An Indian entrepreneur team has won the 1 million dollars global prize for women safety device. These were inspired by the cause of women safety after the 16 December 2012 gang-rape incident in New Delhi. They have developed a smart device that can be worn by women. It sends out emergency alerts if assaulted or threatened.
Leaf Wearables based at New Delhi was amongst the 5 finalists selected out of 85 teams from 18 nations across the world. It has won the 1 million dollars global prize offered by Anu Jain and Naveen Jain the eminent Indian-American philanthropists. The prize was titled as Women Safety X Prize, as quoted by the Hindustan Times.
The prize was collected by Avinash Bansal, Niharika Rajiv, and Manik Mehta of the Leaf Wearables. This technology start-up was launched by DTU and IIT Delhi students. The Indian entrepreneur team won the prize for ‘Safer Pro’ project which is an enhanced version of their former smart safety devices.
The Jains are prominent philanthropists and entrepreneurs. They partnered with X PRIZE to create the Naveen & Anu Jain Women Safety X Prize. It is aimed to address the safety of girls and women by leveraging technology.
The award ceremony was organized at the United Nations. Speaking on the occasion Anu Jain said that safety of women is a global issue. Safety for women is a basic human right and must not be treated as a luxury.
Notwithstanding the advancement in innovation and technology, the issue of women safety is yet to be resolved. The participating teams contesting the prize had to create a device that does not cost more than 40 US dollars. It must also function without internet.
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