Energy & Environment Lab Launch Event: Bengaluru Innovation Challenge

Join the University of Chicago and the Government of Karnataka as we launch the Bengaluru Innovation Challenge. The Challenge will tap grassroots creativity and expertise to identify innovative ideas for addressing the most pressing environmental and energy challenges in Bengaluru.

February 7, 2018  1:30pm
The Chancery Pavilion
135, Residency Road, Bengaluru

Featuring Chief Guest:Shri. K.J. George, Hon’ble Minister for Bengaluru Development & Town Planning, Govt. of Karnataka

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The winners will be given funding support (up to Rs. 1.5 crore over two years) to implement and test their ideas in the field, with guidance and input from the Government of Karnataka and leading faculty at the University of Chicago. If successful, the ideas could become policy solutions the government could implement at a large scale, and may provide an important model for other cities to follow.

The  Bengaluru Innovation Challenge is a project of the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago and the Urban Development Department of the Government of Karnataka, in partnership with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's India team (EPIC-India) and the Energy & Environment Lab. 


1:30 pm


2:00 pm

Welcome and Presentation of the Bengaluru Innovation Challenge by  Dr. Anna Agarwal, University of Chicago

2:05 pm

Opening Remarks by Shri. K.J. George, Hon'ble Minister for Bengaluru Development & Town Planning

2:15 pm

Signing of MoU by Shri. K.J. George, Hon’ble Minister for Bengaluru Development & Town Planning and Ms. Aditi Mody, Executive Director, University of Chicago Trust

2:25 pm

Panel Discussion: Can Evidence-Based Policy Solutions better drive Urban Development

Moderated by Dr. Ken Lee, EPIC-India Director


Shri. Mahendra Jain, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development Department

Other panelists TBC

3:05 pm

Audience Q&A

3:25 pm

Closing Remarks by Dr. Anna Agarwal, University of Chicago

3:30 pm

Networking Reception

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23 January 2018