University of California Berkeley – Smart Village Challenge

In partnership with the Center for Open Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Andhra University, the Smart Village Open Innovation Accelerator 2016 is being launched by UCB center for open innovation.

Eligibility: Student teams of 2-4 from across disciplines

Application: Are accepted till June 10, 2016: The team should submit a presentation consisting of 8-10 slides (maximum) answering the following six questions: a) What problem are you trying to solve? b) What is your big idea? c) What will be the execution plan? d) How can you make this profitable and sustainable? e) How your innovation and business model will be transformative and disrupt existing models and technologies? f) Team bios and contact information. More resources are found at

June 12 – 16, 2016: Semi Finals: Top 30 teams will be selected based on their application and submitted team presentations. The selected teams will be invited to participate in a 3-Day training by UC Berkeley faculty at Andhra University campus, Vizag.

July- August 2016: The 30 selected teams who have successfully completed the 3-day training will be required to build their prototype doing data collection and field work in a village of their choice or in an underserved community near their home town (all 30 semifinalists’ teams will receive a certificate of participation from UC Berkeley)

Final Stage

September- December 2016: The Top 10 teams will be selected for this phase. These top 10 finalists will implement their solution at a selected village in east godavari district, and will have the chance to revise or modify their technology upto three times to meet the villagers’ expectations over these three months.

Gold Prize: Rs 6,00,000

Silver Prize: Rs 4,00,000

Bronze Prize: Rs 2,75,000

Exceptional team may be invited to Berkeley to present


Students should submit all their application to Mr. David Maracine, Smart Village Program Manager via email at: David Maracine not later than 10 June 2016, 11pm, India time.

By submitting entries, the participants agree to follow the above process and timelines, including travel to Vizag and to the selected village to pilot, should they be selected for the semi finals and final stages.