A team of students from India became the winner of the 60,000-dollar-grand-prize at the Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC 2013) for its project Solar Conduction Dryer.
The winning team comprised of two Indian students, Shital Somani and Vaibhav Tidke from Mumbai.
Shortlisted from more than 2,600 projects ideas that addressed issues impacting more than 110 countries, five finalists convened in Austin this week to compete for the cash prize as part of the DSIC.
Their project aims at addressing the 20 to 30 per cent food spoilage rate for poor rural Indian farmers via cost-effective dehydrators powered by solar conduction.
The innovation will enable farmers to keep more of their crops and sell dehydrated fruits and vegetables as another income source.