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Challenge:

Infosys Science Foundation Nutrition Challenge

This Challenge is

CLOSED

Mohandes Pai

“One of the primary objective of the challenge was to encourage young people to apply their STEM skills to solving a problem. We chose malnutrition as the topic as it has been one of India’s most persistent challenges. We hoped that this would also raise awareness and a sympathetic understanding of the problem among this generation.” Mr. Mohandas Pai, Trustee - Infosys Science Foundation.

From September 10th to November 9th, 2018, 350 students from all across India worked to design solutions to combat malnutrition among expectant mothers and children under five years of age living in India. Ideas included designing a nutrient rich pod that replaces 50 mid-day meals and creating an app that gathers health data and gives food coupons to those in need. The solutions were then judged by nutritionists, researchers, and scientists for a chance to win up to RS 5,00,000 in prize money, a trip to the Infosys Prize ceremony, and to become a Junior Academy member. Learn more about the winning solutions here.


The Challenge

In this sixty (60) day innovation challenge, participants ages 13-18 who reside in India will have the opportunity to form virtual teams and work with experts from the Infosys Science Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences. You may compete as an individual, or as part of a team.  Solvers will be asked to develop and present ideas that utilize STEM to combat malnutrition among expectant mothers and children under five years of age.

As part of this challenge, participants will have access to a four-week online bootcamp that serves to prepare and inspire solvers through a series of curated learning resources and TEDx-style talks by leading industry experts. Go to: Infosys Science Foundation Challenge Bootcamp.

Once the challenge begins, you will have access to Launchpad, an online innovation platform designed to facilitate global collaboration and problem solving. Using Launchpad, solvers in multiple locations can work together to design solutions to challenges sponsored by top companies. For more information about Launchpad and the challenge, visit our FAQs.


*Source: World Food Programme

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The Infosys Science Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation established in 2009 to bring back the romance to research and science. Through the Infosys Prize, it recognizes six scientists or researchers each year for stellar work in their field by awarding them a prize of USD100,000, a gold medal and a citation by internationally renowned jury. Besides the Infosys Prize, The ISF runs other programs to excite interest and inspire the younger generation to look at science and research as a career option. For more information please visit http://www.infosys-science-foundation.com/

And the Grand Prize Goes To...

Team Podible

The solution designed by the team centers around the effective distribution of a nutrient pod. The pod can be used as a supplement for mid-day meals and provides one-third of the daily RDA recommended doses of iron, zinc, omega-3, folate and calcium. A single pod is capable of supplementing 50 mid-day meals and is simple to use. The team used this existing product idea and created a smart application and delivery mechanism so it reaches the target audience directly through the wide network of Anganwadis in the country.

Team Members: Leela Jay, 17, Vaels International School, Chennai, India; Kesava Kirupa Dinakaran, 18, UWC Mahindra College, Chennai, India; Prithve Shekar, 17, Excel Public School, Mysore, India; Arunima Sen, 16, KV IISc, Bangalore, India; and Sandeep Rao, 18, Excel Public School, Mysore, India.

Each member of the winning team will receive a scholarship of five hundred thousand Rupees (RS 5,00,000). They will be invited to travel to Bangalore to attend the Infosys Prize ceremony on January 5, 2019, and to visit the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) at Sriharikota to witness the launch of a rocket and receive membership to The Junior Academy of the New York Academy of Sciences in Fall 2019.

Team Podible at the Infosys Prize Ceremony in January, 2019

Runner Up:

Team Nutri-App

The team designed an app that gathers health data on mothers and children, links with health centers, and provides food coupons to those who may need additional nutrients.

Team Members: Aarzoo Kaveri Sen, 15, The Samhita Academy, Bangalore, India; Arnab Mishra, 15, The Samhita Academy, Bangalore, India; Pradhyumna Hayagriva Kadambi, 15, The Samhita Academy , Bangalore, India; Pratham Tikkisetty, 15, The Samhita Academy , Bangalore, India; and Sumvith Kiran, 15, The Samhita Academy , Bangalore, India.

The runner up team traveled to Bangalore to attend the Infosys Prize ceremony on January 5, 2019, and to visit the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) at Sriharkota to witness the launch of a rocket. Members of the runner up team will receive automatic acceptance into The Junior Academy of the New York Academy of Sciences in fall 2019.

Team Nutri-App at the Infosys Prize Ceremony in January, 2019