Who We Are

  • Primary and Secondary Education


    • Educate Girls Mobile Application,
      Educate Girls


      There are a number of challenges that face the Indian education system at every level. At the school level issues such as the low student to teacher ratio, lack of proper infrastructure, ineffective content and poor teacher training results in poor educational outcomes for students. At the district level this is further exacerbated as these problems are multiplied by the number of schools and there is a complete lack of tools to monitor, assess and evaluate the process making it hard to take decisions and gauge success.


      The organisation, operational since 2007, has developed a mobile application. The application has two main components. The first is a feature allows the organization to monitor the activities and location of their field staff as staff are required to log their time and activities performed on ground at site. The second component allows managers visibility into school level improvement. As the field staff are also required to enter real time data on school level performance indicators. The application uses GPS to document location and all data collected is backed up on a cloud server, which can then be retrieved and mapped on excel. The solution provides visibility and accountability into the work of field staff for the organization. Also data such as this can be used to impact district level decision making.


      The organization is operational in 7 districts in Rajasthan and has impacted over 580 field staff and 1 lakh children.



    • Supporting Improved Community Accountability,
      CfBT Education Services


      Children attending Government Schools in India are often faced with a number of obstacles. The poor quality of teaching and lack of infrastructure result in poor learning outcomes of students. What is more, is that most of the children are first generation school goers with many of their parent’s being illiterate and therefore unable to properly engage with their child’s academic career. This means that there has been no real effort made on the part of the schools to become accountable to the community.


      CfBT has designed a mobile based pictorial School Score Card (SSC) that depicts school quality indicators for the illiterate mothers of the school children. By using the SSC on their mobile devices, mothers can easily understand and score the school on basic quality parameters such as- student enrollment, basic infrastructure, teacher attendance etc. As part of the School Management Committees the mothers are now engaged with the schools monitoring and evaluation process. They also send SMS’s of all the data they have collected to a centralized server that can be used by State level education officials to improve the quality of government schools.


      The project is currently operational in 425 schools in one district in Andhra Pradesh and has impacted over 20,000 students and parents.



    • Digi-Teach,
      Humana People to People India


      Over 50% of the 145 million children in Indian primary schools complete their primary grades without basic literacy and numeracy skills. A principal cause is the shortage of teachers as well as skill deficiencies in existing teachers, which results in an inadequate progress in the child’s learning and holistic growth. Recent estimates indicate beyond doubt that later stage education cannot satisfactorily overcome early stage learning deficits, with over 70% graduates being gauged lacking employable skills.


      digiTEACH is an innovative courseware framework designed for training of primary school teachers. Course ware covers subjects, child centric teaching methodologies, societal awareness and leadership skills. It focuses on enhancing teaching skills by comprehensive mapping of the curriculum and training programmes and breaking them into micro modules on a custom designed software platform. The platform also includes a progress tracking and feedback system where teachers can map their progress through tasks, activities and indicators.


      The most salient feature of the platform itself is its exhaustive repository of open source reference material that teachers can use during the training. The platform also has a DMM – a comprehensive set of tasks, courses and experiences with a progress matrix mapped across the entire training programme.


      The organisation is currently operation in 2 locations in Haryana and has impacted over 4,400 teachers and 25,000 students till date. They plan to scale to 27 new districts across Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.



    • vChalk,
      vChalk Education Pvt Ltd


      Though the enrolment of students from low income settings in private English medium schools has drastically increased from 18- 30% in the last few years, the learning levels remain dangerously low. This is due to many reasons, first the lack of quality leaning material, expensive teaching resources and little or no evaluation system.


      To combat this problem the organisation has developed a comprehensive learning progress tracking tool that makes learning progress for each child visible. The cross platform tool creates an individual profile for each child and allows teachers to record attendance, track skill development in real time and generate reports when necessary. The organisation also encourages parents of under privileged students to get engaged with their child’s learning through IVRS calls where parents will be guided in their local language to ask children specific questions to understand and assess skill development.


      The tool works within a larger set up to provide a remedial program for many of the private schools. Targeted at students from 3rd-5th standard the organisation takes the burden of the school by training instructors to use their remedial curriculum , equipping instructors with course material and tracking students growth after the remedial program is implemented using the vChalk technology.


      Currently the organisation has implemented this project in Karnataka but hopes to scale nationally and impact over 1 million learners.



    • Mission Finland,
      Hippocampus Learning Centres


      A majority of rural school children by age 6 do not have access to a learning environment that greatly impacts their cognitive and social development. According to a recent study by the World Bank, by the time poorer children in many countries reach school age, they are at a significant disadvantage in cognitive and social ability. Despite it’s critical role primary school is only available to a minority of children from wealthier backgrounds.


      The organisation provides primary school education to rural students through a centre based model. Teachers are local women from the surrounding communities. To ensure sustainability and standardisation of quality in all their centres, the organisation has developed a mobile solution that helps to manage and audit the most essential aspects of their program. The solution maps parameters such as student enrolment, attendance, student’s details and assessment. Another mobile app helps teachers understand the gaps in their students learning and develop an individual plan for each student. At present the fees per child is between Rs. 2700- 3,000 an annum.


      The organisation currently operates in 250+ villages in Karnataka and has impacted an average of 50,000 people so far. They are planning on scaling up to 400 villages in states including Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.



    • E-Numeracy,
      Theertha Info Solutions


      The subject of mathematics remains a serious pain point for many children across rural India .Recent findings suggest that only 26% of children in 3rd standard do simple subtraction while only 25% could do simple division. While on 44% of Std 8 students could do simple division.


      Theertha has developed an E-Numeracy Learning kit allows students to learn basic arithmetic and math in a quick and affordable manner. The kit consists of 9 CD-ROMs that use multi-media and gamification animation technology to impart mathematical concepts to children making learning both fun and interactive. Concepts are based on vedic math logic and are taught mainly through activity based learning. The entire course only takes 18 months and costs 50% less than standard training costing only Rs, 1,000 per annum.


      The organisation aims to target students from low income groups studying in CBSE schools, hoping to target over 5 million youth by 2021.



  • Skills and Employability – “Genpact Reach Higher Honours”


    • Accessible Technology for Skilling and Livelihood of Differently Abled,
      Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled


      It is estimated that India is home to over 6-10 crore Persons with Disability (PwD). A majority of this population belongs to underserved communities and face social discrimination often not being allowed to access basic education, employment and healthcare services. This has left over 80-90% of the working age disabled population unemployed and without a source of livelihood.


      Samarthanam provides vocational training to disabled youth across the sectors of IT/BPO/Banking/Hospitality and many others. Training is provided through 7 livelihood resource centers that are equipped with computers, IT equipment and accessible software programs such as JAWS, NVDA and tactile diagram based computer courses. They also record and store a wealth of sign code material in video format for the hearing impaired youth. No prior educational qualifications are necessary for youth to join these courses with the exception of IT/BPO training (12th Std pass is required) with training being provided to students mostly in the age group of 18-35yrs.


      Till date Samarthanam has provided training and has successfully placed over 7000 disabled candidates and has 6 training centers across Karnataka and 1 in Jahrkhand.



    • Disha- Career guidance for rural youth,
      Nirmaan Organization.


      Over 36.6% of the rural youth (1529yrs) in India who are graduates and above are unemployed. The same is 26.5% in urban areas. This is because the Indian employment ecosystem is plagued with a number of challenges such as a huge demand and supply gap in manpower requirements, mismatch between opportunities available and aspirations of youth, low industry collaboration in skill building and inadequate exposure to modern tools and techniques of skilling.


      Disha aims to bridge this gap in employment by providing a platform on which the three main stakeholders- employers, job seekers and trainers can come together. Disha is an end to end employment system with 3 main features. First a tele-counselling service that will provide job seekers career guidance to help them chose suitable careers as per their skills sets, through a free helpline. Disha will maintain a network off skill development institutes and academies that youth will be linked too as per their need through a web/mobile application. The application will also include their other services such as counselling and job postings. Third will be the a database of job opportunities available which trained youth can then apply to and connect with employers as well as o a host of support services such as resume building, mock interviews and tests offered through their MIS.



    • Bridging employment and employability employability opportunities to fresher from Tier 2 & Tier 3 college
      Rankskills Knowledge International Pvt. Ltd.


      On the employment front Start-Up’s and SME’s do not have visibility or the HR resources to identify fresh talent in Universities and hence find it difficult to recruit correctly as per their needs. On the job seekers side, many students graduating from Universities in Tier 2- Tier 3 cities do not have the access to job opportunities in Start-Ups as they tend to be concentrated in larger metros in India.


      The organization aims at bridging this gap between these fresher’s and Start-Ups/SME’s by bringing them together on one platform. Rankskills is the first online platform that connects youth from Tier 2- Tier 3 educational institutes to Start-Ups /SME’s. The portal not only provides visibility of jobs to candidates and profiles of students to SME’s but has also built in features to connect job seekers to mentors and skilling providers to help them improve other necessary professional skills. The organization is also in the process of building a telephony service aimed at helping students and youth to improve their communication skills thereby enhancing their employability.


      Till date the organization has targeted colleges in Pune and Lucknow and has impacted over 20,000 graduates but has the potential to be scaled nationally.



    • SmartWorker,
      Corporate360 Marketing Solutions Pvt. Ltd.


      The incidents of unemployment in India remain astoundingly high. With much of the population still illiterate, skilling initiatives and programs hard to come by, lack of government schemes and machinery to implement those policies that do exist and large scale discrimination on the grounds of gender, securing a sustained form of livelihood is hard for those from rural and underserved settings.


      Through it’s software SmartWorker360 the organization hires rural youth and women from underserved communities , training them to perform simple digital data tasks such as – removing supplicate data, cdata correction, enhancing existing data and so on and then connecting them to work and income through their software.


      TTill date, they have distributed over $109,000 in wages and impacted over 1250 workers and dependants from remote areas across India and Singapore.



  • Accessibility


    • Tactograph
      Enability Foundation


      An unaddressed area of disability in the learning process and curve of visually challenged children. Visually challenged children have a much slower learning process in comparison with their sighted counterparts, struggling to identify common objects, words, pictures etc. This is largely the result of learning materials not being accessible to the visually challenged. Those that do exist are only braille text books, which are highly un engaging for younger children.


      Working closely with IIT Chennai Assistive Technologies Lab Enability Foundation has developed a low cost tactograph printer which replicates existing printed material especially pictures into tactile images using a semi-autonomous plotting mechanism. To make the printer user friendly the tactograph itself makes use of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) which allows it to capture and outline an existing printed picture and outline it on any paper based material using a image recognition algorithm. Through just a few mouse clicks marking the image on the PC the user can plot, save and print a tactile version of it.


      At present the innovation is still under development but has the potential to impact all visually challenged children and persons across the country.



    • Eye-D,
      GingerMind Technologies Pvt. Ltd.


      Persons suffering from visually impairment often find it hard to carry out day to day tasks such as choosing their clothes, crossing the street, using public transport etc. This means that they are not able to function independently and must depend on others for their every need.


      Eye-D is a hardware cum mobile solution that leverages on the existing capabilities and features of smartphones to enhance the lives of the visually impaired. The solution uses GPS and compass for navigation and Intels language platform for sending commands to the smartphone and getting feedback on navigation. Other features such as the Camera are used for OCR and reading material while sensors are used to detect obstacles in the course of walking.


      Though still in its nascent stages the solution has the potential to impact over millions of people around the globe, enabling them to lead more independent lives.



    • BrailleMe


      Over 40 million visually impaired individuals globally 90% of whom live in low-income settings. Alternatively braille technology, the most common form of accessible communication for the visually impaired, has remained largely unaffordable and therefore inaccessible. This means that a majority of the population have been left behind or excluded from society, on the basis of their inability to access education or employment. To make matters worse as the world moves into the digital age there is little effort being made to accommodate for the needs of the visually challenged when it comes to using digital devices/accessing content.


      Innovision has developed the first low cost electronic refreshable Braille reader. The device will help users read and write digitally through electronic Braille. The reader itself will connect to a parent device- computer, mobile etc and allow users to access information through Braille cell output and a Braille keypad on the device itself. The reader will be available at a price 5 times lower than is currently available in the market and will allow the visually impaired to access the internet, MS Office, Social Media, E-Books and much more.


      The device will have a pivotal role in shaping the sectors of both education and employment for the visually impaired.



  • Health


    • Using eDetection Technology for finding TB patients in India,
      Operation Asha


      Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top 10 leading causes of death globally. India alone is responsible for over 1/5 of all TB cases reported globally. What’s more is that TB is considered a disease of poverty with a disproportionate number of patients belonging to underserved or low- income families. To further exacerbate the problem people in these settings are at a greater risk due to exposure and have little or no access to quality healthcare which leads to a higher rate of fatality.


      The organisation has created a tablet based application that works on an android platform which is aimed at both Contact Tracing and Active Case finding of TB patients. The app is used by health workers on field who screen patients through a series of questions. A stable decision based algorithm then allows for answers to be analyzed and patients to be diagnosed. Depending on how many questions the patient responds to positively they are either reported as ‘At Risk’ or ‘Completed’ which means their results are indicative of TB. If their answers are negative they are ‘Archived’ into the system. These details allow both effective screening and diagnosis of patients as well as the tracking of those potential individuals that may be at risk. The solution is language agnostic and the GPS tracking features allow for health workers to identify TB hotspots, which can impact State level healthcare policies.


      Till date over 40,000 patients have been directly impacted and 6.34 lakh people indirectly. The program itself has been implemented in 31 centers spread across 3 States- Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Karnataka.



    • One Home One Toilet,
      Shelter Associates


      There is a dire need for proper sanitation facilities more specifically the need for clean functioning toilets in urban slums across India. Lack of these basic amenities significantly impacts health, nutrition and pollution levels in these slums. It also detrimental to the quality of life of slum dwellers including the elderly and unwell as well as the safety and dignity of women and children. Additionally, while solutions have been offered by the government, these solutions suffer from various gaps mostly the lethargy in on ground implementation.


      Shelter Associates have created an end to end urban sanitation software solution. The solution aims at using data driven technology to impact long term sustained behaviour change. On one end the solution starts with a data driven city wide GIS mapping of sanitation infrastructure in slums. Household and Individual level surveys are conducted to collect data, analyze and target specific crucial needs. On the other end the organization uses the data collected to work closely with municipal corporations, infrastructure providers and NGO’s to ensure construction of sanitation units and sewerage systems. The organization has started using tablets to collect and input data in to their web platform. The organization also runs awareness workshops and drives in the slums they work in to educate individuals on the importance of effective sanitation.


      Till date Shelter Associates have mapped 500 slums over 4 cities and have impacted over 50,000 people directly. They have also constructed over 6,000 individual toilets and have the potential to impact a population of 2.5 million.



    • A novel device and system to screen newborns for hearing loss in resource poor Settings,
      Sohum Innovation Labs India Pvt Ltd


      Over 800,000 hearing impaired babies are born globally every year of which 100,000 are Indian. In India hearing impairment goes largely undiagnosed due to screening equipment being costly and hard to come by. In most cases this leads to more serve cases of hearing impairment or even complete deafness as the infant develops. The pity is that most of these cases can be treated and even prevented if the condition was detected earlier.


      Sohum has developed a low cost hardware cum software solution that uses brainstem auditory evoked response to screen and diagnose infants with hearing impairments at an early stage. The device has 3 parts to it; the first is a base precision hardware to capture brain signals, second is algorithm software to analyze the signals which can run on various platforms and third reusable electrodes that fit any head size that are used for capturing brain signals. The software gives clear indications of the right placement of electrodes. The final result is completely automated and indicates a ‘pass’ or ‘refer’. The data is also fed into a back end centralizer server that rechecks and keeps track of infants that have been referred. The device is made to work in noisy settings and does not require the infant to be sedated.


      The organization is targeting infants in resource poor settings with the aim of screening 1 mill infants by 2018 and diagnosing over 45,500 infants with hearing impairment and getting them the critical care they need.



  • Women’s Empowerment


    • Safecity,
      Red Dot Foundation


      The incidents of sexual harassment and abuse has been on the rise in India with UN Women siting that 1 in 3 women in India face some form of sexual assault at least once in their lifetime. What is more worrying is that those victims that are abused do not report these instances due to fear of social exclusion and a culture of victim blaming.


      The organization has developed a Safecity is a platform that documents personal experiences of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces. This data which maybe anonymous, gets aggregated as hot spots on a map indicating trends at a local level. The idea is to make this data useful for individuals, local communities and local administration. Our main objective is to: Create awareness on street harassment and abuse and get women and other disadvantaged communities to break their silence and report their personal experiences. The larger goal is to make information such as this available to government and law enforcement personal so that may take action and find solutions towards creating safer cities..


      Currently the platform is operational in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Bangalore, Nepal and specific locations in Africa. It has impacted over 250,000 people so far.



    • Convers[t]ation,
      Fields of View


      The issue of sexual harassment of women in public spaces has come to the forefront in India. There is a large gap in data and in understanding where and why these incidents are on the rise. What we do know is that there is a serious issue of under- reporting by women due to the fear of social stigma, skepticism that nothing will be done and a general lack of trust.


      For this reason the organization has created a physical kiosk in the style of an ATM which can be installed in public spaces and where women of different literacy levels can go report incidents of sexual abuse. Information will be provided in multiple languages and content will be depicted pictorially and through audio-visual interface making it easy to use for women from a variety of backgrounds.


      The prototype for the solution has been developed in collaboration with IIT- Bangalore and has the potential to impact millions of women across the country.



    • Menstrual Hygiene Project
      Sukhibhava Healthcare Solutions Private Limited


      There are over 355 million menstruating women across India, but only 12% of them have access to any form of sanitary products. Due to lack of proper hygiene and sanitation facilities and unaffordability of sanitary products many women/girls miss over 50 days of school or work. Furthermore menstruation is widely seen as unclean and is surrounded by much social stigma. This makes it hard for women to discuss it let alone understand and practice menstrual hygiene.


      The organization trains local micro- entrepreneurs living in slums to use their cloud based mobile technology to educate underserved women on menstrual hygiene. The mobile application is designed to deliver awareness through a series of different modules which contain multi- media videos, pictures and videos on issues regarding menstruation. The micro –entrepreneurs not only act as on ground local field workers conducting workshops but also sell low cost sanitary napkins to the slum women. The solution also allows the entrepreneurs to collect on ground real time data on purchase of sanitary products and how many beneficiaries they have reached every month.


      The organization has currently implemented to solution in Bangalore and is expected to impact over 2,800 by the end of 2016.



  • Other Social Issues


    • Rang De,
      Rang De


      Less than 25% of India's eligible population has access to credit from formal financial institutions. What’s more is that a majority of Indian’s are left out of the formal financial system and lack basic services. This means that those that do have entrepreneurial ideas lack the knowhow, resources and ability to find funds to scale their idea and enterprise.


      Rang De's online peer to peer lending platform connects low income borrowers who need loans with individuals who desire to help through non- traditional charitable giving. Rang De connects borrowers and investors in a transparent, accountable manner. By creating an easy to use, trustworthy platform Rang De provides social investors an avenue to channel their philanthropic capital directly to end beneficiaries. On the other hand, the online platform allows borrowers to seek loans at very low interest rates, allowing them to run very low risks and still be empowered.


      The portal is currently operational in 15 states and has impacted over 40,000 beneficiaries.



    • Third Eye Solutions,
      EasyM2M Technologies Pvt. Ltd


      As statistics currently stand it is estimated that 1 miner dies every 3 days in India. This is mainly because there is a complete lack of safety procedures and resources available to them. Many of the accidents can be avoided and many lives saved if there is a timely response to emergency situations.


      Third Eye Solutions is an iWristPhone for underground miners which they can use in times of emergency. The device has a dual core, CPU,3MP ,Camera and Gravity sensor for man fall down alert. It can also measure heartrate and other basic physiological parameters and works using 2G/3G sim or Wi-Fi/Bluetooth. The two -way voice and video feature works without internet connection and the GPS features allows control room staff to locate miners in time of emergency. The entire solution will allow for quick response to emergency situations and saves many lives within the mining industry.


      The organization is currently serving mines in both Karnataka and Orissa with an estimated potential impact of reaching out to over 100,000 miners.



    • Mobile Vaani: A voice based social media for the underserved population,
      OnionDev Technologies Pvt.Ltd (Formerly Gramvaani)


      In developing regions due to widespread connectivity issues, illiteracy, and social norms, more than 70% of the people do not have access to credible & timely information, especially amongst the rural and low income communities, significantly limiting their ability to make informed decisions. Second is the challenge of taking to scale any socially beneficial solutions due to the lack of resource, technology and expertise. In comparison the developed world has a high rate of knowledge transfer and this leads to quicker awareness and informed decision making which can be widely attributed to the development of social media.


      Mobile Vaani is a voice based social media platform for underserved communities. Individuals can call a toll free number to leave messages on socially relevant topics such as agriculture, weather, crop prices etc. and listen to other messages left by other community members. This raises their awareness and opens up channels for community as never seen before.


      Currently the platform is operational in Jahrkhand, Orrisa and Madhya Pradesh and has the potential to reach over 2 million.



  • Youth Innovators


    • TIKNA,
      Ankit Kumar Bhagat


      Energy wastage remains a crucial environmental challenge for citizens of India. Energy conscious behavior is something that is yet to be instilled in the larger public psyche, with most people being un aware of basic practices such as turning of lights/ electrical appliances, that can be adopted to save energy.


      TIKNA is a centralized energy monitoring system. The system has 3 main components, first the home plugs/electrical appliances etc that are connected to the second component a back end centralized server. And third a mobile and web based application that is also connected to the server and can be used to control all the energy appliances within the system. TIKNA hence allows for energy consumption data from each device to be collected by the server which is used to inform their decisions and actions in turning on/off devices when they are not in use. The system as a whole promotes the concept of energy conservation and converts residences into high tech smart homes.


      Still in it’s early stages the product has the potential to be installed in over 10 million households nationally and impact over 40 million people, with the long term goal of generating vast CO2e savings and reducing the nations environmental footprint.



    • Haqdarshak,
      P.R Ganapathy


      There are a score of both government and non-governmental schemes available to those from underserved communities in India. However due to a lack of communication channels many of them remain unknown to those who really need them. This results in Crores of Rupees going to waste or going into the wrong hands.


      The solution is a mobile/tablet based application which consists of a complete database of relevant Government schemes available to citizens. The app goes one step further to screen candidates using 15-20 questions and provide them with a complete list of schemes that they are eligible for. It also guides them and helps them in understanding and collating the necessary documentation they would need to avail benefits of those schemes.


      Till date the innovation has mapped schemes across Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra. It has the potential to reach over 276 milllion Indians.



    • Cardiac Monitoring Unit,
      Ishan Pagdgotra, Bethun Bhowick, Sageer Wani and Lokesh Nagpal


      At present India has a doctor patient ratio of 1:1700, which means that basic healthcare needs of the masses are not met. Primary Healthcare facilities still remain largely inaccessible and unaffordable to those living in rural areas. To further exacerbate the situation secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities are concentrated in urban areas with specialty doctors such as cardiologists being in even shorter supply.


      The team has developed a 4 in 1 solar powered portable cardiac monitoring unit. It comprises of 4 major components, a 9-lead ECG monitoring device, clinical diagnostic electronic stethoscope, a phonocardiograph and a semi-automatic digital blood pressure apparatus. The solution is low cost and portable, working in low connectivity areas and lasting for over 40 hours without a need to be charged. Further to this, when the device is interfaced with a PC, Mobile etc doctor’s in remote urban locations can both view graphical representations of data as well as provide real time diagnosis.


      Still in its nascent stages the device is beneficial to over 70% of the country’s population.