Second Call Awardees

Mobile phone based HbA1c analyser

Sidhant Jena

Janacare Solutions Private Limited New Delhi
sidhant.jena@gmail.com

Stephen Chen

Teco Diagnostics Anaheim, CA
schen@tecodiag.com

The Problem:

There is an acute need for a low-cost and portable Hb1Ac monitor top screen and manage diabetes in the developing world. However, most standardized HbA1c monitors and expensive, bulky and assay based systems and thus not suited for mass adoption.

The Solution:

The team proposes to co-develop a low-cost mobile phone platform to measure HbA1c. Their novel platform comprises of two components- a colorimetric test strip for HbA1c and a software application that uses the phone's camera to analyze the test strip. Additionally, the software application can provide automated decision support and transmit data to remote specialists, thus enabling millions of field health workers to screen and manage diabetes in even the most remote communities.

A novel way to manage fecal incontinence in non-ambulatory patients

Nishith Chasmawala

Consure Medical Pvt. Ltd.
Surat
nishdc@gmail.com

Matt Durack

Lunar Design San Francisco, CA
matt.durack@lunar.com

The Problem:

Fecal incontinence, the inability to control the release of stool, is a ubiquitous clinical problem that affects more than 50 million patients globally. The absence of an adequate management solution for fecal incontinence leads to increased utilization of hospital resources and adversely impacts the mortality by 7%.

The Solution:

The team has developed a self-expanding device to manage fecal incontinence in non-ambulatory patients with a unique placement, deployment and withdrawal mechanism. The device requires minimal training and can be administered without the need for imaging and works on all patients, irrespective of their stool type or sphincter tone. The product offers a hygienic insertion mechanism and is overall very sanitary and patient friendly.

Branchless banking and financial services for the unbanked and under-banked

Abhishek Sinha

Eko India Financial Services Private Limited, New Delhi
abhishek@eko.co.in

Angela Schmuck

IDmission LLC Mesa, AZ
angie@idmission.com

The Problem:

A large section of the Indian population (~500 million) still remains without access to banking services. Traditional financial service delivery models have failed to serve low income populations.

The Solution:

Building a low-cost payment infrastructure for instant small value financial transactions by leveraging existing retail shops, tele-connectivity and banking infrastructure to extend branchless banking services to the common man. The project aims to deliver financial services efficiently and at scale through smart phone based application mechanism integrating with the Unique Identity UID).

First Call Awardees

A fair price for healthy fruits & vegetables: Helping farmers access cold-storage technology

Rustom Irani

Chirag Iceling Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai
rustom@icelings.com

Sorin Grama

Promethean Power Systems Boston, MA
sorin@promethean-power.com

The Problem:

Nearly $10 billion of agricultural produce is lost in India every year due to inadequate cold storage and post-harvest transportation facilities.

The Solution:

The team has developed an off-grid refrigerated container, which will be installed on small farms and remote villages throughout India, will increase the farmer's incomes by eliminating costly spoilage while allowing them to sell the produce at a fair price independent of harvest timing. The system does not use an on-board refrigeration compressor for cooling & therefore will not release harmful refrigerant gas into the atmosphere and reduces capital and operating costs.