Karnataka Ministers inaugurate Shell's Changemakers of Tomorrow
Oct 11, 2023
India: Hon’ble Minister for Science & Technology, Minor Irrigation, Government of Karnataka Shri. N.S. Boseraju and Hon’ble Minister for Revenue, Government of Karnataka, Shri. Krishna Byre Gowda today inaugurated Shell India’s ‘Changemakers of Tomorrow’. It is aimed at fostering collaboration among the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, industry leaders and academic experts.
The three-day event at the Shell Technology Centre in Bangalore, will showcase innovations from STEM students, entrepreneurs and engineering enthusiasts. Workshops, seminars, and presentations on technology advancements will offer participants an immersive experience, promoting knowledge sharing, idea exchange and relationship building.
Speaking on the launch, Shri. N.S. Boseraju, Hon’ble Minister for Science & Technology, Minor Irrigation, Government of Karnataka, said, “We are thrilled to witness an event of such significance taking place in Bangalore, our state's hub of innovation and technology. The convergence of innovation and low-carbon energy solutions is critical not only for our state but for our entire nation. Shell’s Changemakers of Tomorrow aligns well with our state's commitment to sustainable growth and technology-driven solutions.”
“Shell’s Changemakers of Tomorrow is an important platform for knowledge sharing between industry leaders, innovators and young talents and will further advance the startup ecosystem in Karnataka. Such events are essential for driving growth in the energy landscape through climate-friendly innovations that are necessary for transition to environment friendly energy alternatives. These initiatives also hold immense potential for economic growth through investment opportunities,” added Shri. Krishna Byre Gowda, Hon’ble Minister for Revenue, Government of Karnataka.
In the pursuit of its vision of sustainable growth, India recognises that energy lies at the very heart of its progress. While the country faces a pressing and intricate challenge given its vulnerability to climate change, it faces a significant energy trilemma; ensuring a reliable clean energy supply, equitable energy access, and protection of the environment. ‘Changemakers of Tomorrow’ seeks to initiate a dialogue to address this trilemma by uniting efforts of the government, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and young innovators.
The agenda includes flagship initiatives aimed towards accelerating India’s journey towards a sustainable, energy-rich, and lower-carbon future - Shell Eco-marathon World Championship 20231, NXplorers2, Shell.ai Hackathon3 and Shell E44. ‘Changemakers of Tomorrow’ will also introduce new platforms to fuel collaboration and innovation among future leaders, including DiscoverSTEM, Women in Technology, and the Start-up conclave.
Mansi Madan Tripathy, Chairman, Shell Group of Companies in India, said, “This program signifies Shell’s commitment to driving positive change in the energy sector and empowering the next generation of energy innovators. By shaping a cleaner, more accessible energy landscape, we demonstrate our dedication to co-create a sustainable future. I am confident that this three-day event will spark transformative ideas and inspire lasting impact.”
1 Shell Eco-marathon World Championship 2023: A part of Shell Eco-marathon, introduced in 2016, challenges top Urban Concept teams to combine the proven energy efficiency and driver skills, racing to finish first on the least amount of fuel.
2 NXplorers: Shell's global STEM Education program, ‘NXplorers’ is an innovative educational programme that introduces young people to the complex and creative thinking needed to bring about positive change.
3 Shell.ai Hackathon: It brings together brilliant minds passionate about digital solutions and AI, to tackle real energy challenges and help build a lower-carbon world where everyone can access and afford energy.
4 Shell E4: The strategic intent of Shell E4 is to accelerate India’s transition to a sustainable energy future by becoming a major actor in the entrepreneurial ecosystem by linking talent, technology, capital, and know-how for energy entrepreneurs in the country.
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About Shell India
Shell is one of India's most diversified international energy companies, with over 10,000 employees and a presence across upstream, integrated gas, downstream, renewable energy, and deep capabilities in Research & Development, digitisation, and business operations. With over 350 retail stations across eight states, Shell India is expanding its fuel station network and launched Shell Recharge, its EV charging service, in September 2022, which is rapidly growing in the EV infrastructure space.
Shell Lubricants serves over 50,000 consumers through a network of more than 200 B2C and B2B distributors and operates an end-to-end value chain that spans conceptualization and development, production at a world-class blending plant, and distribution through a network of four regional distribution centres and eight warehouses. The company also fully owns and operates an LNG re-gasification terminal at Hazira, Surat. In addition, Shell India has also established an LNG truck-loading unit to supply natural gas to customers across the country. With a focus on digitisation and sustainable solutions, Shell is nurturing a vibrant ecosystem in India to accelerate energy innovation. Its initiatives include Shell E4 for startups, Shell Eco-marathon, investments in new energy companies like Husk Power, d.light, Orb Energy and Cleantech Solar, and the acquisition of renewables asset developers Solenergi Power Private Limited and the Sprng Energy group of companies. Shell also remains committed to positively contributing to the communities in which it operates through programmes like NXplorers, Drive Safe, and Road Safety across India.
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