To realize the government’s vision of a “New India”, innovation in cutting edge technologies is critical. Equally important to this transformation is data, which is transforming our lives and will be the currency of the future. We need to leverage the power of big and fast data towards achieving the national priorities. Western Digital is extremely excited to partner with Startup India and Invest India to contribute towards realizing this vision. Together, we will provide a grand platform for young innovators to contribute towards solving key issues of national importance, by leveraging the power of data. The initiative is equally designed to help students and budding entrepreneurs to not just showcase their ideas but build them into successful businesses. Overall, Data Innovation Bazaar is an unparalleled opportunity for India’s young minds, with a chance to win attractive prizes and mentorship. 

About Western Digital: Western Digital is the world’s leading data storage solutions provider with revenues over $20 billion. It designs, manufactures and sells data technology products, including storage devices, data center systems and cloud storage services. Headquartered in California, some of Western Digital’s brands include SanDisk, WD, G-Technology, and Tegile. Western Digital has had a heritage of innovation in the industry with over 14,000 patents and has a major R&D Center of Excellence in Bengaluru, with over 2000 employees.

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Phases of the Challenge

Phase I – Online Applications

The receipt and processing of applications for the challenge will open on September 19 until November 1, 2018. Upon processing the applications received, the sponsors at their sole discretion shall invite forty (40) teams to present their innovative ideas and concepts. This will take place at a marquee venue (yet to be confirmed) in New Delhi as part of Phase II described below.

Phase II – Data Innovation Bazaar Presentation

Phase II of the challenge involves a presentation by the teams selected in Phase I. All selected teams participating will showcase their solution in a bazaar like specially designed format, to a panel of select industry experts and academia.  

Problem Statements in Challenge

The Challenge looks to encourage the creation of solutions and products that use the power of data to address the issues identified by the following problem statements:

1.       Create initiatives that seek to provide affordable, sustainable enrolment and access to educational programs at scale

2.       Develop new models of improving air quality in urban areas

3.       Establish affordable, effective systems of access to scalable, quality healthcare and healthcare records

4.       Create solutions that seek to provide safe and smart mobility in the transportation sector

5.       Develop effective and affordable uses of clean and renewable energy in everyday use and applications


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