Grand Finale of Carbon Zero Challenge – Demo Day on Feb 7, 8 & 9, 2018

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Grand Finale of Carbon Zero Challenge – Demo Day on Feb 7, 8 & 9, 2018

Hi all,

As you all know, Carbon Zero Challenge (CZeroC) 2017-18 journey had been going on for more than a year now and it was an exciting one with a great vision of encouraging innovations in the clean tech sector. Now, the competition is culminating in a Grand Finale with demonstration of prototypes by the finalist teams.

A Quick Overview:

CZeroC is a Green Business Idea Competition which aims to accelerate innovations that address Climate Change. It is a one-of-its-kind contest and a pioneering initiative by IIT Madras, in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate General Chennai and Polaris – A Virtusa Company. The objective of the contest is to identify innovative and indigenous renewable energy solutions for India’s unique energy problems and nurture them to reach a stage of market scalability.

Launched in March 2017, CZeroC received an overwhelming response of over 530 applications from College Students and Startups from South India. After a rigorous screening process, 25 Teams were shortlisted for the Phase 2 – in which the teams were provided with funding and mentorship support. The challenge now culminates in a final demo day – the grand finale of CZeroC with an Expert Jury Panel judging the teams’ prototypes and the best solutions will receive rewards and recognition.

Grand Finale – The Demo Day

IIT Madras is glad to announce the Grand Finale of Carbon Zero Challenge Contest  with the demonstration of the finalist teams and thereafter the Awards Presentation Ceremony. 


Time Event
2:30 – 2:45 PM




3:00 – 3:45 PM


Receiving dignitaries for the function by CZC Organizing Committee

(Venue – Outside ICSR Auditorium)


Visit to Exhibits by the Press and Dignitaries

(Venue – KV Grounds, ICSR Corridor)

3:45 – 4:00 PM



(Venue – ICSR Dining Hall)

4:00 – 5:30 PM




























Awards Presentation Ceremony

(Venue – ICSR Auditorium)


Invocation and Lighting of Lamp

Welcome Address

Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director – IIT Madras

A Brief about CZC Competition

Dr. Indumathi M Nambi, Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil Engg., IIT Madras

Audio Visual about CZC Contest & the journey

Release of the Souvenir on CZC Journey

Chief Guest

Chief Guest Address

Shri Vikram Kapur, IAS, Principal Secretary to TN Government, Energy Department

Audio Visual on CZC Finalist Teams

Prize Distribution

Chief Guest, Guests of Honour and Mr.K.Baskaran, Chairman, IWMA

Winners/Shortlisted Teams addressing the audience

Special Address by Guests of Honour

Shri Robert Burgess, U.S. Consul General, Chennai

Shri Kris Canekeratne, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, Virtusa Corporation

Way Forward in Entrepreneurship

Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Principal Advisor, Ministry of Railways,

Government of India & Professor, IIT Madras

Vote of Thanks

Mr. Sivaraman K, Advisor – Projects, IWMA

Visit to Prototypes – Feb 7th & 8th 2018 (By appointment, Mob – 87541 11686)


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