Technology & Innovation

We leverage technology to accelerate and deepen learning and foster collaboration. We stimulate change and create sustainable large scale solutions through innovation.

We see innovation as a key building block to stimulate change and empower youth with the ability to successfully address real world challenges and design novel solutions.

E-GyanShakti  - Technology Integrated Education

A technology-integrated education program that enables and accelerates technology innovations in schools and community. The program seeks to:

  • Leverage emerging technologies to increase collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and develop 21st century skills
  • Bridge the learning divide with intensive community outreach

The program uses innovative and cutting edge technology tools and integrates them into the core curriculum to enhance student achievement. This allows the students to experience transformational learning - express, collaborate and connect using technology. The Mobile Innovation Station, a recently introduced learning asset, encourages students to work on disruptive technologies and come up with technology based solutions to solve local problems.

How it Works:

In-school: Empower students with technology skills and 21st century skills; Empower teachers with technology integration skills; Provide supporting infra such as digital learning centers with laptops, wifi, digital content to create an engaging learning environment, cloud-based system with subject-specific online content.

After-school (Community Outreach): Prepare underserved children for the digital age and build readiness by developing digital literacy skills, spoken English skills and life skills.

Monitor: Conduct class observations, Baseline study for students, and Endline study for students.

Engage: Invite volunteers to support the achievement of program outcomes.

Evaluate: Measure impact with baseline-endline comparison; Share success stories.

Outcome:

  • Increased learning levels in Science and Math
  • Improved technology skills and 21st century skills
  • Reformed teaching-learning practices
  • Bridging of skill gap between school children and community children
  • 95,000 volunteering hours clocked

Digital Citizenship (Digital Literacy, Cyber Security, Web 2.0 tools and Technologies)

Digital Citizenship initiatives work toward creating awareness amongst educators, children and youth, and parents on safe, smart and responsible use of online tools and platforms. The programs empower participants across schools and communities to be smart and confident digital citizens by preparing them to recognise online risks and take protective measures for the same. The primary focus is on instilling the concept of shared responsibility by following fair, respectful and ethical behaviour in online interactions.

How it Works:

Face-to-face Safety Workshops and Campaigns: Conduct workshops and campaigns for the students and teachers in schools and communities.

Local Safety Champions/Ambassadors: Identify experts among the program participants and motivate them to scale the safety narratives in their communities.

Online Community: Create and expand the online community 'Stay Safe' where safety messages are posted regularly and students are encouraged to post their queries.

Outcome:

  • Parents and educators equipped to offer appropriate guidance on online safety to children and youth
  • Children and youth capable of taking informed decisions as model digital citizens

Technology Innovation (Tinkering Lab, Hackathon, Makeathon)

Cyber Security Innovation and Research (CSIR) Contest

We organise the popular Cyber Security Innovation and Research (CSIR) Contest with support from our partners. The contest provides an invaluable platform to promote cyber security research and skill development as well as foster design and development in the application of cyber security.

How it Works:

  • Popularise contest through social media and the web
  • Organise talks by Industry and academic leaders on cyber security
  • Enlist highly skilled mentors and designate mentors for shortlisted teams
  • Showcase the prototypes of finalists (evaluated on the pre-determined criteria)

Outcome:

  • Building of cyber security research and related skills
  • Design and development of novel prototypes in a wide range of application areas
  • Expansion of knowledge and awareness of participants on cyber security

The CSIR contest has been successfully conducted in major cities of South India.

Tech Challenge

Tech Challenge is a platform to introduce young children to essential computational skills such as design mind set, coding, and digital making. The challenge allows for young innovators to come and showcase their futuristic tech infused unique projects to the world.

How it Works:

  • Online Ideathon (brainstorm innovative ideas of promising projects on products/services)
  • Submit synopsis
  • Makeathon followed by an opportunity to showcase on regional and national platforms

Outcome:

  • 65 + Ideathons conducted across India
  • 5000 ideas received
  • 30+ Makeathons organised
  • 71 projects showcased at Innovation Festival

Hackathons

We organise Hackathons to spur ideation and innovation among the youth (age 16-25 years) and build skills to address real world challenges and design novel solutions that have economic and social impact.

How it Works:

  • Communicate a Theme: Hackathons are done in a number of application areas such as Health, Education, Electronics, Rural IT, Agriculture, FinTech, Cyber Security, e-governance, citizen services etc.
  • Select the Ideas: Selection of ideas based on evaluation of abstracts – key focus is novelty, feasibility of implementation, technology goals and potential of the idea to become a solution, services or a business
  • Engage in Partnerships: Collaboration with multiple eco-system partners is crucial for the success of Hackathons. Learning Links Foundation partners with best in class institutes of higher learning, multi-national corporations, technology apex bodies, government IT agencies and start up community to provide high quality mentoring and networking opportunities to participants.
  • Hacking: Unique 24 – 48 Hrs non-stop hacking with live mentoring by industry experts , development of the prototypes, pitching to a jury panel and felicitation to winners
  • Disbursement: Learning Links Foundation supports selected budding innovators with further mentoring for Minimum Viable Product (MVP) development, incubation and early start up support through its partners and associates

Outcome:

  • Bridging of gap between Industry and Academia , industry relevant skills development
  • Promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship among youth
  • Development of novel technology solutions in a range of application areas

Customised Solutions

Tech Girlz has been introduced as a focused program to inspire and engage girls in the age group of 10-14 years. It is an academic enrichment curriculum laid out as a series of independent activities where students are engaged in hands-on STEM and design activities that enhance knowledge, problem solving and creativity skills in STEM.

How it Works:

Organise Camps: Tech Girlz STEM camps are organised across the country.

Impact Study: Assess students' skills after attending the camps.

Outcome:

  • 90% of the students admitted that the workshop generated enthusiasm and confidence in them
  • 87% of the students said that they would love to study Science and Mathematics through play and learn method
  • 88% of the students said that after attending the workshops, they would like to pursue science in higher classes

Impact

  • Over 99% attendance across all intervention schools due to the adoption of technology
  • Over 90% of the children in our intervention schools are able to code and develop websites as well as apps
  • Over 450,000 children and youth are following safe internet and online practices
  • Over 70% of the community youth empowered with digital literacy skills
38,206 Schools
143,41,580 Students
3,39,369 Teachers
28,068 School Leaders
1,28,206 Youth
46,565 Community Children
31,200 Army Personnel
95,000 Volunteering Hours
17,081 Online Community &
Government Stakeholders

Partners