The second edition of the National Student Challenge was launched in the month of July 2012. The outreach process was more widespread and a total of 527 teams registered to participate in the Challenge.
Specialists from both within and outside IIHS followed a rigorous evaluation process to shortlist 26 teams. Subject matter experts mentored these teams to help them work on their proposals. The mentor pool was drawn from IIHS internal networks and two mentor partners, CIIE MentorEdge and The Indus Entrepreneurs, Bangalore and from other institutions in West Bengal and Odisha. The teams worked with the assigned mentors for a period of five weeks to refine their business models. The semi-finals were held at the IIHS Bangalore City Campus on December 6, 2012. Six teams were shortlisted to present their solutions to a Grand Jury
Kumej is a light collapsible floor seater primarily aimed at allowing underprivileged students (age group 6-10 years old) in street or rural schools to carry and create their own comfortable work space surface.
This design idea is focused on introducing a bicycle-sharing system for short distance travelling from railway stations to other destinations. The concept is to create an alternate system of public transport in the city and reduce the pressure on other modes of transport.
Team Urbana presented a solution on building a comprehensive waste collection cum recycling system with a modular scalable business model in Kolkata, and applicable to any other urban setup.