NASSCOM Foundation and Mphasis Look towards Bangalore to Become a Social Innovation Hub
Bangalore, September 21, 2017: Bangalore is known as the start-up hub of India accounting for the maximum number of start-ups in the country. But slowly and gradually, it is making its mark in the Social Innovation space as well.
As NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum – India’s Largest Social InnovationPlatform, steps into its 10th edition, NASSCOM Foundation, along with itspartner and Mphasis is hopeful that like the last few years, Bangalore willcome up with some breath taking innovations across the categories of FinancialInclusion, Healthcare, Environment, Education, accessibility and other socialissues.
In the past, Bangalore has given India some really amazing socialinnovations that the whole country could be proud of.
One such innovation in the education space that addresses and keeps a trackof the learnings of an underserved child – Vchalk was one of the NASSCOMSocial Innovation winners in 2016.
Vchalk has developed a comprehensive learning progress trackingtool that makes learning progress for each child visible. The cross platformtool creates an individual profile for each child and allows teachers to recordattendance, track skill development in real time and generate reports whennecessary. The organisation also encourages parents of under privilegedstudents to get engaged with their child’s learning through IVRS calls whereparents will be guided in their local language to ask children specificquestions to understand and assess skill development.
The tool works within a larger set up to provide a remedial program for many ofthe private schools. Targeted at students from 3rd-5th standard theorganisation takes the burden of the school by training instructors to usetheir remedial curriculum, equipping instructors with course material andtracking students growth after the remedial program is implemented using thevChalk technology.
In a recent study UNESCO has advised that all students should be taught ina language that they understand, unfortunately 40% of children globally do nothave this luxury. Especially in a country as linguistically diverse as India,children especially from lower income backgrounds face a serious dearth oflearning material and books in local languages. Publishers tend to getintimidated by the sheer volume of books they would need to publish in thedifferent languages to effectively solve the problem. Given that a majority ofthis overlooked population belongs to the lower income section of society, thereturn on investment for publishers is seen as far too low.
StoryWeaver, created by Pratham Books and NASSCOM SocialInnovation Forum Winner for 2017, is India’s first digital, open source repository ofmultilingual children’s stories. StoryWeaver provides users with an array oftools to help them read, translate, create, download, share and print contentfor free.
The repository currently contains over 2200 stories in 52 languages and isavailable globally. In less than one year the platform has had over 100,000unique visitors with its stories being read over 200,000 times. Through it’soutreach programs StoryWeaver has impacted another 150,000 children. Theorganisation estimates it’s readership in one year as 800,000.
NASSCOM Foundation is confident that Bangalore can produce many moretechnology based innovative solutions that can bring about a positive changeacross the country and urges all social enterprises and NGOs with similarsolutions to apply for NSIF at www.nsif.in.
This year with support from Mphasis, NSIF will award catalyticgrants of 10 Lakhs to strongest tech innovations that are creating radicalsocial impact in areas of Financial Inclusion, Healthcare, Environment,Education and Accessibility.
The projects will also be provided with a 12-month Support to ScaleMentoring by experts in the industry as well as access to NASSCOM Foundation’snetwork of tech for good leaders in the country.
Applications for NSIF are open from 21stSeptember 2017 till 31st October, 2017.