Social Innovation Forum

Past Winners

NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum - Winners 2012

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1. ICT led Social Innovation by Not for Profit

Anudip Foundation for Social Welfare,
Kolkata
http://anudip.org

 

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Challenge :
Rural youth lack empowerment primarily because there are few systems for skills development.

 

Innovation :
Kolkata-based Anudip Foundation for Social Welfare has set up rural IT outsourcing centers to make the rural youth employment ready by providing market aligned skills training program. For rural youth who have a business orientation or who, especially women and minorities, are unable to commute to jobs, Anudip’s training, incubation and mentoring of entrepreneurs allows them to successfully start rural IT-enabled enterprises in their communities. It also connects them to corporate.

 

Impact:

  • Anudip has proven that a market aligned skills training program of IT basics, spoken English and soft-skills for educated rural youth, women and minorities, in collaboration with corporate employer partnerships, can lead to 80 percent placement with low attrition rates.

 

2. ICT led Social Innovation Concept by Students

Harpreet Singh Sareen & Amanjot Singh-University
College of Engineering, Punjabi University, Patiala
http://www.webassist.in/

 

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Challenge :
Despite the growing popularity of the internet, websites are not inclusive, and often leave out disabled people, consequently making them devoid of opportunities.

 

Innovation :
[email protected], by the University College of Engineering, Punjab University, is an assistive technology toolbar that increases the accessibility of websites by customizing the way the disabled view and interact with the web pages, as the cloud itself can now adapt to its users.

 

Impact :

  • [email protected] has removed the specific machine dependence for a disabled person, allowing an individual to use the web at any public place like libraries, labs, classrooms etc. The solution can be used irrespective of any platform or website constraints.

 

3. ICT led Social Innovation by Government Body

State Rural Health Mission,Department of Health&
Family Welfare, Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar
http://e-mamta.gujarat.gov.in/

 

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Challenge :
Rural health issues such as inadequate quality of healthcare services, and inability to track beneficiaries, leading to high Maternal and Infant Mortality Rate.

 

Innovation :
The Government of Gujarat developed an application for tracking mothers and children through unique identification number that enables grassroots workers to communicate with residents who are in need of services and through SMS alerts, they alert the beneficiaries for the due health services.

 

Impact :

  • Besides providing individual attention to the mother and infant, the use of technology also enables availability of reliable reports, and real time data to the district and at state level

 

4. ICT led Social Innovation by Multi Stakeholder Partnerships

GVK Emergency Management Research Institute &
Mahindra Satyam, Secunderabad
www.emri.in, www.mahindrasatyam.com/

 

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Challenge :
Every year in India, more than 4 million deaths occur in emergency situations, owing to the presence of any Emergency Response Service (ERS).

 

Innovation :
The 108 Emergency Response Service by GVK EMRI and Mahindra Satyam was conceived to address the issues of accessibility, availability and affordability. This not-for-profit service delivery model integrates emergency response for any type of emergency – Medical, Police, or Fire – through a toll-free number. Currently, this service is provided at Rupee 1 per citizen per month.

 

Impact:

  • With its presence in 11 states of India, the 108 project proceeded from a fleet of 70 ambulances in 2005 serving 14 million people living in 27 cities and 50 towns of Andhra Pradesh to safeguarding lives of up to 372 million people with 3,006 ambulances in present day. 108 handles 1 emergency every 8 seconds, and saves 1 Life every 8 minutes.

 

5. ICT led Social Innovation by a 'For Profit' Organization, as a Business Model

Healthpoint Services India Pvt Ltd,
New Delhi

http://ehealthpoint.com/

 

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Challenge :
Heath related issues in rural areas, including existing quality of drinking water, general unavailability of qualified doctors, and high prevalence of sub-standard medicines.

 

Innovation :
e-HealthPoint provides a unique, innovative multi-service delivery platform for low income communities – rural broadband to support healthcare services; modern workflow tele-medical software based around electronic medical records that connects an urban doctor to the rural population; point-of-care diagnostics for more reliable diagnosis; and water treatment providing communities with safe drinking water at affordable price point of 10 paisa per liter.

 

Impact:

  • e-HealthPoint provided more than 30,000 consultations, 15,000 diagnostics, 35,000 prescriptions, and access to safe drinking water for more than 500,000 rural inhabitants. More than 60% of these clients are women and children.

 

6. ICT led Social Innovation by Individual/ Group

Shivank Agarwal, Shankar Kotuni, Shubham Agarwal,
Harish Kumar & Ankit Agarwal, Roorkee
www.bufferinfinite.blogspot.in

 

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Challenge :As online videos become popular, the masses are logging in to see more; however, the problem with most of the videos is that they are not understood by everyone owing to the language and accent problem.

 

Innovation :The development of a software product, which, when integrated with popular Internet browsers adds subtitles automatically to the online videos currently being viewed.

Impact:

  • The project ensures that the pool of online videos with foreign content becomes more accessible to the Indian masses.

 

7. Certificate of Appreciation

YES BANK Limited,
Mumbai
www.yesbank.in

 

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Challenge :
Despite formidable physical outreach and rural footprint of Banks, 64% Indians lack access to saving account, 87% Indians lack access to ATMs and 73% farming household lack access to institutional credit.

 

Innovation :
Frugal Innovations for Financial Inclusion (FI4FI) is enabling doorstep banking services, multi-channel and multi-platform banking through partners, and appraisal of micro loans

 

Impact:

  • YES Bank's FI4FI initiative has provided the financially excluded, convenient access to financial services. This is delivered through saving and loan repayment collections at door step and anytime, anywhere domestic remittance service available at the neighborhood shop. The domestic remittance service has proved to be an easy, secure and cost-effective remittance option.

 

Adobe Systems
India
http://youthvoices.adobe.com/

 

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Challenge :
Youth are denied the benefit of essential education because they lack access to appropriate technological resources, and their educators are not equipped or supported to use technology to enhance learning.

 

Innovation :
A global initiative, which is designed to provide youth in underserved communities with the critical skills they need to become active and engaged members of their communities. This is encouraged through the active use of multimedia tools.

 

Impact:

 

  • Adobe Youth Voices has engaged over 27,000 youth and 1,500 educators in schools and out-of-school programs. The program also increased participants’ feelings of engagement and self-worth, with 86% of participating youth believing their work could make a difference, and 91% saying their opinions matter. Armed with new skills and renewed commitment to learning, 91% of Adobe Youth Voices youth are interested in continuing their education after high school.
 
 
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