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Celebrating Girls in STEM

Conversation with 3M Awarded Young Innovators: Ms. Gitanjali Rao & Ms. Ankita Gulati
14th August 2021

The Dais has partnered with 3M-CII Young Innovators Challenge Awards 2021 towards creating awareness, understanding and helping our youth to use innovation and lead impact towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The Dais hosted a 60 minutes conversation with 3M Awarded Young Innovators, Ms. Gitanjali Rao and Ms. Ankita Gulati on 14th August 2021 exploring their journey, challenges and accomplishments in STEM and reflecting on how they think and innovate in their respective lives. The conversation will also explore their journey, experiences, learnings from both the speakers on young people and innovation in STEM, promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion in innovation through initiatives of different stakeholders.


Ms.Gitanjali Rao Gitanjali is an American inventor, author, scientist and engineer, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) promoter. She won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in 2017 and was recognized on Forbes 30 Under 30 for her innovations.Rao was named TIME Top young innovator in 2020 for her innovations and "innovation workshops" she conducts across the globe and, on December 4, 2020 was featured on the cover of TIME magazine and named their first "Kid of the Year

Ms. Ankita Gulati

Ankita is the founder of Touch Vision. TouchVision is an IIT Delhi supported inclusive design and technology enterprise aiming at social inclusion for one billion persons with disabilities globally. The enterprise has been honoured with the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities 2019 by the President of India for the development of affordable assistive technologies.TouchVision kit enables affordable interactive access to pictorial information for people with visual disabilities.TouchVision SmartStand empowers print disabled users to access any print document in their preferred language.

Workshop on SDGs & Innovation

24th July 2021

The session started with introductory remarks from Ms Indrani Sharma from YICA, followed by discussion on SDGs and Innovation led by Mr. Keshav Gupta from The Dais. The session also provided an opportunity for the Innovators to interact and network with each other during break out rooms moderated by The Dais team, Ms. Jasmine Susan Jose, Ms. Muskan Ajitsaria, Ms. Aastha Vyas, Ms. Anoushka Vellara, Ms. Dhwani Shah, Ms. Manvi Nagpal and Mr. Yuvraj Rallapalli.
The session focused on building understanding around how Innovation is related to SDGs and how Innovators can create impact and align together with with SDGs towards a better world and a better India.
It is critical to empower youth to lead SDG Action through various initiatives and We would like to thank all the wonderful participants, our partners and colleagues for an extremely enriching experience for all of us.


3M-CII Young Innovators Challenge Awards 2021

The Dais is collaborating with 3M-CII Young Innovators Challenge Awards 2021 as Knowledge Partners to empower the youth towards Actions & Impact on Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Since 2014, 3M-CII Young Innovators Challenge Awards Program has been recognizing and promoting youth-led innovations that have the potential to bring about sustainable impact in our society. The Challenge has completed 7 successful editions and awarded more than 40 young innovators giving rise to 5000+ ideas for impact.  In 2021, the Challenge is back to discover the next generation of innovators who give us hope for a positive future.  
History has repeatedly shown that a crisis necessitates innovation. While the pandemic has disrupted our society globally forcing the world to rethink, reimagine and adapt, science and sustainability have forged new opportunities across sectors. In 2020, the Challenge recognized ideas for a resilient India. Innovation helps us venture into the unknown. 3M-CII Young Innovators Challenge Awards 2021  is calling for “Ideas that inspire hope for a resurgent India” and have the potential to restore and reshape society as we emerge out of the pandemic.

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