- Top 3 teams were announced at the Grand Finale held in New Delhi after a rigorous process of screening thousands of applications, extensive training and mentoring
- The top 10 teams received a flagship Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 smartphone and INR 100000 each as a prize
GURUGRAM, India: Samsung India has announced the top three winning teams of Solve for Tomorrow 2023, its youth education and innovation competition. The winning teams are NIT Surat, which has developed an automated beach-cleaning robot called Sweep; Stemly, which has developed a conversational AI tool to help women choose STEM and Think, which has built a personal cooling device called ‘Kavach’ for those who work outdoors. The three teams received a total prize money of INR 1.5 crore to further improve their ideas and turn them into reality.
The flagship CSR programme, Samsung Solve for Tomorrow, aims to empower the youth of the country to solve real life issues and transform the lives of people with their innovative ideas.
The winning teams were also awarded a certificate and a trophy, inspired by the spirit of innovation that the programme symbolises. All members of the Top 10 teams also received a certificate from Samsung, IIT Delhi and MeitY Startup Hub. They were also given Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy Z Flip5 smartphone and a cash prize of INR 100000.
NIT Surat’s Aditi Tapariya, Harshil Mistry and Vaibhav Gupta presented an automated robot called Sweep that cleans waste from beaches while Stemly’s Yash Yadav showcased a conversational AI tool that solves gender bias by helping women choose STEM subjects. Mukkabir Rahman, Ankush Yadav, Varsha KJ of Think have made a wearable device that prevents individuals from experiencing extreme heat and cold.
The three winning teams were selected after the Grand Finale event in New Delhi where the top 10 teams of the competition made their final pitches and showcased their prototypes to the Grand Jury. The Grand Jury comprised of Mr. Mohan Rao Goli, Chief Technology Officer, Samsung R&D Institute, Bangalore; Mr. Shombi Sharp, United Nations Resident Coordinator in India and Dr. Archana Chugh, Professor, Kusuma School of Biological Sciences, IIT Delhi.
The finale event conducted in two parts – pitches by the Top 10 teams and awards ceremony – was attended by top executives and employees of Samsung, the Grand Jury, and representatives from the Foundation for Innovation & Technology Transfer (FITT), IIT Delhi and mentors of the 10 teams.
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2023 journey started in April this year when Samsung invited ideas from 16-22-year-olds to solve problems around four themes – Education & Learning, Health & Wellness, Environment & Sustainability and Diversity & Inclusion. Over 6,500 teams from across 500 cities, towns and villages submitted their ideas of which the Top 30 teams were selected. These teams went through an intense bootcamp at IIT Delhi followed by a pitch in front of a Samsung jury to select the Top 10 teams.
The Top 10 teams, representing 25 young innovators, came from cities as diverse as Maharajganj in Uttar Pradesh, Lakhimpur and Golaghat in Assam, Darjeeling in West Bengal, Surat and Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Ernakulam in Kerala, besides Chennai and Delhi.
Presenting the trophy and the prize money to the winners, Mr. JB Park, President & CEO, Samsung Southwest Asia said: “Youth has the power to think out of the box and bring innovations to life. Samsung Solve for Tomorrow is a platform to nurture this thinking and we are extremely proud to see young innovators have the ambition to change the world and transform the lives of people. We congratulate all the winners of Solve for Tomorrow 2023 and wish them the best for an exciting journey ahead. At Samsung, we firmly believe that each one of the young innovators hold the promise of contributing significantly to India’s growth story.”
“Solve for Tomorrow is creating an exciting community of young innovators and we are delighted to partner with Samsung to encourage these innovators to find solutions to some of the most pressing problems of the society today,” said Prof. Rangan Banerjee, Director, IIT Delhi.
“The young teams of Solve for Tomorrow 2023 have really outdone themselves. They have shown that the youth of today really want to contribute to making the lives of people better with their innovations. The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow initiative is turning into an incubator-of-sorts for these young innovators who will build a new India,” said Mr. Jeet Vijay, CEO, MeitY Startup Hub.