Energy & Environment Lab Delhi Innovation Challenge

Urbanization is a key driver of economic prosperity around the world. Yet cities like Delhi, India, that are engines of innovation and growth, are also home to formidable energy and environment-related challenges—including having some of the worst air pollution in the world.

In an effort to find cutting-edge, home-grown ways to meet these challenges, the University of Chicago Energy & Environment Lab has teamed up with the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago’s India team to crowdsource the best local ideas to improve Delhi’s air and water quality and other energy challenges. The Challenge is a project of the Tata Centre for Development with support from the Tata Trusts.

The Winners of the Delhi Innovation Challenge are receiving more than $300,000 to have their ideas implemented and will work with a team of University of Chicago experts in close collaboration with the Delhi Government to evaluate the results. If successful, the ideas could become policy solutions that the government implements at a large scale, and may provide an important model for other cities to follow.