BY Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 16th February:- NASSCOM Foundation, in collaboration with industry leaders Mphasis, today announced the winners of the ninth edition of the NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum - a platform that fosters innovative use of technology to create sustained social impact. Arguably, the largest Social Innovation Honours in India, NSIF received over 1300 applications this year out of which, 9 winners were chosen after going through a rigorous two level Jury process in the categories of Primary and Secondary Education, Primary Healthcare, Accessibility, Livelihood and Agriculture, Environment and other socially relevant areas.
City based, Incredible Devices was adjudged as a clear winner in the Primary Healthcare category for its innovative Catheter Reprocessing System, a machine that automates the effective cleaning and sterilization of catheters. The machine runs 24 different cycles for cleaning catheters from washing with RO water through to chemical drying. The CRS both monitors and standardizes the process, therefore reducing the health and safety risks along with costs for all patients using catheters.
All the winners including Incredible Devices will be provided with support to scale services and industry led mentoring from Mphasis.
The jury that selected the winners comprised of many renowned industry stalwarts like DebjaniGhosh, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group, Managing Director, South Asia, Intel Corporation; PadmajaRuparel, President, Indian Angel Network; Sanjay Podder, Managing Director and R&D Head- Accenture Labs India; Sara Chamberlain, Director Digital, at BBC Media Action, India; PuneetBhirani, Executive Vice President - Chief People & Administrative officer, Mphasis; Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Executive Chairman, Founder, 5F World, Chairman, NASSCOM Foundation.
Commenting on the occasion, PuneetBhirani, Chief People and Administrative Officer, Mphasis, said that digital technologies and disruptive innovation play a pivotal role in solving developmental issues economically and at scale. In this edition of NSIF, the applications stood out for their innovation quotient, contextual use of relevant technologies, sustainable operational models and high impact potential. He would like to congratulate all the winners and wish them the best in their endeavours to positively transform development outcomes.
Sanjay Podder, Managing Director, Accenture Labs, Bengaluru said that technology is playing an increasingly critical role in accelerating social transformation and we are committed to support social entrepreneurs in applying emerging technologies for social reform. Accenture Labs is pleased to facilitate this ‘Tech for Good’ initiative, helping to build digitally-enabled innovative solutions to address the most pervasive social concerns such as health, education and gender equality. We congratulate the winners on their achievement and honour their contributions in changing the way our world works and lives.
Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Chairman, NASSCOM Foundation said that India is a country on the verge of change; a change being brought about by a unique amalgamation of technology with high intellect and a will to succeed against all odds and complexities. NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum celebrates this change by honouring its true flag bearers and showing them the way to scalability and greater impact through catalytic grants, mentoring and technology assistance. He would like to congratulate the winners and believe that these solutions can fuel the growth of our country towards solving the problems in Primary and Secondary Education, Accessibility for all, Livelihood and Agriculture, Healthcare, environment and other social issues.
As India’s leading “Tech for Good” platform, the Forum receives interest from numerous innovators each year from far corners of the country. Through focused support, the Forum has helped scale some of the most impactful initiatives fostering inclusive development.