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Ideas & Innovations Making India Better
BW Businessworld brings to you the fifth Smart Cities Conclave & Awards that recognises the best work from cities, states & industry
Photo Credit : Ritesh Sharma
Smart and sustainable cities replete with robust systems running on latest technologies is the dream our government aims to turn into reality with its Smart Cities Mission. Launched in the year 2015, this ambitious mission, encompassing 109 cities, aims to provide citizens systematic and well planned infrastructure, uninterrupted and clean power and water supply, robust public transport system, basic civic amenities, ultra-fast communication network, smart public utility services, access to savvy technology, improved quality of life and economic opportunities.
So far, 90 cities have been selected by the government under the scheme; the next 10 will be announced in January, 2018. Each city will get Rs 500 crore of central assistance for implementing innovative ideas and sustainable solutions.
In a bid to identify and award such ideas and solutions by cities, states and industry alike, BW Businessworld along with a panel of distinguished jury members from the government and the private sector, deliberated on the participants of the fifth Smart Cities Conclave & Awards. BW Businessworld participated in the jury meet as a non-voting member facilitating the decision making process.
Knowledge partner PwC set the nomination and screening process for deserving projects and innovations in each category. A total of 130 entries were received, out of which PwC shortlisted 79 nominations.
The first step was open nominations — projects were invited via an event microsite. Next was the first round of filtering wherein all nominations were checked for completeness and validity by the BW Smart Cities team. In the second round, nominations were shortlisted by PwC Smart Cities Team.
The final step in the process was the jury meet. The eminent jury included Vinit Goenka, member of Governing Council at Centre for Railway Information System and member of Taskforce IT, Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways; Tarun Shankar, infrastructure investments at International Finance Corporation - The World Bank Group; Vikas Chopra, chief operating officer (COO) at Egis India Consulting Engineers; and K. Yatish Rajawat, startup strategist and columnist.
The jury analysed the entries on 15 different dimensions of urban life; innovative smart solutions in environmental protection, technology, knowledge and intellectual, safety and security, smart initiatives, cleanliness drive, innovative logos, social media apps, healthcare, accessibility and mobility, infrastructure and public-private partnership model. One project each from private and government sector were chosen as winners.
Explaining the rationale behind the selection, Goenka says, “My first emphasis was a project’s impact on humanity. Technology can actually change a lot through its impact on humanity. The second aspect was transparency and public expectation, how much can a project or innovation reduce public expenditure, and the third was quality of life, which is what I looked into while deciding the winners.”
According to Rajawat, “One of the biggest considerations for me was the impact a project or application has on people, i.e., it should cover the maximum number of populace for whom it is intended. The second parameter was that there should be something more to a project than just the execution on a set framework.”
Says Shankar, “For a country as big and diverse as India, what is important is the scalability of concepts and projects, so I looked into the scalability and the pace at which the projects could be implemented. Those were the two main areas I considered while shortlisting and selecting the winners for the awards.”
Added Chopra,” The yardstick I evaluated the projects on was technologies and innovations that can impact the masses, also in terms of innovation how we can integrate a lot of these technologies together to reduce the carbon footprint. It means the consolidation of various technologies under one umbrella to assess their impact on the liveability.”
BW Businessworld in association with SAP and Yes Bank will be hosting the fifth Smart Cities Conclave & Awards, the most definitive and influential gathering of the Smart Cities Ecosystem, to discuss the way forward and recognise the best work from cities, states and the industry, on 20 December, 2017 at The Imperial, Janpath, New Delhi.
It is a platform that endeavours to engage smart cities’ thought leaders and innovators to bring forth smart and sustainable ideas that can link our progressive cities to solutions that are best suited for them.
Stay tuned to this space for the highlights of the conclave and the announcement of winners.