Innovations Conclave 2019

Under the aegis of Global Citizenship Education, a collaborative initiative between Parikrma Humanity Foundation & Tata Communications, through Innovations Conclave we want to attempt reversing thinking trends across schools.

Last year, being the first ever event, saw active participation of 45 schools in Bangalore, this year we have 83 applications and we are thrilled. Schools from Pune, Dharmapuri, Dubai and London are participating in the event. This year’s theme is Sharing and Collaboration. We are really thrilled about the fact that this year we have 5 entries from government schools and that’s a very encouraging sign.

What is the objective of the Innovations Conclave?

The Innovations Conclave was designed to recognise schools that encourage children to think global and innovate in the realm of science and technology and liberal arts that can even be the first seed of social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Founder Shukla Bose explains further, “Our years of experience in academics has shown that there are isolated best practices in quite a few schools but no one knows about it as it is not shared. Our goal is to share these best practices so that the general standard of education goes up. Schools need to create a more transparent and sharing environment in India like other countries. It is important for schools to understand the importance of creating an environment of innovation and creativity and we believe that we can influence and inspire exactly that through the Innovations Conclave.”

The event

The Guest of Honour was Chief Justice Venkatachalliah and the keynote speaker, Her Excellency Dana Kursh, Consul General of Israel, South India.

A one-man band – creating innovative and offbeat music using recycled materials… Montry from @thaalavattam does magic by breathing life into trash, yes that’s right!

Panel discussion on ‘how can innovation help India achieve UN Sustainable Goals 2030.

And the panellists were Yashas Karanam (Co-founder, Director, Bellatrix Aerospace)  NM Prathap (youngest scientist, winner of Albert Einstein Innovation Gold Medal in the International Drone Expo 2018), DR Shanon Olsson (biologist, Fulbright scholar, Ramanujan Fellow)  and CT Sadanandan (VP, CSR, Tata Communications). The moderator is Dr. Sandeep Shastri, political scientist, vice chancellor, Jain University.


The Best Innovative Idea went to:

Third place: Inventure Academy: Middle School for Empathy Project

Second place: Parikrma Junior College for Voices of Light Project

The first place: Government Primary and High School, Maruthinagar for the Recycle and Grow Project

Parikrma has decided to share the entire prize money with Saroja Academy for autistic children (one of the participating schools)

to support them in their projects.

Awards for Best Innovative Practices went to:

3. Haberdashe Aske’s Girls School, London for Global Citizenship

2. The Orchid School for Stories of Migration

1. Sarala Birla Academy for Dancing Bear Conservation Project

We would like to the thank Tata Communications for spearheading this initiative with us and for being a consistent Parikrma supporter.