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India is home to over 60 million persons with disability. With lack of Government support, access to assistive technologies and expensive treatments, disability has remained a largely unaddressed social challenge. ICT is now being widely adopted to provide affordable, scalable solutions in the area of assistive technologies, making the world we live in more inclusive for Persons with Disabilities (PwD’s).

Solutions include but are not limited to:

  •  Low cost solutions that use touch, voice and movement.
  • Wearable safety devices.
  • Voice to text solutions, online advocacy forums
  • Technologies that create an enabling environment for Persons with Disabilities and render daily activities accessible. i.e- boarding a bus, walking and navigation, conversation, reading etc.
  • E-learning solutions for children with learning disabilities have made education accessible to the masses.
  • ICT based training for PwD’s

Through the advent of technology, Internet penetration and increased adoption of smart devices, the way students learn has started changing. Technology has played a key role in disrupting the education sector and will continue to shape it by offering better accessibility, distribution and
formats of educational content delivery. It is only through technology that we can solve the three core issues of the education sector—access to quality education, effective learning and personalization—at scale. The use of technologies to enhance educational outcomes and promote
social inclusion in education has also been one of the main goals driven by the India Government. The ‘NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum – Mphasis Education category will invite applications from innovators that have created tech solutions in the area of Education.
Solutions include but are not limited to:

  • Primary Education, Secondary Education & Higher Education
  • Knowledge Dissemination/Awareness
  • Skill Development
  • Vocational Training
  • Capacity building & training Programs
  • Any other in line with the above

A collective conscience and economic model is resurgent across the world with respect to natural resources and climate change.

India will be at the forefront to ‘Beat the Plastic Pollution’ as the host of the World Environment Day in 2018. Its global leadership in fostering high growth and capacity in indigenous renewable energy production is evident from India’s power programme target of having 175 GW of green energy sources by 2022, in accordance with COP21 Paris accords.

Our entrepreneurs and companies have undertaken reduction of emissions across channels seriously. They have built bottom-up collaborations with governing bodies/corporates for amplifying environmental efforts and confronting traditional silos. They have unlocked their best practices innovations and integrated them with the hyper-connected world to bring forth viable tech solutions.


Most of the people in villages earn their living either through agriculture or handicrafts. Since the land available to each family has remained the same and the number of family members has grown, supporting all of them through agriculture alone is becoming difficult. Technology solutions that help increase an income of a common indian citizen through better irrigation systems, soil health analysis, creation of better goto market tools and apps, weather predictors, etc. can help create a better living standard. All technology products and solutions that can encourage young people at the bottom of the pyramid to start their own ventures by providing them training and finance while alleviating poverty are also welcome.


Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. With over 70% of the population located in rural settings and living below the poverty line, the availability of quality healthcare remains a struggle for a majority of India’s population. Over the years, the inordinate potential of ICT has been leveraged in digitizing the delivery of healthcare
to the masses.

Solutions include but are not limited to:

  •  Health & Sanitation
  • ICT based innovations that bring affordable healthcare solutions to the masses
  • Mobile technologies that provide vital health information to community members and health workers
  • Maternity, Child Care & Old Age
  • Women Health
  • Hospital
  • Other Well-being projects.
  • Any other in line with the above

A disaster is an event or series of events that leads to sudden disruption of normal life, causing severe damage to life and property to an extent, that available social and economic protection mechanism are inadequate to cope. Disasters could be, natural (geological, hydro-meteorological and biological) or induced by human processes (environmental degradation and technological hazards). While we cannot prevent an earthquake or a hurricane from occurring, or a volcano from erupting, we can apply the scientific knowledge and technical know-how to issue early warnings. Technology solutions can also help in search and rescue in a disaster hit area, create ease of access for food, water and medicine supplies, hasten the process to recovery and normalcy. All solutions around predicting and managing disasters to limit its affect are welcome.

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