Published: 05th January 2021
Meet the Hyderabad students whose fresh ideas won one of the toughest idea-pitching events
Winners and runners-up were awarded a cash prize of `30,000, `25,000 respectively along with mentorship opportunities and 50 per cent off on the Metamorphosis School Of Entrepreneurship programme
Even though students are confined to their houses in these Corona times, they're receiving enough challenges to keep them on their toes. One such opportunity was provided by MetamorphosisEdu, an EdTech platform, in the form of their third Global Schoolpreneur Summit 2020. Conducted virtually, students were asked to participate in their pitchfest which had three rounds — application filling, 60-second video pitch and a final round where the blueprint of the idea needed to be presented in two minutes flat to a jury. From among 2,000 ideas that were pitched, the first and the runner-up position went to students from Hyderabad. And we spoke to these delighted souls about their experience.
About 2,000 plus ideas were pitched by 5,000 plus students from 10 plus countries
First up is 15-year-olds Afnan Towheed and Shloka Singh Thakur from Gitanjali Senior School, who are very serious about being the next generation to give back to society. "It is our moral responsibility to take up challenges and solve them instead of going about a regular job," says Afnan passionately. Thus, they came up with the idea for The Vizard. This is an air-conditioned helmet for doctors who find it tough to wear suffocating masks while attending to their patients. While the battery is strapped to their waist, the tube for the inflow of air is attached to the top. Moreover, as it is made of fabric and glass, it is eco-friendly as well. "We even consulted a few doctors to test the feasibility of our plan and we got only positive responses which encouraged us a lot," says the founder Afnan. "My ambition is to be an entrepreneur and this opportunity was the right one for me to test my skills," says Shloka.
Srihithan Navaru and Sahasra Kanagala | (Pic: GSS)
The first person Sahasra Kanagala bounced her idea for Oxygenic off of was her grandfather. During the 12-year-old's monthly visit to Kolluru village in Andhra Pradesh, Sahasra asked her farmer grandfather if an app to diagnose pests that also suggests new techniques for farming would be useful. But the real challenge was not putting together the idea, which was to have an app which would scan for disease and point the farmer towards the right direction, the challenge for the student of The Creek Planet School who participated with Srihithan Navaru, was her own jittery nerves. "We applied minutes before the deadline because of connectivity issues. And during the final round, I was so nervous, my heart was racing and I was shivering," she says. And yet, they managed to win the spot of runners-up. Kudos!
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