Competitions & Events

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Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation conducts competitions to raise awareness, increase participation, recognize talents and stimulate innovations.

The Circular Economy Challenge 2020

Date: 15 September 2020 – 11 December 2020

Supported by: EU-Resource Efficiency Initiative

Participants: 129 (58 applications received)

Ekonnect partnered with European Union’s Resource Efficiency Initiative (EUREI) to organize The Circular Economy Challenge 2020 to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Circular Economy. The three challenges announced were:  

  1. Avoiding single-use plastic and managing safe disposal in the wake of COVID-19
  2. Extending Product Life – Innovative repair and refurbishing services, smart waste sorting, and cleaning systems
  3. Business Models on Extended Producer Responsibility

The challenge received a total of 58 applications from 37 cities and 44 Institutions present across India and the European Union. 30 applications were shortlisted after an evaluation process which underwent multiple mentorship sessions to refine their business plans and improve their knowledge of the eco-inclusive business sector. Three winners were identified and offered a cash prize to further their ideas.

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Fueling Open Innovation for Co-creating Social Innovations for Real Challenges

Date: January 2020 – June 2020

Partners: LetsEndorse Development Pvt. Ltd.

Supported by: ThoughtWorks, India

Participants: 234 (114 applications received)

A social hackathon was conducted on 4 challenges related to Sustainable Development Goals. The 4 social challenge statements included early epidemic detection, boosting organic farming, generating livelihoods from waste and promoting road safety, respectively.  Several student teams from over 60 academic institutions across India, submitted hundreds of ideas in response to the challenge statements. 4 winning teams and 4 runner-up teams were awarded grants to further their idea after the final pitching session.

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Pic Your  Tree

Ekonnect knowledge foundation conducted a ‘cell phone photo contest’ on Earth day. The aim was to raise awareness amongst the citizens about the trees in their neighbourhoods, near their offices, schools and hospitals.

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Year: April 2016

Location: Mumbai

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Year: April 2016

Location: Mumbai

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Year: April 2016

Location: Mumbai

ANVAYA

ANVAYA "means positive action" Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation conducted short film competitions with the purpose to generate citizen-level awareness on sustainability-related issues/opportunities and promote solutions that are replicable and scalable.

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ANVAYA 1.0

Theme: Waste to Resource

In partnership with- St Paul Institute of Communications

Year: 2014

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ANVAYA 2.0

Theme: No Water No Life

In partnership with- Xavier Institute of Communications

Year: 2015

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ANVAYA 3.0

Theme: Green Products Green Living

In partnership with- St Paul Institute of Communications

Year: 2016

PRAKRUTEE

Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation conducted an event to sensitize youth and citizens to eco-sensitive building design. The participant teams were exposed to structured  learning, discussion sessions and interactive meetings with the citizens to come up with green building designs.

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Year: January 2009

Location: Mumbai

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Year: January 2009

Location: Pune

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Year: January 2009

Location: Pune

To know more about events contact  sivaranjani@ekonnect.net

 

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Email: prasad.modak@ekonnect.net

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