The World Bank Group is pleased to announce the TechEmerge Resilience India Challenge, in partnership with Government of India’s National Disaster Management Authority and CES.
Looking for innovative technologies to meet urgent disaster management needs amidst COVID-19 in India.
Now inviting applications for solutions under 2 tracks:
COVID-19 has brought upon dual shocks to the communities in India, especially the most vulnerable with the recent Cyclones Amphan and Nisarga, and the upcoming monsoon season. Frontline workers and disaster agencies are already battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak has overwhelmed frontline workers and existing disaster management resources.
To deal with the twin challenges of immediate disaster response in the time of COVID-19 and building longer term disaster and climate resilience, the TechEmerge Resilience India Challenge is inviting applications for solutions using emerging or disruptive technologies such as AI, IoT, Drones, 3D printing, digital platforms and more.
The challenge has two tracks:
Although India has made remarkable progress in saving lives through proactive disaster preparedness and risk reduction, the country is also looking at building greater resilience of its communities and infrastructure to extreme events.
Through consultations with interested government partners, five thematic key challenges have been identified. We are looking for disruptive technology solutions in the following areas:
WHAT'S THE CRITERIA FOR THE RESILIENCE FAST TRACK?
- Prototype stage or proven product
- If the firm is based outside India, a local partner is desirable
- Ready to deploy in India by November 2020
- Ability to allocate time and resources to participate in project and deploy solutions in India
- Meets the needs of Indian Disaster Management Authorities to strengthen mitigation, management and analytics focused on building resilience to natural disasters and climate change
- Access to a pool of up to US $1 million in grant funding, supported by UK's DFID, to pilot and deploy solutions in India (competitive selection). The grant implementation will be supported by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, under the World Bank's CARE project.
- Chance to work with participating Indian Disaster Management Authorities
- Access to IBM Cloud Credits
- Chance to exhibit at CES2021, world’s largest technology event, to be held in Las Vegas (subject to CES programming schedule)
- Guidance during pilot implementation and developing market entry/scaling strategies
- Potential for further investment to commercialize/scale solutions.
- Be part of "Tech Investments for Good," a growing tech community that aims to respond to similar resilience challenges in other World Bank Group projects.
The need for adaptation and innovation is urgent to support India's national, state, and district Disaster Management Authorities (DMAs) in preparing for, and responding to disasters while also conforming to the precautionary measures required to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.
We are looking for disruptive technology solutions that are scalable, well-tested and ready to immediately deploy in the following areas:
WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?
- Select: With the support of a network of expert jury members, we select high-performing technologies that can meet the needs of Disaster Management Authorities.
- COVID-19 FAST TRACK: shortlisted tech companies with proven, ready to deploy solutions will be directly matched with interested Indian Disaster Management Authorities by mid-July.
- RESILIENCE TRACK: shortlisted tech companies will attend a pitch bootcamp, followed by attending a virtual event to meet Indian Disaster Management Authorities to pitch and present their solutions, and discuss working together in pilot projects.
- Pilot: Where there is interest from Disaster Management Authorities, tech companies will be invited to partner to pilot their solutions in the respective Indian States, with the chance for commercialization of successful pilots.
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