TCS Sets Up Open Innovation Centre to Solve Social Problems
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.