Best Ideas 2022 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.

Namma Kadai

Stage of Idea conceptual stage, idea offered for implementation by others

Explain your idea in details:

My idea will help in improving financial and economic opportunities for all (Economic Prosperity). These people don't get a lot of opportunities to showcase their talent, especially since they're from a community that hasn't been exposed to the modern world yet. Helping them break those boundaries and establish themselves is my goal and this app can help me achieve that. People need to realize that such rare talents exist and that they need their support to grow and continue their service. My idea will help artisans sell their products at a reasonable profit and help them get in contact with other artisans and companies. This will help them form partnerships thus expanding their work circle. The technology that I propose to use is quite simple. It will be an app and a website where customers can buy their products, much like how online shopping works. We can also incorporate geospatial technology to help identify artisans who are closer to the customer's location and thus create a better connection between the two. The target population that I intend to focus on is the group of people engaged in craftwork and those whose lives are dependent on the skill. People who have been following this profession generation after generation. They live in remote areas with very little access to technology and hence they cannot sell their products to a larger group of people. They are scattered all over the country. For now, my focus is on the artisans based in South India. My solution will help address important factors like lack of customers, fair price for their products, quality of manufacturing, involvement of the second generation and many more. If the project is successful, the artisans will have a regular inflow of money every month because a lot of people will be interested in their works.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

I plan to transform the lives of at least 2000 artisans and their families by 2025. I will work hard towards that goal by ensuring that they have a wider recognition across different parts of the country. I will ensure that people support these workers by getting them to try their services through my initiative. People need people. If these craftspeople are encouraged to do more of what they are doing currently, that would definitely boost their confidence and help them achieve their goals too. Indicators like economic growth, reduced inequalities, improvement in the lives of these people would be taken into consideration while analyzing my progress in the next year. Other quality factors would include outreach, endorsements and partnerships. I would also look at the profits gained in a specific period and on whether the workers are satisfied with what they have managed to accomplish.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

My solution's stage of development: Concept: An idea being explored for its feasibility to build a product, service, or business model based on that idea. I for now only have a concept to share. It is something that I've wanted to accomplish for a very long time. I however do not have the resources or the capital to achieve this. But, that hasn't stopped me from building a base plan and on how I'd like the website to be. I have come up with policies that would be implemented in my company. I am also very specific about the group of people I'd like to focus on. I am sure about the path I'd like to go about to implement my solution and have done my research about the feasibility of the solution. With artisans not having enough exposure to technological advancements and us youth having a plethora of option, this project will be a success at the meeting of both. At the moment, I only have financial barriers that stop me from achieving my goal. To have to connect with a lot of artisans, get them to trust our initiative and finally post their works requires a capital investment that I cannot afford.

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Your profile

I'm a sixteen year old high school junior from Chennai, India. I'm the only person whose worked on this solution all along. Incase I'm accepted I would definitely recruit people to help me execute things. I am someone who believes in hard work and determination. They are like the ingredients in a recipe to achieve my goals and desires. As a person who is open-minded and optimistic, I don't get deterred by what people say. I live my life the way I want it to be. I love thinking for myself and don't like the idea of being influenced. That is probably why I have a tight friend circle. Not to be mistaken as an introvert, my lack of interaction is not my weakness. It's just that I associate more with people who respect others' values and decisions. I have always gone by the quote, "You do not find the happy life, you make it." This is a mantra that pushes me to create my own life rather than depending on someone else. My mother too has always told me to be confident and self-supportive. I've shown and will continue to show utmost care and love to the people that matter to me. These beliefs and virtues have been an integral part of shaping me into who I am today. Abiding by them is what defines me as a person. This project was ranked top in areas related to Inclusive, Human centered design in the MIT Solve Youth Innovation Challenge 2021.

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