Dalmia Bharat Smart City Contest saw the involvement of Ashoka University and NASA Research Park based Singularity University. Shubhojit wins for his Bangalore project that captures automobile pollutants using Nanocylinders to reduce pollution. Conducted over two months, entries were received from across India and Asia, enabling Indian students to participate in the annual Global Impact Competition (GIC) of Singularity University.
Shubhojit receives a fellowship worth USD 30,000 and will attend the Graduate Studies Program (GSP) at Singularity University, US. Puneet Dalmia, MD, Dalmia Bharat Group says the initiative has successfully concluded, and opens new avenues for youth in India. GIC was received well by students. The Group is happy to have play a role in supporting the government’s vision to build smart cities here. The winning idea works on Nano city’s with nano cylinders where pollutants released by vehicles are captured and reused for better services.
Global Impact Competition has been held for two years with a different focus and theme for every geography. Dalmia Bharat Smart City Contest in India got underway on January 5, 2015 for students to develop ideas that take India’s dream of building 100 smart cities in 3-5 years forward. Application Deadline was 28th Febraury, 2015. Finalist announcement was made on 5th March, and the Final Round was conducted yesterday. Finalists were: Jayesh Ganesh, Nikhil Mahen, Rolly Seth, K.T. Sripreethi, Saurabh Vij, Abhirajika, Shubhojit Mallick, and Gaurav Gupta. Jury members were: Puneet Dalmia; Emeline Paat Dahlstrom, Chief Impact Officer, Singularity University; Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC TV18; Vineet Gupta, Founder, Ashoka University and Jamboree India, Dr. Harish Choudhary, Associate Professor, IIT Delhi; and Piyush Tiwari, Rolex Awardee, Echoing Green Fellow, Founder, Safe Life Foundation.
Vineet Gupta says the contest highlights the need for innovation and tech to help realise the dream of Indian smart cities. Student response motivates the institute to do something new at such a large scale and encourage them to take on such opportunities.
Emeline Paat Dahlstrom says the association with Ashoka University has helped offer a platform to Indian students through Global Impact Competition.