ZS PRIZE, an award presented by ZS, has been designed to recognize, celebrate and advance innovation in health and healthcare using data, analytics, and disruptive technology.
In its inaugural year in 2020-21, ZS PRIZE opened the challenge to welcome novel healthcare solutions leveraging AI, Data Science and IoT that can create wide spread impact to solve affordability and accessibility challenges in the Indian healthcare ecosystem. Some of the brightest talent in India from amongst students and working professionals came forward to identify and solve for these complex problems.
The winning team(s) helped create ingenious solutions that would ultimately have a positive impact on many lives.
It's been a tough, nail-biting fight to the finish for ZS PRIZE. The 33,355 participants were whittled down to 20, and then the final 8 who met the eminent jury of ZS PRIZE. During this journey, the shortlisted participants and finalists were put through intensive mentoring from ZS and clinical experts to prepare for the presentation to the jury.
The rapid testing ASSURED kit detects the three most prevalent mosquito borne diseases - Malaria, Chikungunya and Dengue - on the 1st day of symptoms with a single blood sample, in less than 15 minutes. It uses vertical flow technology improving sensitivity and recombinant designed antigens improving specificity, minimizing the chances of false results.
CareMother-Baby Beat is a wireless, portable, smartphone based clinical grade smart device with AI powered auto-interpretation features to help frontline health workers and doctors accurately monitor and assess fetal health in real time for an expert review.
Bindu - Smart cap is a tool for the visually impaired seeking work and organisations willing to recruit them. The device processes images from a book, a face or even an object. It describes and reads them aloud using speakers or headphones.
MICALYS is a digital microscopy system with modular software packages to perform multiple functions of a diagnostic lab such as whole slide scanning, telepathology, AI powered sample analysis and manual microscopy.
OmniPD is a portable peritoneal dialysis cycler that empowers renal patients to execute dialysis anytime, anywhere. This cloud based patient management system connects patients with their caretakers and doctors, stores dialysis data, and sends alerts for better preventive care.
LungIQ is a cloud based deep learning software as a solution for the accurate and quantitative reporting of chest conditions from CT imaging. It helps to accurately diagnose and treat diseases such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung diseases and COVID19.
Pulse Active Stations Network comprises of a network of IoT-enabled smart health kiosks that measure several health and wellness parameters and in conjunction with a proprietary AI-based platform gives indications of potential lifestyle diseases with personalized recommendations.
Stamurai is a low cost speech therapy app for stuttering with instructional tools, exercise videos, and a community of users to assist as a self-help group.
Business Leader, Former Chairman Microsoft India, Jury Chairman
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Executive Chairperson, Biocon
Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals
Dr. Dipak Jain
President (European) CEIBS, Former Dean Kellogg School of Management
Prof. K. Srinath Reddy
President, Public Health Foundation of India
Vijay Chandru Reddy
Founder, Strand Life Sciences
Co-founder, Nexus Ventures
Dr. Ferzaan Engineer
Co-founder and Chairman, Cytecare Hospitals
The shortlisted 20 teams were mentored by ZS leaders and renowned industry experts. Each team received one-to-one mentoring to polish their idea for further presentation and pitch to the ZS Jury. Top 8 teams received additional mentoring from renowned clinical experts.
The two-phase mentoring schedule included:
Phase 1, 4 weeks: Top 20 teams
Phase 2, 1.5 weeks: Top 8 teams shortlisted from the top 20 teams
The teams were coached on various business-critical fundamentals to make their ideas viable and sustainable in the long run. Here we have mentors and teams sharing their experiences from the sessions.
In conversation with ZS PRIZE 2021 Mentor- Apoorva Aggarwal, Office Managing Principal, ZS India
Apoorva Aggarwal is all praises for the Top 20 teams for ZS PRIZE. Here, she shares her experiences of coaching one team and helping them through their entrepreneurship struggles. Watch the video on how she helped the team get past the challenges of entrepreneurship while adding finesse to their solution.
In conversation with ZS PRIZE 2021 Mentor - Tarun Pandey, Office Managing Principal, ZS India
Tarun Pandey coached one of the Top 20 teams for finalising their go-to-market strategy. His rich experience at ZS, dealing with finding viable business solutions for clients, came in handy here. In this interaction, he talks about his 'rewarding and fulfilling mentorship experience'.
ZS PRIZE 2021 Top 20 team - Gautham Pasupuleti, CEO & MD, Biodesign Innovation Labs
Gautham Pasupuleti, CEO & MD, Biodesign Innovation Labs aims to tackle the shortage of ventilators and lower the mortality rate in India. He left a promising corporate career to become an entrepreneur. Watch him, share the details of his innovative idea, his career graph and his experience with ZS PRIZE in this interesting video.
ZS PRIZE 2021 Top 8 team - Gowrishankar Wuppuluru, Founder & CEO, Padmaseetha Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Padmaseetha Technologies' Founder & CEO, Gowrishankar Wuppuluru shares in-depth details about how his portable dialysis device was designed and how he can help millions in need. Listen in, as he shares the various experiences of his entrepreneurial journey and what keeps him excited about his product along with his journey with ZS PRIZE.
ZS PRIZE 2021 Top 8 team - Rutuja Udyawar, Founder, Optimum Data Analytics
Rutuja Udyawar, Founder, Optimum Data Analytics aims to help the visually impaired read using their innovative solution Bindu Smart Cap. In this video, she explains her innovative concept, her vision for the product, and how the mentors at ZS helped make the product market-ready.
ZS PRIZE 2021 Top 20 team - Akshay Navalakha, Co-Founder, Swasthya.ai
In conversation with ZS PRIZE 2021 shortlisted team from Swasthya.ai. Its Co-Founder, Akshay Navalakha, shares how his personal struggles with the healthcare management system drove him to devise a patient-driven platform. His dream is to build a remote monitoring platform for a holistic patient-centric system. Watch his story here.
In conversation with Shankar Viswanathan, Office Managing Principal, ZS India, and ZS PRIZE 2021 Evaluator
In this candid conversation, Shankar Viswanathan, Office Managing Principal, ZS India mentions how the Top 20 teams used cutting edge technology to solve some of India's deep-rooted healthcare challenges. He feels that all the Top 20 teams have passion and a deep sense of purpose in their ideas, and thus align naturally with the ZS PRIZE vision.
In conversation with Abhishek Trigunait, Chief Technology Officer Principal ZS, and ZS PRIZE 2021 Evaluator
Abhishek Trigunait says that most of these ideas are scalable and will help solve India's healthcare crisis. In this video, he explains how most ideas will make a sustained impact in the healthcare domain.