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Red Bull Basement Returns to India

Entrepreneurial students from around the world are challenged to drive positive social change through innovative tech solutions

Red Bull Basement 2020 is an open call for student innovators from around the world in all areas of study to innovate, collaborate, and improve student life. The program, expanding to more countries than ever in its third year, encourages student entrepreneurs to take a look at all aspects of life on campus and in their communities, and imagine creative ways to do things better.

To enter, currently enrolled university students aged 18 and older need to visit the Red Bull Basement website and upload a video of maximum 60 seconds that clearly and succinctly shares their idea with the public.

Red Bull Basement is open to all university students. Applications will be accepted until 25 October 2020. To learn more about Red Bull Basement, enter this year’s program, find local events and explore some of the top ideas from past years, visit: redbullbasement.com

Aspiring applicants in India can tune in to Launchpads aimed at providing industry insights. Co-curated by Under 25 – a media and entertainment company that creates experiences for the youth and the young – Launchpads feature inspiring personalities and entrepreneurs.

Watch the first Launchpad featuring Sanchit Vir Gorgia, Founder and CEO, Greyhound Research, Angad Daryani, Founder, PRAAN, and Shashank Murali, Founder, TapChief, here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4KCwpqtkjU

The Program

To help the next generation of students develop their ideas, Red Bull Basement provides resources such as mentors, workshops, networking events and more, both online and on participating campuses. All activity leads up to the Red Bull Basement 2020 Global Workshop, where thought leaders, entrepreneurs and visionaries from around the world will support students from more than 35 countries to bring their ideas to life.

Public voting will take place the week of 26 October. The top-voted ideas from each country will make it to the judges’ round. A panel of judges will select the best single idea to represent each country, based on creativity, feasibility and impact. Each country’s Finalist team will then further develop their idea with the help of the Red Bull Basement network including an international mentor program, access to workspace and micro-funding prior to the Global Workshop.

Previous Global Workshops were held in Berlin (2018) and Toronto (2019). This year, the immersive, hands-on, three-day event will feature workshops, additional mentorship programs, and various surprise activities. It all leads up to a Final Pitch to the judges. The Global Workshop that the successful entrepreneurs will be attending in 2020 is scheduled for 10-13 December; the format will be unveiled soon.

Team EnergyBrid – India Winners of Red Bull Basement 2019

Nandhika Venkateswaran and Lajin Bhaskar from Bengaluru won the India edition of Red Bull Basement
Nandhika Venkateswaran and Lajin Bhaskar from Bengaluru won the India edition of Red Bull Basement in 2019.

In 2019, Nandhika Venkateswaran and Lajin Bhaskar from Bengaluru won the India edition of Red Bull Basement and traveled to Toronto to participate in the Global Workshop, which included lectures, workshops and an opportunity to develop their idea further with mentors.

Their winning concept called EnergyBrid was an idea to use a piezoelectric grid system to generate electricity in colleges by harnessing the energy from footsteps. Using mechanics and motors placed on pathways frequented by students, the pressure of footsteps would trigger motors to generate electricity that could be used to power up parts of the college campus.

Brian Pereira

Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He is Editor-in-Chief of Digital Creed, which he founded in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 27 years of journalism experience (since 1994). He is sound and confident about his knowledge of business technology concepts. And he is a believer in continual education/learning. Brian is the former Editor of CHIP and InformationWeek magazines (India). He has written hundreds of technology articles for India's leading newspaper groups such as The Times of India and Indian Express Newspapers (among others). And he has conducted more than 300 industry interviews during his journalism career. Brian also writes on Aviation, cybersecurity, startups, and topics directed at small and medium businesses. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn.

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