VaxiBead - an innovative mobile healthcare platoform that keeps a track of vaccination details for the users and makes sure that each and every new born is vaccinated on time won the New Zealand-India Sustainability Challenge (NZISC). The project themed on "Sustainable Lifestyle" was brought to the forefront at the grand finale of the New Zealand - India Sustainability Challenge which was held by Education New Zealand, in association with premier New Zealand universities and the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) on December 7, 2017.
VaxiBead - an innovative mobile healthcare platoform that tracks vaccination details for the users and ensures that every new born is vaccinated on time won the New Zealand-India Sustainability Challenge (NZISC). The project themed on "Sustainable Lifestyle" was presented at the grand finale of the New Zealand - India Sustainability Challenge that was held by Education New Zealand, in association with premier New Zealand universities and the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) on December 7, 2017.
The winning team including Dhruv Suri, Sairi Akondi from Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) and Nicholas Steyn from University of Canterbury developed and worked on the project under the mentorship of Dr Arun Shanbhag, Chief Innovation Officer, MIT.
The two Indian students won an all-expense paid internship for three weeks at the New Zealand partner universities -- University of Canterbury, University of Otago and University of Waikato. Expressing excitement at the win, Akondi emphasized how the project will prove to be important for the society. She said, "It is important for the major part of society, especially the migrant workers to carry their vaccination records with them. I think this project will help not only store vaccination records but also health records and it has a huge potential."
Adding further, Dr Shanbhag said, "This kind of win for the students it actually validates the project in a way. It`s not just that we did this project but this support we get from these peers and jury here tells us that this is important and we should carry this forward. And I think that`s what we hope to do. This gives us more credence to do it with renewed vigour, do it better and expand it as much as we can."
Following the winners, the two runner-up for NZISC was team AlphaQ from Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Chennai; and team Green Computing from Vidyalankar Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Of the 90 teams which entered the competition, the finale showcased the work of six top teams displaying six different sustainable solutions for everyday problems. The event also witnessed a panel discussion with experts in the field of Sustainable energy such as Dr Vandana Narang, Director National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, Seema Bali, Vice Principal St. Mary School, New Delhi and Dr Annapurna Vacheswaran, Sr. Director, Communication Outreach and Advocacy Unit - TERI, Dr Tim Markwell, New Zealand High Commission.
Summing up on the event, Education New Zealand`s Regional Director, India, South East Asia and Middle East, John Laxon said, "The New Zealand and Indian Sustainability Challenge is to bring the brightest minds in India together with the institutions and universities in New Zealand. This is a world-leading initiative to promote sustainable thinking amongst our youth."
He further added, "Indian students are increasingly choosing to study in New Zealand, with a 24 per cent increase in Indian students entering New Zealand universities in 2017. Indian students choose a New Zealand education because it prepares students for global careers that positively change the world. New Zealand universities are leading innovators in our societies and demonstrating sustainable principles across their campuses."
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