TechEmerge Resilience India

The Global Tech Challenge, launched at CES 2020, is presented by CES® and the World Bank Group. TechEmerge India is also sponsored by the Government of India's National Disaster Management Authority.

 

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TECHNOLOGIES FOR DISASTER RESILIENCE AND RESPONSE

About the Challenge

Communities in India, especially the most vulnerable, are facing simultaneous crises from both the COVID-19 pandemic and the monsoon and cyclone season, and frontline workers and disaster agencies are overwhelmed.

Two Tracks: Immediate and Long-Term

To help address both the immediate need for disaster response during the COVID-19 outbreak and the longer-term need to build disaster and climate resilience, the TechEmerge Resilience India challenge is divided into two tracks with unique timelines: 

We invite applications for solutions using emerging or disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), drones, 3D printing, digital platforms and more.

Benefits for Innovators

Selected innovators will receive the following: 

  • Up to $1 million USD in grant funding, supported by the UK’s Department for International Development, toward the implementation of solutions.
  • Recognition at CES 2021 (top five solutions only).
  • Support from the World Bank Group during the market entry and deployment process to mitigate financial and operational risks.
  • Membership in "Tech Investments for Good," a growing tech community that aims to respond to similar resilience challenges in other World Bank Group projects.

Why India Needs Resilience Solutions

2%

GDP lost due to disasters


12%

central government’s revenue is lost due to disasters


$1T

invested in climate-smart and resilient infrastructure and systems by 2025



Resilience to Climate Change and Disasters

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Although India has made remarkable progress in saving lives through proactive disaster preparedness and risk reduction, India is also looking at building greater resilience of its communities and infrastructure to extreme events through the use of emerging technologies.

Through consultations with interested government partners, we identified five thematic areas for disruptive technology solutions: 

  • Risk information and analytics for resilience.
  • Post-disaster restoration.
  • Hyperlocal hazard detection and early warning systems. 
  • Localized data analytics for community-level resilience and response. 
  • Integrated platform for climate and disaster vulnerability information and risk financing. 


If the innovator's company is based outside India, a local partner is desirable.


Selection Process

Shortlisted tech companies will attend a pitch bootcamp where they will receive mentoring, as needed.

The companies will pitch to the Indian Disaster Management Authorities that are potential adopters. 

Participants who meet the challenge criteria will be invited to pilot their solutions in the respective Indian states, with the chance to commercialize successful pilots.


COVID-19 Fast Track:  Disaster Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Application period has ended.

The need to adapt and innovate is urgent to support India's national, state and district disaster management authorities in preparing for and responding to monsoons and cyclones while also conforming to the precautionary measures required to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

We are looking for disruptive technology solutions that are scalable, tested and ready to deploy in the following areas:

  • Integrated health and disaster data solutions.
  • Disaster preparedness and response measures for populations on the move and high-risk communities.
  • Pandemic and disaster risk analytics and communication, automated early warnings, automated and remote damage assessments.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Proven, well-tested product, with at least some commercial installations.
  • Ready to deploy in India by early July 2020.
  • Demonstrated managerial capacity and scalability.
  • Ability to immediately allocate time and resources to participate in the project and deploy solutions in India.
  • Meets the needs of Indian Disaster Management Authorities to deal with the imminent disasters in the current COVID-19 context.


If the innovator's company is based outside India, a local partner is desirable.

Selection Process

The shortlisted tech companies uwith proven, ready-to-deploy solutions will be directly matched with interested Indian Disaster Management Authorities by mid-July.

Selected companies will immediately deploy solutions for the monsoon season.

More About TechEmerge Resilience India

The World Bank Group (WBG) is partnering with CES to launch a global challenge for tech innovators interested in bringing their solutions to emerging markets to help states, cities and communities reduce — and build their resilience to — climate and disaster risks.

This global challenge, also presented by the Government of India's National Disaster Management Authority, aims to catalyze the adoption of innovative and disruptive technologies to leapfrog government efforts for disaster risk identification, risk reduction, disaster preparedness, response, recovery and overall resilience building.

Although India has made remarkable progress in saving lives through proactive disaster preparedness and risk reduction, India is also looking at building greater resilience of its communities and infrastructure to extreme events through the use of emerging technologies.
 

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