Akshaya Patra – For our next generation

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Akshaya Patra is the largest mid-day meal program on the planet –  feeding 1.2 million children a hot lunch at school everyday.

Close to 8.1 million underprivileged children in India are out of school and into child labour in order to earn a single meal in a day. (Source:www.worldbank.org.in). The surest way to break out of the cycle of poverty is through education. Education can significantly improve the quality of life of a family for generations to come. When the basic needs of a child, such as food are not met, education often becomes the last priority.

Akshaya Patra is helping underprivileged children by providing them with a healthy, balanced meal that they would otherwise have to work for. The meal is an incentive for them to continue their education. It helps reduce the dropout rate to an enormous extent and increases classroom attendance.

Find out more about the insights that the Akshaya Patra team has learnt from the field, and how they scaled their operations to serve such an unbelievable number of children everyday. To learn more about this challenge (and several others), check out the hackathon here.

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World Bank – Where’s the money?

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An auto-rickshaw driver outside the World Bank office in Chennai openly wondered – “They have no ATMs?”  Jokes apart, the World Bank can be a distant entity for some.

How can the World Bank’s data be made more comprehensible for common citizens to track money for development projects in their local contexts: for both public and private sector? Is there a possibility to provide feedback on projects and contracts to ensure that funds are being spent for the intended purposes? Can an application help mobilize citizens in specific locations to visit projects and share their feedback on contracts data?

Find out more about the World Bank’s financing and projects in India – and help get the most of development funding. To learn more about this challenge (and several others), check out the hackathon here .

Aakash – What’s the latest?

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With several no-name manufacturers in Asia churning out tablets for less than $60 and with big companies like HP, Samsung and Intel working towards bringing high quality tablets for less than $100 this holiday season, how do you think the Aakash be improved in its hardware aspects and at the same time remain in its cost category?

We have a detailed list of specs that interested participants can go through to hammer out the best possible configuration, given the cost constraints.

To learn more about this challenge (and several others), check out the hackathon here.

The Parishudh Initiative – Nudge

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The Parishudh Initiative aims to increase access to sanitation infrastructure in rural Northern Karnataka.

One of the reasons why construction projects in rural areas are not up to speed is that the government incentives announced do not reach the families on time. How can we nudge government departments who run important development-focused programs to complete their deliverables on time?

Find out more about the insights that the Parishudh team has learnt from the field, and how to start nudging the government to deliver. To learn more about this challenge (and several others), check out the hackathon here.