Road Techies

CHALLENGE FOR DESIGNING SAFER ROADS FOR CHILDREN



ABOUT THE COMPETITION


The competition, Road Techies invites students of technical institutions based in North East India to come up with scalable, low cost solutions for the child road safety situations of a small city/ town like Jorhat city. All proposals will be screened by a panel of jury comprising of Road Safety Experts from various reputed institutions of India. The top shortlisted proposals will be called over to IIT Guwahati to present their designs in front of an expert panel. The winners will receive cash prizes, certificates and a mention on the project website. Any feasible concepts from the selected designs may be implemented on ground during the next phase of the project.

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PRIZES


1st Prizes

Rs. 50,000* + Certificate

2nd Prizes

Rs. 40,000* + Certificate

3rd Prizes

Rs. 30,000* + Certificate

 

* TDS will be deducted as per applicable rules.

Travel, lodging and fooding arrangements for the presenters will be made by the organizers.

Timeline


Submission of entries: Up to 31 July 2020

Declaration of Shortlisted solutions: August/ September 2020

Final Jury presentation and award distribution: To be announced

Rules


  1. Students pursuing technical courses (Bachelor and Master degree, diploma,PhD in Engineering , Architecture, Urban Planning and other related disciplines) from any recognized institution located in a North East Indian state.
  2. Age limit of applicant - Upto 30 years
  3. Applications can be submitted individually or in groups of 2 students.
  4. A forwarding letter on institutional letter head signed by a competent authority should accompany the application.
  5. There is no participation fee for taking part in the competition.
  6. Upon successful submission, you will receive a confirmation email.
  7. For any additional information, you will be contacted via email.
  8. All correspondence shall be through email or SMS on mobile number provided by you at the time of registration. Organizers are not liable in case of SMS/ email delivery failures.
  9. The decision of the panel of jury will be final and binding

Background


Safer Roads for Safer Childhood (SRSC) is a project being implemented since June 2018 in Jorhat city of Assam, India to enhance road safety for children, especially focussing on 6 pilot schools. The project is being implemented by a consortium of Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) and Department of Home and Political Affairs, Govt. of Assam (through Jorhat Police). The project is guided by Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) and funded by Fondation Botnar.


About Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge

Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge is a project of the Fondation Botnar, a philanthropic foundation in Switzerland. The Challenge is designed to address locally relevant road safety problems that affect children in small and mid-sized cities in seven priority countries with practical, innovative and evidence-based interventions. The Challenge is managed by the Global Road Safety Partnership.

About the Project Area

Jorhat is a mid-size city in Assam, India with a population of about 2.5 lakhs. It is the current administrative headquarter of Jorhat district. The national Highway-37 and a railway track runs through the city. Gar Ali, Na Ali and K.B. road are the main arterial roads. Numerous sub arterial, collector and local roads network the city. Being the administrative and business capital of the district, roads in the city are always busy.

As per a survey conducted by IIT Guwahati of students of the 6 project schools, 64% of children commute to school on foot, 12% commute by bicycle, 11% commute by motorised two wheeler, 5 % by motorised three-wheelers or auto-rickshaws and rest all travel by private vans, personal cars, common vans, private bus etc.

Example of a school zone in Jorhat


Aerial view


Street view

For more details about the project, go to

LINK- SAFER ROADS FOR SAFER CHILDHOOD (SRSC)

Criteria for Judging


1. Innovation
2. Sustainability
3. Impact
4. Cost effectiveness of the design

FAQ's

We are looking for road design ideas that -
1. Enhances safety of children on road
2. Is possible to implement in a mid sized city in Indian condition
3. Is low cost and implementable with the kind of resources available in India
This competition is open for students of :
·​ ​Master’s course, Bachelor’s course and Diploma course
·​ ​An institution located in North-East India
·​ ​Maximum 30 years of age
Yes, you can. The photos and description of Jorhat city has been given to help you understand the context of the competition. However, we understand that it is not possible to understand the road conditions, people’s behaviour etc. by looking at photos. So, we are accepting designs based on any place in NE India. Just make sure you write about the school zone you are basing your design on and if possible, add photos in the additional document section.

Yes, you can submit for now. However, we will require the letter before the final selection process otherwise the selection committee will not accept it.

You can send it later by email to [email protected]

Yes. But, you both must be from Institutions located in North East India. If one of you is studying in an institution outside the North-East, then you are not eligible to participate. Both of you have to submit letters from your respective institutions.
The last date of application for now is 31st July 2020 but it may be extended based on Government of India rules for academic institutions.
No. Fill the application form only after you have completed your project. You can view the form anytime to know what is expected from you.

If you have some questions, you can drop in a mail at [email protected] about your concern and we will respond to your query.

Also, phone numbers of concerned people have been given in the list. You can call them on all working days during the office hours. As you know that due to the COVID 19 lockdown most people are working online and having scheduled meetings over internet based platforms (like Google meet, Zoom, Webex etc), one may not be able to pick up the phone call if s/he is on a meeting. Then, drop a message and the concerned official will call you back.

You may identify an area in a school zone where there is a perceived threat to children commuting to school. In your project description, when you narrate the problem definition, describe the area you have chosen and the nature of the road safety threat to children. You may like to describe the current condition of the road including walking path, carriage way, shoulder, surface condition, availability of zebra crossing, speed breakers etc.

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