The month-long programme will give selected start-ups an opportunity to pitch to smart city technology multinational companies as well as smart city officials.
The International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad (IIITH) is launching a smart city start-up challenge, in association with India’s Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITY).
The month-long programme will give selected start-ups an opportunity to pitch to smart city technology multinational companies, smart city officials and the winner will get an equity-free grant of 10 Lakhs for further development. Winners will also be featured in an innovation listing shared with smart city leaders.
The programme is being run by Smart City Living Labs, part of the Smart City Research Centre set up with support from MEITY and the Smart City Mission and Government of Telangana at IIITH last year.
Focus areas for the challenge are water, waste, safety and security and health and energy. Any start-ups with solutions or products with smart city use cases can apply, especially tech start-ups already working with products that provide use cases, with or without customers. Those with expertise in commercially deploying market ready products can also apply. Application deadline is 1 June 2021.
“The Smart City Living Lab is an attempt to discover cutting edge innovations with smart city use cases and enrich them with our knowledge from research,” said Ramesh Loganathan, professor- co-innovation and head research of innovation outreach. “This start-up challenge will help discover innovations to enable smart cities. The winning teams will get capital, network and knowledge support.”
“The Smart City Living Lab is an attempt to discover cutting edge innovations with smart city use cases and enrich them with our knowledge from research”
Living Labs’ mission is to use technology and data purposefully to make better decisions and deliver a better quality of life. By connecting start-ups with those searching for smart city solutions, the programme will amplify the transformation of city infrastructure.
It is also running a water challenge in association with Government of Telangana and the National Institute of Urban Managment to find viable solutions to the problems faced regarding water quality, supply and non-revenue water by cities in Telangana.
The goal of the Living Lab plan is to create an urban area enhancing three value domains: social, economic and environmental. It aims to enable the following: acquiring expertise in IoT for smart cities-related research and deployment; generating data for research; creation of a viable innovation and demand-driven ecosystem in universities; and provide a test bench for IoT based smart city implementations to start-ups as well as big companies.
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