Hyderabad, March 1, 2015 — Imagine joining a local community filled with a diverse mix of people from technology, space, oceans, education, and more, all who want to create a brighter future. Imagine getting together regularly in-person to share presentations about recent developments in technology, to discuss common problems in the world, and to explore ways in which we can solve them. Imagine collaborating together on these problems to make real and tangible solutions. These are all the goals of XPRIZE Think Tanks.
Collab House, a collaborative community space proposed to bring Think Tank to Hyderabad which got approved, hosted the first meet, here in Hyderabad on March 1st, 2015.
The meet was anchored by Devthon, an innovation platform which is working towards bringing people together to create an impact in health, energy, education, agriculture and many other fields.
The XPRIZE Think Tank Hyderabad will bring together innovators, problem-solvers, domain experts, and more together from a local community to help discuss, educate, and strategize how to solve grand challenges.
There were 15 individuals who came together to scope down the future of the Think Tank and identify challenge areas. Individuals divided into groups of 2 to take on the task of identifying areas of focus that each of us are keen on creating an impact in.
The internet technology has taken the world by storm, creating opportunities across the globe. One team proposed to pursue the need for internet access for all, drafting a initiative with intersection of participation from public(govt), private(corporate) and local bodies(community) which would bring internet for all, help understand its capabilities and assist in improving lives. Another team proposed food as a major challenge area to take on. An interesting way to solve it is to connect people over food. The challenges in healthcare were also discussed.
However, the challenge area winner which was identified as the most important area during the discussion was, Education. It was discussed on how access to quality education brings about a cultural change and how teachers and schools play an important role in shaping the future generations.
Members of the XPRIZE Think Tank, called Tankers, will meet bi-weekly in Hyderabad. The first time Tankers discussed on how we must broaden our thinking to identify moonshot challenges that currently only outliers think about. In the future, the Think Tank will open the floor to ideas and challenges from specific areas taking a more focused approach to identify pressing problems faced by mankind.