Indian Students Win $60,000 Grand Prize at the Dell Social

Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Friday, May 17, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) 
Dell announced today that a team of students from India received the $60,000
grand prize at the Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC 2013) for its project
Solar Conduction Dryer. Shortlisted from more than 2,600 projects ideas that
addressed issues impacting more than 110 countries, five finalists convened in
Austin this week to compete for the cash prize as part of the DSIC. The DSIC
recognizes undergraduate and graduate students from around the world who
envision, create and implement social innovation projects that help communities
around the world.  
The winning team comprising two Indian students, Shital Somani and Vaibhav Tidke
from Mumbai, was adjudged the grand prize winner for its project Solar
Conduction Dryer. The project aims at addressing the 20 to 30 percent food
spoilage rate for poor rural Indian farmers via cost-effective dehydrators
powered by solar conduction. The innovation will enable farmers to keep more of
their crops and sell dehydrated fruits and vegetables as another income source.  
The other four 2013 finalists included: 
-- Foot Soldiers: In second place, Foot Soldiers received $40,000 to sell
affordable shoes for the 48 million Bangladeshi who cannot afford proper
footwear and are thus at risk for various diseases associated with bare feet.
The project will use rubber tires that are currently thrown away or burnt as
Bangladesh's car population rises. 
-- In third place, received $20,000 to
create a “401k for charity” by helping people make payroll contributions to
tax-exempt micro-foundation accounts from which they can give funds over time to
nonprofits. The project will help companies run simple, engaging workplace
giving campaigns. 
-- The final two finalists, Semka Biomedical Technologies and Citizen Power /
Sunriding, received $10,000 each to launch their ideas. Semka, from Mexico, is
developing a device capable of performing non-invasive tumor biopsies through
blood extraction. Citizen Power, a German team, is building a peer-to-peer
online social platform for crowdsourcing urban solar installations. 
The five finalists participated in networking and mentoring opportunities with
social innovation leaders and the final pitches to vie for the grand prize. They
presented their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of judges comprising business
leaders, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and the winner was selected
following the pitches. 
The DSIC identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate
themselves to solving some of the world's most pressing problems with their
transformative ideas. The Challenge provides students with world-class teaching
and training, as well as start-up capital and access to a network of mentors and
advisers. Entries are judged on three primary criteria: clarity of the
innovation and significance of social impacts potentials; demonstration of a
high probability of success; and potential impact from winning DSIC.  
“Two of the most powerful forces in the world are innovation and
entrepreneurship. The Dell Social Innovation Challenge empowers students to
become innovators and entrepreneurs. Through our competition, university
students from any country are inspired to tackle the issues they are most
passionate about and are equipped with the tools and training to bring their
ideas to life. This year we will provide mentorship or seed funding to more than
250 teams whose projects span multiple issues, including health, energy,
poverty, education and much more. Through our program students are able to
create the jobs they want while building the world they want at the same
time”, said Suzi Sosa, DSIC executive director and associate director, RGK
“Dell was founded in a dorm room, and the spirit of entrepreneurship runs deep
in our company's DNA. We know that students can change the world, and we're
excited to support them with technology, mentorship, networking and funding that
can bring their ideas to life”, said Trisa Thompson, Dell's vice president of
corporate responsibility. 
“Our Solar Conduction Dryer will act as a boon for the farmers and fishermen
with poor access to electricity. The platform provided by DSIC will help us in
scaling up our technology to reach the farmers and thus provide them with a
revolutionary sustainable technology, to cope up with the agrarian crisis and
prosper”, said Shital Somani with Solar Conduction Dryer. 
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About Dell Social Innovation Challenge 
The Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC), identifies and supports promising
young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world's most
pressing problems with their transformative ideas. DSIC, which is the flagship
social entrepreneurship initiative of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and
Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas
at Austin, provides university students with world-class teaching and training,
as well as with start-up capital and access to a network of mentors and
advisors. For more information, visit 
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Grand Prize Winner - Solar Conduction Dryer 
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