Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi
In a first-of-a-kind partnership, the University of Chicago and the Delhi government launched The Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi—a unique competition that crowdsourced the best local ideas to cut pollution in Delhi and meet the city’s future energy needs. The Challenge is a project of the Tata Centre for Development, which is supported by Tata Trusts. The winners will work with the University of Chicago Urban Labs, the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago’s India team (EPIC-India), and the Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission to pilot and test their ideas. If successful, the government could implement the programs at a large scale, providing an important model for other cities to follow in India and beyond.
Urban Labs Innovation Challenges aim to generate evidence on what urban policy interventions work, for whom, and why.
First, policymakers and practitioners propose promising solutions to urban challenges. Then a team of experts from relevant sectors consider the ideas and select one or more to support, working together with local agencies and philanthropists to secure funding. Innovation Challenge grantees collaborate with Urban Labs on the design, implementation, evaluation, refinement and, ideally, scale-up of their programs.
The three winners were chosen from nearly 250 citizens, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, non-profit, and for-profit organizations from across India and around the world who submitted ideas for the Challenge. Together, the winners received more than Rs. 2 crores ($300,000). They will now use that money to work with the University of Chicago and the Delhi government to implement and test their ideas.
Learn more about the Innovation Challenge: Delhi winners' ideas below.
Urban Labs / October 21, 2016
The Challenge is run by the University of Chicago Urban Labs, with close coordination and implementation support from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's India Office, and the Dialogue Development Commission of Delhi. It is a project of the Tata Centre for Development and is supported by Tata Trusts.