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Smart City Design


  • Minimum team size 3
  • Maximum team size 4

An event specifically designed for participants to brainstorm and bring innovative ideas about the development of a new Smart city. In a few years, there will be hordes of people living in smart-cities. Every different type of stakeholder will face some unique problems in such ecosystem. A stakeholder in smart-city could anyone, from elderlies to the wage-workers and from business owners to housewives. There has been increasing focus on developing solution so that each of these different types of people find life in smart-city convenient. Making use of design thinking, we want you to build such solutions.

To apply managerial concepts to solve problems of a particular category of stakeholders in smart-cities.
To test the teams’ understanding of the issues particular types of people experiences on a regular basis while residing in smart-cities
To provide a plan of action for the same keeping in mind the feasibility of the solution in a smart-city.
Economic logic is NOT the prevalent criteria, understanding the deep rooted problems one does not think as a problem (but faces as a part of daily life hurdles) is what is expected from the participants.


  • The members of teams cannot be from different institutes.
  • Event is open for all students and student organizations working in similar fields.
  • Team can be of 1st year, 2nd year or a mix of both.
  • A student cannot be part of more than one team.
  • All decisions in matters of eligibility, authenticity, and final judgments will be with Confluence team.
  • The format and rules of events are subject to change before the start of the event
  • There is no limit to the number of teams participating from an institute.
  • Teams selected for the final round will be partially reimbursed for travel.
  • Participation in all the rounds necessary to claim any of the prizes.


  • Registration start date 19 October 2016
  • Registration end date 02 November 2016
  • Case-release date 19 October 2016
  • First-round submission deadline 07 November 2016
  • First-round result declaration date 07 November 2016
  • Second-round submission deadline: 18 November 2016
  • Second-round result declaration: 20 November 2016


Round 1

The first round will be document submission and this round will be an online elimination round. The teams will be judged on the basis of their solutions to the problem they understand the particular stakeholder would experience. The stakeholder you are trying to help and their problem you are solving should be clearly highlighted. The submission will be one page with a maximum of 500 words. The submission can be in either doc/pdf format. The submissions have to be mailed to p15deepdineshk@iima.ac.in with the subject as: [Confluence] Smart City Design Submission.
Following the round 1, top fifteen teams will be selected for the round 2.

Round 2

The second round would consist of using the aspect of design thinking to understand the particular stakeholders, provide a contextual map and list down the effective problems encountered by him/her on a daily basis. Consequently, what solutions would one provide for helping out the particular stakeholder in a new smart city designed specifically for the said stakeholder. There will be two options (of stakeholders) available for the participants to choose from. This round will have two different stakeholders from the first round. Participants are expected to provide a 10 slide presentation (excluding the front slide, no need for adding a last slide). The participants would be provided with a report providing them with what exactly is design thinking and what exactly is expected from them (long term, short term approach, implementation plan etc). The submission has to be in ppt format and should be mailed to p15deepdineshk@iima.ac.in with the subject as: [Confluence] Smart City Design Submission.
Following the round 2, top three teams will be selected for the campus round.

Final Round

Following the round 2, the top three teams would be showcase their ideas/analysis to judges in the campus. They can make changes in their presentations (if they want to), from the second round. The presentation will have maximum of 10 slides. The presentation will be of 10 minutes each followed by 5 minutes for follow-up questions.
Use design thinking to understand the problems encountered by the particular stakeholder in smart-cities
Use abductive thinking to understand the daily life of stakeholders
Provide real-time solutions that can be implemented and are feasible
They will be judged on the basis of their understanding the problem and providing novel solutions to the topic. Not use just management jargons but real-time solutions. They will also be judged on their presentation, their delivery skills.


First Prize – INR 30,000 Second Prize – INR 20,000 Winner of the First Round – INR 5,000


Deep Dinesh Kumar