Design For Impact India Institute Institute 2011 Starting Up Talk

This Startup Supports Entrepreneurs Solving Big Problems In India

On an otherwise reasonable evening, more than 1,000 people packed an auditorium in Boulder, Colorado, for the culmination of the 2011 Unreasonable Institute. They came to see 27 ventures  present their solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.


Raj Janagam, CEO of UnLtd. Hyderabad  and Co-Founder of Cycle Chalaos, shares his venture’s mission to find, fund and support social entrepreneurs in Andhra Pradesh. By giving them seed capital, coaching, access to meaningful networks & connections, skill development and capacity expansion, UnLtd. Hyderabad engages with social entrepreneurs at very early stage of development and provides a necessary foundation for them to realize their visions.

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  • Raj Sharma

    List of these good Samaritans who have taken the road less travelled and are using technology for the betterment of society.

    Traffline

    Developed by Birds Eye Systems, Traffline is a traffic information app that crunches real-time data to improve commute. It helps in finding the quickest route to a destination by factoring in real-time traffic conditions. Users can get alerts and automated text messages at the time of their choice to know the latest traffic conditions on a specific route. The app is available across all the platforms, helping users navigate traffic in major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, etc.

    2 . NextDrop
    NextDrop is a Bangalore-based startup founded by Anu Sridharan, which uses smartphones and crowdsourcing to map water. The startup is trying to solve a problem affecting 90 per cent of South Asia by leveraging mobile technology for better water management. It provides residents access to information about water supply. The real-time data and messaging system uses SMS to inform subscribers about when they will be receiving water and when there’s a delay. Users can talk to the team and help solve water issues in their city. The startup uses feedback to help inform utilities companies about problems in the system in real-time.

    3. SocialCops
    SocialCops is a data and analytics startup that processes millions of discrete data points to derive insights that enable key decision-makers – the government, corporate heads, policy makers, non profits and media houses – to make data-driven decisions. It uses a mixture of online information extraction, open data and a network of mobile-enabled human sensors to collect data. The Delhi-based startup aims to track parameters such as teacher attendance in public schools, quality of public infrastructure, and adherence and access to medical care on a continuous basis.

    4. Spothole App
    The Spothole App, currently a pilot project in Mumbai, helps users to report the GPS location of a pothole through the smartphone. This crowdsourced pothole monitoring tool will help authorities speed up the process of filling up potholes, avoiding a plethora of problems. When this Android app releases (tentatively in another two weeks), anyone across the globe will be able to report a pothole location. The project began as a satire on the sorry state of roads in Mumbai to drive people’s attention towards this problem. The main idea was to create stories around them with potholes as the protagonists.

    5. kWatt
    Founded in September 2013 by three people at IIT Bombay’s SINE, kWattaims to solve India’s energy crisis through solar technology. It is a technology-driven company focussing on energy optimisation and technology customisation to provide economic renewable energy solutions. This essentially means it provides energy solutions to homes, educational institutions, hospitals, hotels, factories, and so on. kWatt has three focus areas: training, products and services, and helping build India’s solar infrastructure.

    6. COD Medi Alert
    COD Medi Alert singularly focused on capitalizing the commonly used mobile and digital media to bring about healthy behavioural changes in our customer’s lives with our state-of the-art services.
    MediAlert is a product that lets family members – also called caregivers formally— set up personal voice notes, as reminders for loved ones to take their medicines.
    “In this way, family members can make their presence felt even when they are busy with their lives. It acts as a vital emotional support to motivate people to take their medication,”

    Disclaimer : I work at COD Medi Alert and so my views might be biased *