limitations and bridge this alarming shortage, we propose –Bloodline, a mobile web-based service that enables smarter and more efficient interaction between healthcare facilities and blood donors. By leveraging smart phone technology, web-mapping, GPRS and cloud computing facilities, and the reach of social networking, Bloodline enables health care facilities to connect to a network of blood donors in a fast, inexpensive and strategic manner.

  2. AngelShop

    ChiragDua and Nilaksh Das
    Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, New Delhi

    AngelShop is an online ecommerce portal that enables crowd funding through micro-donations. It collaborates with a non-profit every month to raise awareness about their cause and help them raise funds.

    Virtual stores of other brands and ecommerce websites are set up on AngelShop. These stores offer exclusive deals and discount coupons for AngelShop users. Read More..

    Users can avail these deals and discounts from different merchant brands, for promoting the cause of the month in the form of Facebook likes, shares and recommendations.

    For each deal availed, the ecommerce website pays us an affiliation commission.

    At the end of the month, the sum of the affiliation commission earned by AngelShop, from the different merchant brands, would be donated to the Cause of the Month.

    So in a way, the more a user shops on AngelShop, more funds are raised, brands supporting the cause are promoted, awareness is increased and everyone is a philanthropist in their own minds.

  3. The D Labs

    The D Labs
    Devesh Kumar, Deepali Sinha, Amit Kumar Sharma and Abhishek Kumar
    Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra (Deoghar Campus)

    Dyslexia is a lexical encoding deficiency where the child has the problem of orientation, understanding letters and syllable. It's extremely difficult to diagnose the problem of Dyslexia at an early stage. Moreover, if diagnosed, there has to be a custom based solution to adapt according to the needs of each and every children. Read More..

    At THE D LABS, a software + eye tracking hardware combination that maps everything that a child is doing, has been created, whether he’s moving his hand or writing a sentence. It analyses that data and create a bundle of applications and games using AI Algorithms, so that the learning is interactive rather than a forceful correction.

    Over time, D Labs has understood the problem deeply and have catered the needs of very specific segments of Dyslexic Children. D labs has created a universal solution, that takes a huge amount of data from the child, while he/she is playing games or learning and then give a detailed report to the parents/doctors, very useful for the diagnosis of the disease at an early stage.


Category: Multi Stakeholder Partnerships

  1. ConceptWaves

    Livelihoods 360
    ConceptWaves Software Solutions and Naandi Foundation

    Livelihoods 360 is a comprehensive produce management technology solution designed to be universally accessible using a basic J2ME mobile (costing $20). Conceptualized and developed by ConceptWaves, the solution puts the best in class cloud and mobile computing capabilities to work for farmers. The solution’s objective is to revolutionize the crop estimation, collection and processing value chain thereby resulting in better returns for farmers and improved product quality. The solution, with support from NAANDI foundation and SAMTFMACS, has been adopted by over 12,000 farmers across 658 villages in the Araku Valley region. It is helping crop collectors in coffee and pepper farms of Araku to capture the yield estimates, actual crop collection and payments made to farmers on the field using a mobile and push it to a central server. The data thus collected is leveraged for business reporting, logistics management, decision making and crop research.

  2. BridgeIT India

    BridgeIT India
    EZ Vidya, Nokia India and Pearson Foundation

    In 2011-12, EZ VIDYA, NOKIA and PEARSON FOUNDATION partnered with government and CBSE schools in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh to address four key challenges:

    • "Lecture style" lessons were not equipping students with 21st Century thinking skills
    • Students needed help transitioning from local language to English medium
    • Teachers had few resources besides the textbook with which to enrich classroom instruction
    • Teachers struggled to incorporate technology such as PC labs into their daily teaching
    Read More..

    Using open-source NOKIA Education Delivery (NED) technology and content from Pearson Foundation, schools have beautifully addressed these challenges in a single school year. EZ Vidya consultants gave 5th and 6th standard English and Science teachers a NOKIA C7 phone and trained them how to use NOKIA Education Delivery (NED). Over the course of the school year, NED broadcast Pearson Foundation video content to each phone over the 3G network, along with support materials such as suggested lesson plans and activities for use in class.With support by EZ Vidya, NED has:

    • Improved the quality of teaching by 31%
    • Lessons changed from "lecture style" to "student centred"
    • 10% more marks at NED schools compared with controls
    • Teachers used an average of 158 digital media activities (7Gb content downloaded via 3G networks)
    • Dramatically improved listening and speaking skills of students. These impressive results prompted school partners to triple the size of the programme in 2012-13.

  3. First Source solutions

    Rural BPO Centre
    First Source solutions and Rural Shores

    In keeping with their social focus of 'Empowering Deprived Youth to Become More Employable', Firstsource undertook a pioneering initiative to increase the pool of employable rural youth and uplift the lives of the people of Chand village in Madhya Pradesh, India. In partnership with the client - a Telecom major and RuralShores (a socio-commercial entity started with an objective to rollout Rural BPO centers), a state-of-the-art BPO centre was set up. Through this centre, Firstsource opened up a world of opportunities for rural youth, made them financially independent and created a level-playing field for all in the community. Read More..

    Prior to this, the rural youth were engaged in agricultural work which remained the only means of livelihood and thus stayed in an unexposed community with limited opportunities. Firstsource brought in an alternative means of employment that bridged the yawning gap between modern & traditional ways of earning a livelihood. This initiative also brought about a social change on the cultural landscape with women moving out of their homes, to work in an office environment.




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