The 4th National Conference on Social Innovation took place on the 17th of November. Dr. Vikas Amte, Chief Secretary and Functionary of Maharogi Sewa Samiti inaugurated the conference.
The themes for the conference were Tribal, Rural and Urban innovations. The NCSI team at PIC began with an outreach initiative to reach out to grass-root innovators. PIC’s knowledge partners such as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) extended great support to PIC for this initiative. BAIF Development & Research Foundation also strongly facilitated the outreach activity.
After a 3-staged evaluation process, 18 finalists were chosen to present at the conference and they drew representation from various regions of India such as Gujarat, Telangana, Delhi, Karnataka, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
On the 16th of November, a special workshop with a legal expert, Advocate Manoj Wadekar of Wadekar & Associates was organised for the innovators. The objective of the workshop was to inform innovators on essential legal requirements that need to be met, in order to satisfy CSR mandates and attract funding for further scaling-up of their innovation.
The 18 finalists displayed great authenticity and diversity in their presentations. They enthralled the audience with their creative ideas, passion and humour.
Around 400 people attended the conference this year. CSR representatives of over 35 corporate houses such as Forbes Marshall, the Tata Trusts, Bharat Forge, Praj Industries, KPIT, Siemens, Mahindra, Lupin, Reliance, etc were present at the conference and they listened intently to the innovators.
It was heartening to witness the positive impact of the conference when two of the innovators from NCSI-2016, Krishna Thiruvengadam and Yogesh Malkhare, received support for their initiatives and innovations from few organisations present at the conference. A formal report on the NCSI-2016 was also released at the first Social Innovation Forum (SIF), which was held in March 2017.