Social innovation is a novel solution to address the most pressing problems faced by the world. These solutions are more effective, efficient, and sustainable; and accrues positive impact for the society as a whole rather than private individuals. In this regard, the goal for innovation is not only to create wealth, but to also provide social betterment. Sadly, innovating for the social good comes with several challenges including low-profit margins, mission drifts, manufacturing hurdles, and the weightiest –fundraisings.

To create true social change and to have long-lasting outcomes, the Aarohan Social Innovation Awards pledged its commitment to support and accelerate innovation in the social sector. Last year, 12 social innovators were awarded a total prize money of INR 1.75 crores for their breakthrough innovations.

Second Edition Awards – Nominations Open

Infosys Foundation has launched the second edition of Aarohan Social Innovation Awards which will reward individuals, teams or nonprofits developing unique solutions that have the potential to positively impact the underprivileged in India, at scale. If you have a unique prototype/solution to a social problem, which can bring positive change to society, then Aarohan Social Innovation Awards is the right platform for you.

For more information on Aarohan Social Innovation Awards 2019, submission process, and selection criteria, please visit: Infosys Foundation.

Flashback – Aarohan Social Innovation Awards 2018

Aarohan Social Innovation Awards was established last year with a vision to recognize and reward individuals, teams or NGOs that develop unique solutions to ease the life of the underprivileged. Infosys Foundation selected the winners for Aarohan Social Innovation Awards 2018 from over 900 submissions. All the submissions were evaluated by an illustrious jury who are themselves actively involved in the social innovation space in India. A total prize money of INR 1.75 crore was awarded to these amazing ideas:

Platinum Winners – Prize Money INR 30 Lakhs

  • Education -Khushwant Rai and Anjali Khurana from Punjab, for creating ‘Affordable Personal Braille Printer’
  • Healthcare – Madhya Pradesh based Prashant Gade, for a low-cost prosthetic arm called ‘Inali Arm’

Gold Winners – Prize Money INR 20 Lakhs

  • Sustainability – Mayur Ramrao Ladole, Gaurav Ghanshyam Dastane and Nilesh Lakshman Jadhav from Maharashtra, for a novel ‘water-disinfecting hand pump’ that can make potable water accessible to millions of rural homes in India.
  • Women’s Safety & Empowerment – Samagra Empowerment Foundation from Maharashtra, for building and deploying an IoT and AI-enabled Governance platform called ‘SmartLoo’

Silver Winners – Prize Money INR 15 Lakhs

  • Healthcare – Aakash Bhadana, Vasu Kaushik and Rahul Gupta from Haryana for ‘Caeli’, a smart automated drug delivery and anti-pollution mask for respiratory patients
  • Destitute Care – Sumanth Mudaliar and Vishrut Gaurangkumar Bhatt from Gujarat, for ‘Handicare’, a mobility device for those with lower-body impairment

Bronze Winners – Prize Money INR 10 Lakhs

  • Rural Development – Rajasthan based Sharwan Kumar Bajya for ‘Wider’, an affordable weed removal machine that processes weed into green manure.
  • Education – Karnataka based Sanskriti Dawle for ‘Annie’ an audio-tactile device to help visually-impaired students learn independently.

Jury’s Special Awards – Prize Money INR 5 Lakhs

  • Sustainability – ‘Saathi Pads’ from Gujarat, for making 100 percent recyclable and compostable sanitary pads from banana fiber.
  • Education – Chirag Bhandari, Siddharth Gala and Kavya Ananth from Maharashtra, for ‘Yelo Bag’, a school bag designed to convert into a writing desk, thus alleviating posture and spinal alignment issues in students.
  • Rural Development – Karibasappa MG, Dayananda K, and Anil Kumar MK, from Karnataka, for developing a ‘solar insect trap’ that decreases the usage of chemical pesticides in agriculture
  • Women Safety and Empowerment – Ajinkya Vikas Dhariya from Maharashtra, for developing ‘PadCare’, a decentralized sanitary pad sterilization, segregation, and disposal unit to deal with the problem of menstrual waste.

Additionally, to help incubate and scale their innovations, the platinum and gold award winners are also eligible for a 12-week technical mentorship at IIT Hyderabad.

About Infosys Foundation

Established in 1996, Infosys Foundation supports programs in the areas of education, rural development, healthcare, arts and culture, and destitute care. Its mission is to work in remote regions of India. Infosys Foundation takes pride in working with all sections of society, selecting projects with utmost care, and working in areas that are traditionally overlooked by society at large.

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