Encouraging next generation-ready innovation in different segments of the society, Ericsson & CNN-IBN have announced the winners of ‘Networked India 2015’ campaign.
The two winning projects were: Arterial Pulse Analyzer – a low cost innovation that helps clinicians diagnose CardioVascular Diseases (CVDs) in a more effective manner developed by Sushanth Poojari and Pradeep Gatkine and Immunize India – the world’s largest free SMS service that gives parents vaccination reminders, developed by Dr. Ranjan Kumar Pejaver and Gopala Krishnan. The winning Projects were given cash rewards of Rs. 5 Lacs each.
The Grand Finale of Networked India 2015 included a keynote address by Dr. M Annadurai, Director, ISRO Satellite Centre & Programme Director of Mars Orbiter Mission (ISRO) followed by brief presentations by the finalists showcasing their projects and a power dialogue with India’s leading thought leaders on ‘Networked India: Are we there yet?’.
The awards were presented to the winning teams by the Chief Guest for the evening Mr. Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Govt of India.
The Top 5 projects:
1. Arterial Pulse Analyzer – The innovation is a low cost arterial pulse analyzer which can help clinicians diagnose CardioVascular Diseases (CVDs) cases in a more effective manner as well as automate the process of CVD diagnosis to enable medical camps and mobile medical vans to diagnose CVDs without the need of trained healthcare professionals, especially in a rural setup. The device is a low cost non-invasive diagnostic instrument with onboard analysis being performed on a Mobile phone/tablet.
2. ImmunizeIndia – This is the world’s largest free sms service that gives parent vaccination reminders for your child. It aims to prevent 500,000 child deaths and disabilities by the end of year 2018.
3. Constapark – Constapark is a parking on demand solution app which lets users pick and drop cars at the tap of a button anywhere in the service location.
4. WiFi Trash Bin – This innovation offers free wifi to people who dispose trash in these bins. The WIFI Trash bin gives out a unique passcode for users to access the WiFi network every time they put the trash in the bin. The idea helps in keeping the surroundings clean, aided by the availability of free WiFi access.
5. Helping Faceless – The Helping Faceless app is a social initiative that helps combat child trafficking using state-of-the-art technology. The app tracks vulnerable children and helps restore them back to their homes.
Chris Houghton, Head of Region India, Ericsson, said, “Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society where we believe that everything that benefits from a connection will be connected.We endeavour to enable the change makers, who are using mobility and the internet to make a positive impact on society. Networked India is a platform to encourage the real change-makers and motivate others by sharing their inspring stories.”
Radhakrishnan Nair, Managing Editor, CNN-IBN, said, “It is our great pride and pleasure to have received such an overwhelming response from our audience. The award is our earnest effort to appreciate the outstanding contribution of the brilliant minds behind these innovations. I wish all the winners hearty congratulations.”
The nominations were invited from innovators all across the country through the campaign portal www.networkedindia.com. Over 140 entries were received in the period 8th June to 12th July, 2015 and top five projects were selected by an eminent jury comprising of industry experts. The shortlisted projects were on diverse subjects and sectors such as Healthcare, Environment, Transport and Human Rights. Out of the top 5 projects, the jury announced these top two winners.
The Jury Panel included:
•Kiran Karnik – Former President, NASSCOM
•Harkesh Mittal – Head of Innovation, National S & T Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), DST, Govt of India
•Nishant Rao – Country Manager, LinkedIn & Chairman, IAMAI
•Alok Goel – MD, SAIF Partners & Former CEO, Freecharge
•Sonam Wangchuk – Innovator & Founder – SECMOL