Hyderabad: Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) together with Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC) have embarked on a Village Innovation Yatra (VIY).
The grassroot level event, which began on January 27, will go on till 31. This is part of the Village Innovation Challenge (VIC) that the two are implementing.
Speaking on the occasion, TITA founder and global president Sundeep Kumar Makthala said VIC aims at bringing out innovation at the village level. The effort is find solutions locally for local problems. The VIY is now being held in Athmakur and Amarchinta mandals in Makthal constituency of Wanaparthy district.
While visiting the villages, TITA members led by its president Sundeep Makthala have participated in the farm activities happening in the village. They participated in paddy plantation as part of their drive to assess the local problems. The techies used this opportunity to understand issues related with farming.
For the Village Innovation Challenge, four unemployed from each village are selected. The village sarpanch and village secretary too have been involved in identifying the problems as finding out the relevant solutions. The event will culminate on Feb 1 in a grand finale that will be held at the Atal Tinkering Laboratory.
As many as 28 villages, 14 each from Amarchinta and Atmakur will part of the competition and top three will be awarded, said Makthala adding that TITA members have been visiting the villages personally for a firsthand assessment of the problems.
“We had to use bullock cart to travel to a few villages due to the lack of road connectivity,” Makhthala said adding that the elders in the villages also exposed the techies to traditional games like ‘ashta chemma’ apart from treating them to locally prepared lunch and delicacies.
The problems identified are different. For instance, in Veraraghavapuram, the village is facing monkey menace, whose number is more than thrice the human population there. The youth have come with a novel solution for this. They made a human cutout and once the monkeys approach it, a ball is fired at them to scare them away.
In another village, Tippadampalli, the local water body is infested with water weeds and as a result supply of water is affected to several hundred acres. Efforts have begun to use a few pipes and other equipment to draw water.
The TITA team also visited the historic Chandraghad fort. The fort, built in 16th century, will be popularized on the social media to tap the tourism potential, said youth.
Chandranayak Thanda, a GP, does not have access to ambulance. Village youth Balu, who lost his father due to non-availability of ambulance, has converted his old two-wheeler to use it as a ambulance.
“We have been touring the villages for a week. There is a lot of talent and they will rise if right opportunity and resources are given to them,” Makthala said.
The youth will also participate in the non-stop 24-hour hackathon on Feb 1.
TSIC representative Pranay, TITA members Soumya Kunisetti, Nitish, Vivek Polagani, Harika, Sajid, Sai Palerla, Sameer, Kiran and others participated in the Village Innovation Yatra. (INN)