Driving change: Accenture 2016 contest to focus on tech-based solutions

L N Revathy Coimbatore | Updated on January 17, 2018


Key themes this year include empowering women, preventing business frauds, creating inclusive digital India

With just a week left for students to submit their entries, the Accenture Innovation Jockeys (season 5) contest seems to be creating a lot of buzz in campuses. The contest conducted by Accenture India in partnership with Yahoo India will be closing the entries on August 17.

AIJ, was rolled out about five years back and is open to all colleges across the country.

According to Accenture the idea is to kindle the young minds to come up with innovative ideas using technology to transform India. “Some solutions of the earlier seasons have already been taken to market. That's not all. The Accenture Innovation Jockeys contest is emerging as yet another platform for identifying great talent,” says Raghavan Iyer, Managing Director, Technology Delivery and Innovation Council Lead, Accenture India.

Record entries

According to Iyer, Accenture has received a record 9,300 submissions in the first four seasons from students across tier I and II cities, including 1,300 ideas in 2014 and the numbers almost doubling to over 2450 submissions the following year.

The company, he said established an Innovation Framework in 2014-15, which “is all about how we drive innovation systematically across all our clients. We co-innovate with clients who drive innovation,” he added.

Tech based theme

For the 2016 season, Accenture has departed from its hitherto technology focused theme to drive students to think about the societal challenges and how technology can help solve such issues.

Reverting to the current season's theme, he said “Innovation Jockeys 5 (2016 season) contest aims to bring a positive change to society through three themes:

- Detecting fraud and preventing business malpractice

- Creating an inclusive digital India

- empowering women

“Towards detecting fraud and preventing business malpractice, the challenge would be in building platforms, web applications and mobile solutions that could be innovatively used to detect fraud, prevent corruption and thwart malpractices. The teams that are focused on creating an inclusive digital India could work around the pillars of Digital India like eGovernance, eKranti, electronics manufacturing and innovations that enable digital citizenship.”

“And finally towards addressing the challenges faced by women, the web or mobile application could be around safety, health, sanitation, education and employment,” he said

Accenture meanwhile has introduced an all “Women's team” as a new award category this season. “Additionally, all eligible participants of the grand finale would be given a chance to participate in the company's fast-track recruitment process.”

Published on August 10, 2016

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