The Azim Premji University Social Enterprise Cell invites innovative and impactful ideas from students across India providing solutions to the problems posed by COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 is far more than a health crisis; it has affected the economy and livelihood of people and has challenged our institutions, systems, and the overall society. Vulnerable groups like marginal farmers and casual laborers engaged in agriculture and allied sectors, small scale fishers, artisans, petty traders, informal workers in both urban and rural places, forest dwellers are worst hit by the crisis.
There is a need to seriously look for innovative and doable ideas to mitigate the crisis as well as offer solutions for a better future.
This year’s Idea Challenge initiative is specifically looking for:
- Solutions that will empower communities (strengthening livelihood, public health, service delivery, local governance, education, etc.).
- Solutions that will support NGOs/Philanthropic organizations/Citizen groups in their pandemic response.
- Solutions that will equip our front-line workers: ASHA, ANM, ICDS, Nurse, NGO frontline workers, etc.
- Solutions that will strengthen the monitoring systems at any scale.
- Solutions that will enhance specific measures by Hospitals, municipalities, Gram Panchayats, Block Panchayats, etc.
- The shortlisted 15 teams will be invited to present their ideas in front of a panel of Jury members. This will be a national seminar with a few leading social sector organizations and donors for idea pitch and implementation.
- The best 3 entries will receive prize money worth Rs. 75,000, Rs. 50,000, and Rs. 25,000 respectively.
- Certificate of participation from Azim Premji University to all shortlisted teams.
Who can participate?
Students enrolled in classes 11 and 12, in colleges and Universities, Research institutions.
- Submissions must be from a team consisting of more than 1 student; they can be from the same institution or students from different institutions can collaborate
- Preferences will be given to submissions that try to provide details of a preliminary engagement with the target group – this can be either a basic survey to understand the status or a small pilot of an intervention done by the team members
- The idea must be sensitive to the ecological concerns as well as to equity and social justice
- Ideas will be judged on – the feasibility and sustainability of the proposed solution, resource mobilization, innovativeness, community involvement, social justice, and minimal impact on the environment.
Call for Ideas
To submit your ideas online, click here.
The last date to submit your ideas is October 2, 2020.
For full notification, click the link below.