This article is a part of the SparkTheRise campaign for which YourStory is an online media partner
Mahindra Spark the Rise works as an online platform for change-makers across India to connect with one another, collaborate and exchange ideas, procure volunteers and donors, and to compete for monthly grants from the organization. This year’s campaign saw social entrepreneurs from all over India share their insight for reinventing the ‘India’ inside India. Their are multiple rounds via which projects and Ideas are chosen and then brought to life.
Here we look at the 4 “Idea Winners” from the 3rd Round of Mahindra SparkTheRise:
1) Eradicating Polythene Bags
Idea champion: Islam Hussain
I have used an innovative idea for making consumer friendly paper bags, I have used double layer of standard size full length used news paper, before pasting the layers of newspaper together to form the surface of the bag, a parallel horizontal 1- 2 mm thin gunny rope (depends on bag size) is fixed and pasted in round shape in center of both sides. The both sides are pasted by gum and the rope is let loose 20 cm long from up side, as a handle. and 10 cm from tale side. The open rope in the tale side is tied with a knot before sealing the bag with gum from below. For easy and smooth production of paper bags, pasting of layers is done a day prior to final knotting tiding/pasting. In this technique load can be easily carried just because gunny rope is supporting to double layer of paper, that’s why this bag become more useful and durable.
More about this idea here
2) Generating power via frictional energy
Idea Champion: Ivaturi Umamaheswar
I would like to suggest a model for generation of power through frictional energy. The concept is all about generating power through frictional energy from fast moving (heavy or light) vehicles on highways, without causing any damage to the vehicles. The process is as under: Massive fly wheels are installed beneath the road at selected points on highways. These wheels are placed in such a way that the frictional energy generated by the moving vehicles converts into mechanical energy and rotates these massive fly wheels through the following mechanism. These massive fly wheels in turn rotate the dynamo attached to them and produce power. Through the distribution system this power can be supplied to the near by villages/towns.
More about this idea here
3) EM-powering India
Idea Champion: Abhishek Pandey
Em is a liquid solution which contains beneficial organism from three main components- genera phototropic bacteria, lactic acid bacteria and yeast. This is not a fertilizer, a synthetic chemical or a genetically engineered product. It is used with the organic materials to enrich the soil. EM can be used for several other purposes apart from agriculture such as poultry, fisheries, animal husbandry, recycling of solid city waste and kitchen garbage, recycling polluted water even it can be used in daily life of every people.
More about the idea here
4) Solar Units for lighting and development
Idea Champion: Rosi Foundation
Here, solar home units are provided to tribal people. It is capable of giving light for a house, running TV, Radio and charging mobile. These units will be very helpful in uplifting the tribals and will prove their link to the outside world. The unit has a solar panel, battery, inverter, etc and can run the aforesaid equipment It can store energy even in winter time when there is less sunlight.
More about this idea here.
If you have a great idea and need a platform to showcase, please submit your idea for Spark The Rise- and get your project funded.