As part of the Indo-German Urban Mela, Siemens and the Goethe Institut are conducting the Siemens Youth University Idea Contest. The contest requires engineering students to submit their ideas to address challenges facing our country in the areas of energy, water management, urban transportation, and healthcare. The contest was open to all third and fourth year engineering college students in India. Individuals and teams were eligible to participate. The last date to submit the ideas was June 18, 2012.
The response received from the students were overwhelming both in terms of numbers and quality. From the several Ideas submitted, the best 10 Ideas for the finals would be selected by a team of experts from Siemens. The selected Ideas will be presented by the students to the distinguished panel of Judges in the Finals. The winners will get internship opportunities at Siemens and a language course at the Goethe Institute.
The Finals will take place at the Cultural Pavilion from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm on June 30, 2012.
Prof. Dr. T.G. Sitharam, Chairman, Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transport and Urban Planning, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Prof. Dr. Venugopalan Ittekkot, Bremen University, Germany.
Dr. Mukul Saxena, Head Corporate Research and Technologies, Siemens India.
Cities consume 75 percent of the world’s energy. Approximately 70 million people move into cities every year. India’s energy consumption is estimated to grow by five percent every year. The transmission and distribution losses in India are over 30 percent of the total energy produced. The acute power shortage has resulted in protracted power cuts across the country. At the same time, demand for energy in Indian cities is continually rising. How would you shape the future of Energy?
Transportation is a challenge in Indian cities. It is insufficient and the quality is inadequate. In addition, city roads are congested, which slows down travel. With the population of cities continually increasing, the volume of traffic is only going to rise, further complicating the situation. How would you shape the future of Urban Transportation?
Less than one half of a percent of water on earth is available as fresh water. Global consumption of water is doubling every 20 years, more than twice the rate of human population growth. 60 percent of the drinking water in the globe is consumed in cities. In India, an average of 150 liters/person/day of water is consumed in cities. In most areas, water is supplied for only a few hours every day. In addition, only 30 percent of the total waste water is treated. How would you shape the future of Water Management?
70 percent of India’s population lives in rural areas. However, over 80 percent of India’s healthcare infrastructure is available in its cities. Moreover, lifestyle diseases are on the rise in addition to prevailing challenges like infant mortality, tuberculosis, and water-borne epidemics. How would you shape the future of Healthcare?
Prizes: Winners will get internship opportunities at Siemens and a language course at Goethe Institute.