What is a Smart Village?

“A Smart Village is a community empowered by Digital Technologies &

Open Innovation Platforms to access Global Markets” – Professor Solomon Darwin

Objectives

Empower the Rural Population in India:

To develop the next generation of disruptive digital technologies and business models through open innovation. Identify and solve major rural problems by bringing together a diverse group of developers, data scientists, makers, business analysts, university students, and visionaries.

How Can Start-Ups Participate?

Program Objective:

Empower Start-ups to flourish in a scalable market.

Value Proposition for Growing Start-ups:

1. Access to 466 villages to test products for scalability
2. Network opportunity with Silicon Valley firms and Global Brands
3. International Visibility
4. Business Model Consulting with Berkeley & Stanford Faculty
5. Infrastructure to pivot and fine-tune offerings to 466 villages
6. Exposure to vast untapped and scalable markets
7. Education about new government programs to enable growth
8. Collaborations with an ecosystem of universities, government entities and enterprises.

Growing start-up that already have a product developed that has demonstrated traction with customers may showcase their products at the Hackcelerator event on Aug 29/30 for evaluation by the judges. Winning firms are allowed to participate in Smart Villages Project Phase 2. Our Berkeley team in India will pivot your offering in 466 State-Approved Villages for adapting the offering and developing the right business model for scaling.

How does the pivoting process work?

The process will be administered by Berkeley trained fellows. They will perform three pivots on your offering. Your product or service will be introduced through a face-to-face interaction to rural population in 466 state-approved villages to test for traction.  An optimal structure has been created for feedback and response mechanism for corporates to adapt your offering through three separate reiterations over the course of six months (September 2017 – March 2018).  The process is meant to develop optimal business models that will serve the people, your firm, the government and the planet.  Business model consulting will provided by Berkeley faculty at no cost during the pivoting period. The project is a part of the UC Berkeley research program to study and develop optimal models with no commercial interest.

The Way Forward – Post Smart Villages Phase 2 

Successfully demonstrated offerings in the 466 villages can then be adopted for scaling to rest of the 36,000 villages in Andhra.

How Can University Students Participate?

Program Objective:

Empower Universities to inspire the next generation to build better business models

Value Proposition for Students:

Winning teams will receive the Chief Minister’s Innovation Award and will be allowed to participate in Phase 2 of the Berkeley-Andhra Scalable Smart Village Project.

Interested Students willing to work with participating universities to develop new technologies by signing up with one of the state and local universities participating in the Hackcelerator event. Students are expected to fill out the application below and express interest on one of the eight “Open Innovation Challenges” for evaluation. Qualified applications will be forwarded to the university that has signed up for that particular challenge.

How does the decision-making process work?

Decisions will be made by August 1st and a contact person at the university will be provided. Any college/university student can apply – there are no geographic restrictions. Groups consisting of eight students are formed by participating university. To incorporate open innovation, no more than two students are allowed to participate from the host university participating in the challenge in order to secure global talent outside of its ecosystem. Berkeley faculty will provide input in the selection process and finalize the teams.

The Way Forward – Post Smart Villages Phase 2 

Successfully demonstrated offerings in the 466 villages can then be adopted for scaling to rest of the 36,000 villages in Andhra.

How Can Corporates Participate?

Program Objective: 

Empower Global Brands to adapt their technologies to rural markets

Value Proposition for Corporates: 

Building relationships with local universities and participation in the Phase 2 of the Berkeley-Andhra Scalable Smart Village Project.

  1.  Access to 466 villages to test products for scalability
  2.  International Visibility
  3.  Business Model Consulting with Berkeley & Stanford Faculty
  4. Infrastructure to pivot and fine-tune offerings to 466 villages
  5. Exposure to vast untapped and scalable markets
  6.  Education about new government programs to enable growth
  7.  Collaborations with an ecosystem of universities, government entities and enterprises.

Corporates can participate in two ways:

  1. Participation in the Hackathon on August 29/30: Formulating a Challenge and offering access to their tools and platforms on with university students can build upon.
  2. Signing up to participate for Phase 2 of the Berkeley-Andhra Scalable Smart Village Project to pivot your existing or new products to scale by adapting it to the rural populations.

How does the pivoting process work in the Phase 2 of the Smart Village Project?

The process will be administered by Berkeley trained fellows. They will perform three pivots on your offering. Your product or service will be introduced through a face-to-face interaction to rural population in 466 state-approved villages to test for traction.  An optimal structure has been created for feedback and response mechanism for corporates to adapt your offering through three separate reiterations over the course of six months (September 2017 – March 2018).  The process is meant to develop optimal business models that will serve the people, your firm, the government and the planet.  Business model consulting will be provided by Berkeley faculty at no cost during the pivoting period. The project is a part of the UC Berkeley research program to study and develop optimal models with no commercial interest.

The Way Forward – Post Smart Villages Phase 2 

Successfully demonstrated offerings in the 466 villages can then be adopted for scaling to rest of the 36,000 villages in Andhra.

How Can Government Entities Participate?

Program Objective: 

Empower government entities to engage with universities and technology firms to further economic development.

Value Proposition for Corporates: 

Building relationships with local universities and participation in the Phase 2 of the Berkeley-Andhra Scalable Smart Village Project to empower their constituencies.

Government Entities can participate in two ways:

  1.  Attend the Hackathon on August 29/30 to observes what is available to empower their constituencies.
  2.  Support and be involved in Phase 2 Execution of the Berkeley-Andhra Scalable Smart Village Project

How does the pivoting process work in the Phase 2 of the Smart Village Project? 

The process will be administered by Berkeley trained fellows. They will perform three pivots on your offering. Your product or service will be introduced through a face-to-face interaction to rural population in 466 state-approved villages to test for traction.  An optimal structure has been created for feedback and response mechanism for corporates to adapt your offering through three separate reiterations over the course of six months (September 2017 – March 2018).  The process is meant to develop optimal business models that will serve the people, your firm, the government and the planet.  Business model consulting will provided by Berkeley faculty at no cost during the pivoting period. The project is a part of the UC Berkeley research program to study and develop optimal models with no commercial interest.

The Way Forward – Post Smart Villages Phase 2

Successfully demonstrated offerings in the 466 villages can then be adopted for scaling to rest of the 36,000 villages in Andhra.

Process, Steps, and Deadlines

1. Students from all Universities and Colleges will be invited to participate in the hackathon challenge
2. Groups of no more than six students for each challenge will need to be formed independently
3. Student Registration Deadline: Aug. 1st
4. Hackathon Challenge Solution submission to one of the 8 listed Challenges – deadline Aug. 10th
5. A brief of the group’s solution to rural problems along with a Business Model should be submitted to mentors – Aug. 15th
6. 30 teams will be selected & taught about Open innovation & Smart Village core concepts on virtual medium – Aug. 18th – 20th
7. Three mentors will select finalists for each challenge. Aug 25th
8. Hackathon day with mentors and corporations in Vijayawada – Aug. 29-30
9. Selected teams will receive award from CM. Aug 31

 

Registration Required by August 1st:

You must register by August 1st to be selected for a virtual pitch. You will have plenty of opportunities to refine your idea and/or join a team.

How Teams will be Formed

We would like to implement an “Open Innovation Process” to tap into the global brain of ideas.  Teams must be self-formed and self-selected for a good balance of talent and skill-set to address the challenge. The role of the mentor is to work with UC Berkeley faculty and staff at the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation in implementing the challenge.

Teams will have access to the following mentors:

Industry Representative:
Ganesan Narayanasamy
OpenPOWER leader in Education and Research IBM
phone : +1 914 204 2581
ganesana@in.ibm.com

Academic Representative
Prof. Iyyanki V. Muralikrishna
PhD (IISc-Bangalore} M Tech( IIT-Madras)
Dr. Raja Ramanna Distinguished Fellow Company NameDRDO, Hyderabad
Phone +91-9848049624
iyyanki@icorg.org

Government Representative
Judah Darwin
Smart Village Fellow (UC Berkeley – Andhra Pradesh Government)
jdarwin@berkeley.edu

UC Berkeley, Smart Village, Phase II Corporate Partners

Last year UC Berkeley and AP State signed an MoU on developing Smart Villages in Andhra. We did one prototype – see clips below – the Chief Minister visited the village and requested Berkeley to do 466 more villages to develop scalable business models that will benefit the rural populations as well as the multinational firms to business in the State. Last year over 22 Silicon Valley firms participated in Phase 1.
Open Innovation Challenges

We have identified eight distinct challenge areas where we are looking for solutions. Problem Framing and Scenarios for each challenge area are currently being developed by UC Berkeley faculty and students and will be posted by July 27th under each item below:

Challenge #1: Health Care
Challenge #2: Energy
Challenge #3: Communication/Connectivity
Challenge #4: Transportation
Challenge #5: Agriculture
Challenge #6: Entrepreneurship
Challenge #7: Education/Skill Development
Challenge #8: Safety & Security

Each of the eight challenges above will be assigned to a specific university within the State that will secure talent from the global pool of applicants. Berkeley faculty will assist in the selection process to finalize the teams.

 

Agenda

Day #1: Aug 29

  • 9am- 12pm: Seminars and Discussion Sessions by Berkeley and Stanford Faculty
  • 1pm – 5pm: Mentoring by eminent international and local faculty and international corporates

Day #2: Aug 30

  • 9am – 5pm: All day hackathon
  • 5pm- 6pm: Judging of submissions by international panels of judges.

Day #3: Aug 31

  • 9am5pm: India Open Innovation Forum – agenda attached
  • 5pm 6pm: Awards declared and presented by the Chief Minister
Judges

1. Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, Consul General of India – San Francisco, Silicon Valley
2. Antoni Vives Tomas, Chief Architect of Barcelona Smart City Project and Former Deputy Mayor.
3. Dr. Koneru Satyanarayana, President of KL University
4. Dr. Greg Schmidt, Director of NASA Space Sciences
5. Dr. Nagub Attia, Global Director of University Programs, Worldwide, IBM Corporation
6. Prof. Valli Kumari, CEO of Innovation Society, AP government
7. Prof. Solomon Darwin, Executive Director, Berkeley-Haas School of Business

What will be provided during the event?

1. Workspace/Environment
2. Food and drinks
3. Development platforms to support creation of an end-to-end solution
4. Expert business and financial planning assistance
5. Creation of a business model for your customer segment
6. Technology experts onsite to facilitate development
7. Evaluation of the solutions by industry experts
8. Awards granted by the Chief Minister to winning solution(s)

Awards & Recognitions
Eight awards (one for each challenge) that demonstrate the best models and solutions will be issued by the Chief Minister for further scaling.
Judging Criteria
1. Addressing a specific rural Pain Point 20%
2. Number of Open Innovation approaches employed 20%
3. Scalable/Effective Business Model 20%
4. Teamwork – 20%
5. Usability/UX – 10%
6. Quality of the Demo – 10%

For questions regarding logistics and all other Hackathon details, please contact:

Teja R P
Operations Manager
reddytejachowdary@gmail.com

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