Hyderabad: Founder & CEO of StaTwig, a T-Hub-incubated blockchain technology startup, Siddhartha Chakravarthy has become one of the three Indians selected by the USA Pavilion as part of the Expo 2020 Fellows Program to be held in Dubai. The programme is focused on empowering and educating young global leaders tackling the world’s most pressing socio-economic issues by helping them hone their leadership and problem-solving skills.
StaTwig has developed a blockchain solution called VaccineLedger, which can track and monitor every single vaccine in the supply chain. The solution has been deployed in several countries.
Sid Chakravarthy, founder & CEO of StaTwig, told Telangana Today, “This fellowship programme at USA Pavilion is a great opportunity for me to amplify innovation by building strong relationships with 39 other young and diverse leaders from across the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA). Representing India at this global event is an honour and I will do my best to promote our culture and our growing startup ecosystem both in Hyderabad and India.”
Other two Indians selected for the programme include Dr Vani Vijay, co-founder and managing partner, Vydyuthi Energy Services; and Rajat Sethi, principal advisor to chief minister of Manipur, Government of Manipur. The fellowship involves virtual sessions in August and September 2021, a week of in-person programming in Dubai in October 2021 and again in February 2022.
Funded by a $500,000 grant from The PepsiCo Foundation, the seven-month-long programme brings together 40 young leaders from 20 countries across the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA). Focused on trade, sustainability, and future cities – the programme aims to foster dialogue across the MENASA region, spur debate, and ultimately enable the Fellows to build communities and solutions that will respond to the contemporary challenges.
Participants are leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to improving the lives of those around them. They were nominated by US diplomatic missions from participating countries and selected through a competitive application process run by the Observer Research Foundation America (ORF America), and Observer Research Foundation (ORF).
The programme commences with virtual orientation sessions led by pavilion leaders that will introduce Fellows and lay the building blocks for their global network. Following virtual sessions, Fellows will be flown to Expo 2020 Dubai where they will meet with pavilion leaders, participate in panel discussions, and network across Expo.
Fellows will also participate in hands-on instructional sessions in dynamic classroom style, and development of a group project that Fellows will work on throughout the duration of the programme. For those unable to travel due to the ongoing pandemic, a virtual programme has been developed to ensure they receive the same benefits as others.
Following their visit to Dubai, Fellows will return home and participate in a digital bootcamp led by AstroLabs. Designed as a virtual bridge between in-person segments, this phase will focus on mentoring the Fellows as they complete their individual and group projects.
The programme culminates in a fourth phase consisting of five days of in-person development at Expo 2020 Dubai, including the presentation of group projects. It is expected that more than 2,000 people will benefit from the work carried out in this programme.