About the program

With vaccinations and a general easing of the pandemic, people, employees and students will soon return back to campuses. Smart City Living Lab at IIITH is launching “Back to campus startup challenge”, a unique platform for the private and public sector to discover digital capabilities to help campuses stay nimble during trying times. This back-to-campus safety & security technologies challenge is envisioned to scout for those innovations and to bring the private and public sector together with research facilities to work on the post covid challenges. A campaign for startups and innovators to showcase solutions (customer-ready) that can help with ensuring safety & security of campuses as people return back to work. To help with cleanliness, hygiene, social distancing, detecting symptoms and such.

Focus Areas

  • Testing and screening for people on the campus
  • Automatic cleaning and sanitation
  • Crowd control/monitoring (people, vehicles, Queue/ Social distancing)
  • Remote temperature/health monitoring
  • Air quality to prevent infection(Mitigation of covid aerosols in the campuses)
  • Social distancing and contactless solutions for commerce

Why Should You Apply?

Finalists get a chance to:

  • Set up a live demo in the smart campus at IIIT H. Cost will be covered by IIITH.
  • Showcase the solutions to IT park chiefs, Facility managers, education institutions and other corporates invited.

Who Should Apply?

  • Startups/teams working on the above-mentioned areas in the post prototype stage.
  • Startups/teams with a working prototype with market validation preferred but not mandatory.

About SmartCity Living Labs

Smart City Research Center is set up with support from MEITY (Government of India), Smart City Mission and Government of Telangana at IIIT-H. The research center includes a Living Lab, which is a setup with support from EBTC and Amsterdam Innovation Arena. The Building on the Smart Campus @ IIITH Smart City Research Center is based on the following Objectives: There is a huge push for smart cities in India under the Smart Cities Mission, a new initiative by the Government of India to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology to create smart outcomes for citizens. In this ambitious project, 100 cities are being covered for the duration of 5 years with a budget of Rs.100 crore per city per year. The goal of the Living Lab plan is to create an urban area enhancing three value domains: social, economic and environmental. Thus developed Living Lab shall enable the following:

  • Generate data for research
  • Get expertise in IoT for Smart Cities related research and deployment
  • Creation of a viable innovation and demand driven ecosystem in universities.
  • Provide a test bench for IoT based Smart City implementations to start-ups as well as big companies


  • Start of the campaign : 21st October
  • Last date to apply : 29th October
  • Final Short list of Startups : 3rd November
  • Demo day : 8th November
  • Finale workshop(winner announcement & PR) : 12th November
  • Initial screening will be done by the living labs teams
  • First level selection will be done by a panel of members from Living Labs, MeitY and Smart city tech MNCs
  • Finalist will be decided by a panel of 10 Smart city tech MNCs

Partners :

  • Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology
  • National Smart City Mission
  • Govt of Telangana.

Corporate Partners :

  • CBRE
  • Intel
  • Silicon Labs