Start-up Governance

Leading up to the 2014 General Elections, the Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation hosted Start-up Weekend at the Vihara Innovation Campus. The theme for this Start-Up Weekend Delhi, supported by NASSCOM 10,000 Start-ups initiative, was ‘Governance’. Between the 11th and 13th of April 2014, over 40 participants at Startup Weekend collaborated to develop innovative and fresh ideas to address the challenges of governance. Below is a list of the seven start-up ideas that emerged as the most popular.

i-Teach
A website that serves as a social media platform to empower teachers to make connections with other educators, share learning material, monitor job portals for vacancies, catch up with the latest research and collaborate with other academicians. The site also trains teachers to use various web based tools and allows them to keep themselves motivated by staying up to date with the latest innovations in education.

Happy Grievance
A public grievance portal and analytics platform, that provides segregated information and opportunities to entrepreneurs, government, local politicians and non-governmental organisations.

Clean Advertising
A “Use ME to advertise YOU”, business model that uses dead space on dustbins across the city to help a company attract its target market. Using CSR funds, this model allows the companies to earn goodwill, take ownership of the sad state ofgarbage in cities across the country, at the same time reach its target audience.

HopQ
An app based service that will help reduce stress on transaction queues often found in places like busy metro stations. This app works in a manner similar to swipe or transaction cards that allow users avoid payment queues. Through this app, physical tokens will be substituted with online remote transactions, using QR codes that can be scanned in real-time at designated locations.

Juicy Visualizer
A website or app based engine for visual representation of scattered data to make better and informed decisions. The tool helps draw inferences from any input data coming from any source for just about any query. The inferences from the data are then presented visually so as to assist in the decision making process.

Reality Reporters
A GIS and Google Maps based app that works as a monitoring and reporting tool for grievance redressal catering to the general population of an area.

Pindrop
An app that uses area pin codes to search for the relevant government officials and their contact details so that a user can seek redress for an issue or a grievance at hand. In case, the relevant official is not responsive, or a user is dissatisfied with the response/solution, the issue is auto-escalated to a senior official. Issues that have been raised can also be viewed as they are sorted by pin code and city.

* Start-up Weekend is a global movement started to inspire, education and empower individuals, teams and communities, to come together over a weekend long workshop to pitch, and eventually collaborate on their start-up ideas. Startup Weekend Governance Edition was held on 11th April 2014, at the Vihara Innovation Campus, New Delhi.

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