In the engineering and business schools categories of the 2023 Accenture Innovation Challenge, students from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi) and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) took first place, respectively.

The competition's goal was to provide cutting-edge, technologically driven solutions for practical issues. Participating in the 3.5-month tournament were over 182,000 students from over 6600 colleges, with 37% of them being female.

Raghavan Iyer, senior managing director and Innovation lead, Advanced Technology Centers at Accenture said, “Advanced technologies have the potential to not just solve business challenges but also address critical challenges facing society such as climate change, clean energy, and responsible consumption.”

“They can play a vital role in enabling equitable access to education, skilling, healthcare, and accelerate advances in agriculture, financial inclusion, and governance. Through the annual Accenture Innovation Challenge, our aim is to inspire technology-led creative thinking among young minds to address real world problems with affordable and scalable solutions,” Iyer added.

"Reinvent businesses and accelerate change with the power of technology" was the topic for the challenge according to a news release from Accenture. In order to create and showcase original solutions, participants were urged to make use of innovative technologies like automation, blockchain, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and digital twins.

Team Svar, the IIT Delhi delegation that emerged victorious in the technology category, created a smartphone app powered by AI and machine learning that automates and customises speech treatment for kids with speech impairments. Presently accessible in Hindi and English, the programme has intentions to incorporate additional regional languages and provides a constantly virtual speech therapist. It encourages kids to keep up their therapy by rewarding them for pronouncing words correctly.

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad's all-female TARS team created a virtual stylist app for the business track that can create brand-new looks and ensembles from users' pre-existing wardrobes, encouraging frugal living and ethical consumption.