Design your Ahmedabad Challenge was an initiative by EDI & eChai Ventures that took place on 8th March, 2014 at EDI campus as a part of the Empresario 2014 to address the civic issues in the city. Its aim was to make Ahmedabad a better place to live in by engaging entrepreneurs, professionals, academicians, students, and civic authorities to build solutions for the civic challenges faced by the people of Ahmedabad.
Initially all the participants pitched their ideas that included problems, potential solutions and how they are willing to contribute. Some of the ideas suggested were for promoting responsible traffic and parking behavior, clean air awareness campaign, clean public toilets and waste management among other issues. These ideas were then brainstormed upon and finally thirteen projects were selected and the participants who proposed these ideas will lead the projects in implementation.
Out of all these projects, top 5 were voted as winners by the participants.
The projects are:
1. RIDE SENSE. PRIDE SENSE –
Sticker Campaign for promoting responsible traffic and parking behavior by Pathik Jhalavadia, Tech Entrepreneur
2. LET’s GO!–
Car Pool/ Ride Sharing for events by Deep Patel, Budding Entrepreneur
3. CLEAN KAR CAMPAIGN–
Clean air awareness campaign. On-ground activities with volunteers + videos, pamphlets, social media etc. by Nishit Jariwala, Student Entrepreneur, Founder, BuddyBits.com
4. KAKA PROJECT–
Text and/or voice enabled mobile app to access information about institutions, processes etc. starting with Public Transport by Shivam Dhruva, Tech Entrepreneur
5. MENTOR VENTURES–
Online and Offline resource to link mentors & New Ventures – by Vishesh Bansal, Lawyer
These five shortlisted teams will be invited to present their work at ‘Design Your Ahmedabad’ conference to be hosted on 5th April where prominent people from the city are expected to participate. Top 2 winners judged by the jury will be given the Rs. 10k cash prize each.
Know more about it: http://designyourahmedabad.com/