Interview with Isha, Top Student Innovator in The Moody’s Foundation Quality Education Challenge

Isha and team earned $2,500 for their idea to help address UN Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education.

Isha, a student at Delhi Public School in Haryana, India, is leader of a team with a business idea that can help bring high-quality education to more kids: a solar-powered printer that prints educational materials for people in rural communities. Isha came up with this idea while participating in NFTE’s World Series of Innovation: Sustainable Development Goals competition, and we asked her a few questions about her inspiration and plans for the future.

1. After you read the World Series of Innovation Challenges, how did you come up with the idea for your winning submission? What inspired you? 

My idea is solely based upon giving education to the rural population at the same level as the urban and making them experience the same luxurious of education as the urban population. Also our idea is based upon improving the pollution levels. So I came up with the idea of a ‘printer’ which acts as an educational luxury and at the same time would offer the people with calibre education taking the pollution levels into account. In today’s modern scenario calibre education is a must at all levels. Thus after a lot of addition and deletion I came up with this idea.

What inspired me the most was the curiosity and the wonder in the eyes of the less fortunate as my school also offers education to more than a thousand less fortunate kids and I always see them so focused while studying that it made me think that actually the rural area requires something like this as they have that spark to learn something new, so I came up with this.

This was the best experience ever as I mingled with new people, got to learn a lot of new things, and got to know a lot of new perspectives and ideas regarding a particular product and how people perceive.

2. Are you interested in social/political issues? Why?

I choose this challenge with the viewpoint that the people who are illiterate and less fortunate would benefit from this at a large extent and provide the people at levels with the same technology, education, and luxury.

3. Did you know about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before participating in World Series of Innovation?

Yes, I was very much familiar with UN’s Sustainable Development Goal Programme, which did form the basis of the fair frame work for this project, and I could also see that the topics in this competition did relate to some of those goals mentioned.

4. What are your goals and aspirations (generallynot specific to World Series of Innovation or school! Career aspirations, life aspirations)?

My current goal is to get into a good college and complete my BBA and MBA course.

5. Do you plan to turn your World Series of Innovation idea into a business?

Yes, since I want to make calibre education available for all and provide people with all sorts of educational facilities and educational luxuries in one.

6. What are your plans with the prize money?

I will invest some in innovative ideas and will keep some for future endeavours.

7. What would you tell someone who isn’t sure if they can make a difference when faced with big challenges like the Sustainable Development Goals?

Nothing is impossible in this world. We can aim to achieve this goal at an individual level by making progress on the big challenges faced in our world today, by taking small steps that can add up to big progress. So one should have confidence within themselves regarding the decisions and moves he makes for bringing change in this world, because there are many problems in this world, if not making a huge impact would at least be used for eradicating smaller issues in the world before they form into big issues and major ones for the world. So just have faith in yourself and move forward with your idea with the hopes to change the world.