Shreya Thakkar Watching her grandparents growing old, 28-year-old researcher and designer Shreya Thakkar made ‘Wander On Assist’ smart cane — a high-tech, all-in-one service and healthcare device.

The cane is “ideal for those seeking partial walking assistance”. According to Shreya, it promotes freedom and independence with an adjustable height, a built-in pedometer, and a shock-absorbing ergonomic design.

The cane also has a built-in pedometer that tracks steps and a sensor that monitors blood pressure, temperature, and pulse.

Haaziq Kazi Talking about young innovators, Haaziq Kazi’s innovation that can help reduce plastic pollution deserves an applause.

At the young age of 12, after much testing and failures, he was able to develop a prototype ocean cleaner ship that can suck out plastic from the ocean surface. In simple words, it is an enormous vacuum cleaner with compartments that can process waste, collect waste oil and treat different sizes of plastic by analysing and segregating it!

Mohammed Suhail At just 18, Mohammed Suhail from Mangalore was awarded the prestigious Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya of Bal Puraskar for his innovation that can diagnose pre-symptomatic Protein-Energy Malnutrition (PEM) with paper strips costing only Rs 2!

The process begins with taking the child’s saliva sample on the paper. If the colour of the paper changes, it is an indicator that the child lacks proteins and nutrients. The biomarker in a person’s saliva is correlated to the level of protein in one’s blood.

Additionally, Suhail also developed a mobile app for the process where the paper can be scanned to show the percentage of protein or the level of malnutrition. The biomarker in saliva is correlated to the level of protein in one’s blood.

Anusweta Deb Worried by the floods in Assam, Anusweta Deb (18) found a unique way of helping people and the environment at the same time.

She developed life jackets made out of plastic bottles. These lifejackets can carry 110 kg of weight afloat and cost only Rs 150 to make and are available in small, medium, and large sizes.

Shiv Kampani Mumbai-based Shiv Kampani (17), has become an inspiration for other innovators with his effort to find a solution to manual scavenging.

He developed a robot that can clean human waste from drains, pipes and sewers. Named ‘The Pipe Cleaner’, this robotic cleaning brush has now been shared with Mumbai’s sewage management department and has already been tested positively in sewerage pipes.