TCS Sets Up Open In­no­va­tion Cen­tre to Solve So­cial Prob­lems

The Economic Times - - Companies - Priyanka.San­gani @times­group.com

Pune: Tata Con­sul­tancy Ser­vices, In­dia’s largest soft­ware ser­vices com­pany, has set up an open in­no­va­tion cen­tre in Nashik to solve so­cial prob­lems in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. The cen­tre will seek to find ways to re­duce the num­ber of school dropouts, im­prove soil and wa­ter health, and ease park­ing woes in the city, among other ini­tia­tives.

The chal­lenges are open to stu­dents, early-stage star­tups and even in­di­vid­ual en­trepreneurs who can come up with in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions, the com­pany said. The phys­i­cal and on­line ini­tia­tive Dig­i­tal Im­pact Square (DIS), kicked off on March 1, has 40 in­no­va­tors work­ing on 11 projects.

Ha­sit Kaji, head-spe­cial ini­tia­tives at TCS told ET that by June the num­ber of in­no­va­tors at the cen­tre will go up to 100.

“We have se­lected seven so­cial themes based on in­ter­ac­tions with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and ad­min­is­tra­tion and crafted a set of chal­lenges,” he said. The seven themes are health and hy­giene, food and agri­cul­ture, cit­i­zen em­pow­er­ment and trans­parency, trans­port and hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and skills, en­ergy, wa­ter and en­vi­ron­ment, and fi­nan­cial and per­sonal se­cu­rity. The Emerg­ing Worlds Spe­cial In­ter­est Group at the MIT Me­dia Lab is work­ing with TCS to iden­tify new re­search ar­eas rel­e­vant to the chal­lenges as well as men­tor­ing the in­no­va­tors.

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