Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) was approved to host a UN Habitat’s Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) under the World Urban Campaign. Along with its organising partners GIZ, India, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Developmatrix and The Urban Vision, it designed the following social incubator for the Youth Design Innovation Challenge.

The Youth Design Innovation Challenge is a derivative of the recently concluded Urban Thinkers Campus seeking to involve future leaders of the city – the youth, to play a part in solving gender equality issues due to rapid urbanization. This is part of the second Urban Thinkers Campus organised by Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) on behalf of the UN Habitat’s World Urban Campaign. It is in partnership with GIZ India, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, The Urban Vision, Developmatrix, US Consulate General of Mumbai, Magic Bus, Danish Cultural Institute and more.

Theme – Safe Public Spaces

Tracks– Gender, Climate Resilience

Duration – Sept to Dec 2019

Idea Submission by 15th August 2019


  • 7 July- 15 Aug : Submit ideas in any format (word doc, powerpoint, video, drawing) with an explanation of the problem you are trying to solve, the proposed solution and location
  • 16- 20 Aug : 10 best ideas will be selected for mentoring
  • 21 & 22 Sep : 1st experiential session at Magic Bus Learning Centre, Karjat + pairing with Mentors
  • Oct/ Nov : Mentoring sessions online and in person with expert resources and mentors
  • 25 & 26 Nov : Attend the Urban Thinkers Campus in Mumbai
  • 29 Nov : Final pitch session at Dosti House, US Consulate General Mumbai

Team Composition :-

  • Age group – 17-25 years
  • Minimum 2 – 3 members
  • Accompanied by Faculty from College (optional)
  • Minimum one member must be a non-male
  • Diversity is of essence and will be given importance

Criteria for selection of ideas:-

  • Innovative and hyper-local
  • Addresses one or more of the themes mentioned
  • Must have one non-male member on the team
  • Potential to scale up

Why you should apply-

  • 8-10 best ideas will be selected by 20 Aug for mentoring by experts & professionals.
  • All ideas will be published on the World Urban Forum (UN Habitat) website
  • Cash prizes for the top 3 winners
  • Experiential sessions by experts on a variety of issues
  • Opportunity for further mentoring by corporates
  • All participants get a certificate of participation

Our Mentors for 2019

  1. Shruti Mantri
  2. Neysara
  3. Gautam Singhal
  4. Jitesh Brahmkshatriya
  5. Shriya Bhatia
  6. Shishir Joshi
  7. Frederikke Bencke
  8. Manu Agarwal
  9. Shalini Sharma
  10. Ayush Gupta
  11. Sachin Rane
  12. Sameera Khan
  13. Anu Varghese John
  14. Somya Chaturvedi
  15. Dr. Zaibunnisa Malik
  16. Santosh Thannikat
  17. Nishtha Nishant

Jury for Initial Selection:

  1. ElsaMarie DSilva
  2. Marissa Borges
  3. Tania Echaporia
  4. Priya Tiwari
  5. Ruben Mascarenhas
  6. Harish Iyer
  7. Latha Sankarnarayan
  8. Aditi Pathak
  9. Rukmini Iyer
  10. Sabir Sayed

Finalist Teams

  1. Rescue: M.H.Saboo Siddik College of Engineering
  2. ONE’:  SMEF’s Brick School of Architecture
  3. Datacops:  Techno India NJR Institute of Technonlogy
  4. Gogo: School of planning and architecture Vijayawada
  5. Brainstorm: SMEFs BRICK School of Architecture
  6. Nox: St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  8. NCR: Mates Jaypee institute of information technology
  9. Wricks: Techno India NJR Institute of Technology, Udaipur

Update – September

Youth Innovation Challenge 2019 – Social Incubator Session


We conducted a 2-day Social Incubator Session for the 10 finalist teams of the Youth Innovation Challenge 2019 at The Magic Bus Centre at Karjat, Maharashtra on September 21-22. Over the two days, the teams were taken through the Business Model Canvas, Team Building activities, developing strong Communications plans and learning from Nature so that they could develop robust innovations for Safe and Resilient Public Spaces.

Head to this photo story to know more about the session.

Update – October

UN SDG Action Campaign

We joined the global #ACT4SDGs movement powered by UN SDG Action Campaign! We conducted multiple TweetChats with The Spatial Perspective in order to spread awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to honour the Global Goals Week. Our teams at the Youth Innovation Challenge also pledged to attain the SDGs by putting in individual efforts.

Update – November (Results)

We announced the finalists for our Youth Innovation Design Challenge 2019. A special thank you to jury members for selecting the ten finalist teams from among 75 innovations that were submitted. We were honoured to have teams from all over India and one from South Africa send us their ideas to solve urban issues.

On November 29, 2019, the 09 finalist teams made a final pitch of their local community-based solutions for Safe Public Spaces. Over the three months, the teams (who were from different cities in India) went through an offsite at Magic Bus Learning Centre in Karjat, attended seven master class webinars and were mentored by experts. We are grateful to the 17 mentors and 15 jury members who helped us shortlist the teams and finalise the winners. In our opinion, all the teams were winners as they worked hard to implement their ideas into working prototypes which were well thought out.

List of Jury for the final selection:

  1. Avinash Shroff – MD Transamerica Direct Marketing Consultants Private Limited
  2. Subhash Patil – Partner, PwC
  3. Jasdeep Randhawa – Regional Policy Coordinator for South Asia Transboundary Waters Initiative, Oxfam
  4. Mansi Sahu – CoFounder StudioPod
  5. Shipra Sharma – L&T Infotech Head CSR

The top three winners and their innovations are:

  1. Team NCR mates (Abdul Malik, Tanuja Nailwal & Ishita Pandey): Data-driven Algorithm for College Campus Safety
  2. Team Nox (Gayatri Karnik, Simran Raikar & Tirupatibala Vaishnav): Nightly Community Activity to Encourage Women in Public Space.
  3. Team One (Shreya Kothawale, Supriya Prachande & Pranali Chavan): Urban Infrastructure for Toilets for Transgenders

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