Samsung India announced last June an innovation and education program called Solve for Tomorrow. It aims to find and present innovative technological solutions to solve real-world problems.
The company said today that Solve for Tomorrow has received more than 18,000 entries from young people in cities, towns and villages who are eager to turn their ideas into action. The top 50 teams from the youth competition, which is being held for the first time in India, will participate in a bootcamp at IIT Delhi, where they will be trained in design thinking and prototyping and present their ideas before an expert Samsung jury.
Among the top 50 teams, 62% want to solve health problems, 22% want to tackle environmental challenges, 10% are focused on agriculture-related problems, and 6% want to solve education-related problems.
The three national winners of the competition have a chance to get mega support of up to Rs one crore and mentorship support for six months to take their ideas to the next level under the expert guidance of IIT Delhi.
What do participants stand to gain?
The 50 teams chosen, with young people aged between 16 and 22, now move on to the next phase of ‘Solve for Tomorrow’, where they will further develop their ideas. At this stage, they will receive training on the concept of design thinking through online courses and at a bootcamp at IIT Delhi. Each of the 50 teams will also host a fellow IIT Delhi campus during the three-day bootcamp. Samsung said that over two days at IIT Delhi, experienced experts will guide teams on how to build their first prototype and effectively present their ideas before an expert Samsung jury on the 3rd. The jury will select the top 10 teams for the final presentation. event in November 2022.
Participants who entered the competition were inspired by its innovations in all areas of society, including events from last year, with ideas for dealing with waste management, waste of electricity and water, plastic waste in the oceans, speech disorders , agricultural rodents as well as pandemic prediction and the creation of an affordable ECG device. Many of the solutions suggested by the teams will use new-age technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence and augmented reality.
Along with the bootcamp, the top 50 teams will also receive a certificate of participation and vouchers worth Rs 100,000 for online courses on design thinking, STEM, innovation, leadership and more.
The top 10 teams will have the opportunity to visit Samsung’s India offices and R&D centers, where they will interact with young Samsung employees and researchers. They will also experience the Samsung product ecosystem at the Samsung Opera House in Bangalore.