The World Bank, in partnership with CES and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), is pleased to announce the winners of the TechEmerge Resilience India Challenge.
Ten innovators from across the world, chosen from over 300 entrants, will be piloting their cutting-edge technology solutions across India, to deal with the twin challenges of immediate disaster response in the time of COVID-19, and building long term disaster and climate resilience. The innovators will partner with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs) to implement the solutions.
The top five innovators from among the 10 winners will get to showcase their solutions at the CES2021, the world’s largest consumer technology event, to be held in Las Vegas, in January, 2021. The announcement to feature the most disruptive innovators of the TechEmerge Resilience India challenge at CES2021, was made last year by the CTA.
With support from the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the innovators also have access to a grant fund pool of US$1 million to pilot their solutions.
IBM will provide cloud credits and technical assistance. They will also receive technical and advisory support from the World Bank.
The chosen tech innovators and entrepreneurs offer solutions that leverage disruptive technologies such as AI, IoT, drones, 3D printing, digital platforms, and more. These solutions have stood out from among hundreds of others from across the world in a six-month long process that involved rigorous evaluation by subject matter experts and independent jurors on specific criteria vis-à-vis the State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs), who are the end users. The criteria include demonstrated technology, ability to execute, fit to needs, and innovation, to name a few.
ABOUT THE CHALLENGE:
India has long suffered from severe natural disasters, particularly cyclones and monsoonal flooding. Now, COVID-19 has placed added strain on the country’s ability to respond to these life-threatening events.
To deal with these twin challenges, and to build long term disaster and climate resilience, TechEmerge launched its Resilience India Challenge, focusing on emerging or disruptive technologies such as AI, IoT, drones, 3D printing, digital platforms, and more. The challenge has two tracks: Resilience and Disaster Management During COVID-19.
Track 1: Resilience
Although India has made remarkable progress in proactive disaster preparedness and risk reduction, the country is seeking to further strengthen the resilience of its communities and infrastructure to extreme events. Through consultations with government partners, five thematic key challenges were identified.
Track 2: Disaster Management During Pandemics:
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for disaster innovation to support India's national, state, and district Disaster Management Authorities (DMAs) in preparing for, and responding to, disasters while also conforming to the measures required to limit the spread of the coronavirus. TechEmerge will support disruptive technology solutions that are scalable, well-tested, and ready to immediately deploy in the following areas:
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