Introduction

Smart Solutions Challenge and Inclusive Awards 2022 by UN India and NIUA

Smart Solutions Challenge and Inclusive Awards 2022 by UN India and NIUA

Six people are sitting in chairs on a stage. In front of them are three glass tables with flowers and their name cards. Behind the stage is a banner with various logos that says "Smart Solutions Challenge and Inclusive Cities Awards 2022". On the right side is a screen that is focusing on the speaker. Nidhi is sitting on the fifth chair with a laptop on her lap.

United Nations India and the National Institute of Urban Affairs co-organised the Smart Solutions Challenge and Inclusive Awards 2022 on 1 September 2022. Nidhi Goyal, Founder and Executive Director, moderated its jury panel on on ‘Leveraging Innovation and Technology as Enablers for Inclusion’ with speakers including Parul Agarwala from UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme), Mr. Purushottam Kaushik from World Economic Forum, Prof. Gaurav Raheja from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Ms. Shivani Gupta from CBM Christian Blind Mission and Mr. Dilip Ramesh from Thinkerbell Labs.

It was altogether insightful, inspiring, and thought provoking as Digital India and Accessible India were recognised as needing to go hand in hand when we create and build our smart cities and urban spaces. The urgent need is for technology and innovation that is people-centric, community-led, and ethical was also highlighted. 

The commitment to leave no one behind while building sustainable and resilient urban futures was once again brought to the fore.