Building Industry Innovation Exhibit (BIIE)

At the SDI Finals 2023 in Mysuru, SDI invited the industry to showcase their innovative products that mitigate climate change and enhance sustainability. Their products were displayed in the Building Industry Innovation Exhibit, which served as inspiration for students and attending professionals alike and encouraged dialogue between academia and industry. Of twenty-four applicants, twelve were shortlisted to exhibit their products at the finals. They competed for the SDI Climate Smart Innovation Award by exhibiting and pitching their products to Guruprakash Sastry and Priya Nair from Infosys.

The winner of the first ever SDI Climate Smart Innovation Award was GreenJams. The company presented Agrocrete® blocks that have a better thermal performance compared to AAC blocks. GreenJams takes discarded plant matter, such as hemp stalks, straw, and corn stalks, which would otherwise be burned to contribute to carbon emissions and repurposes it into construction material that combines this plant matter with a mineral binder called BINDR™. Agrocrete® not only prevents the release of greenhouse gases, but also uses the power of photosynthesis to remove carbon dioxide from the air. As a result, it sequesters carbon, all without compromising on strength and durability.

BIIE participants from 2022-23

Participant Testimonials

Met some great leaders from Infosys, leading architects to whom our product raised lots of interest and surprise, as we were the first company in the world to do a zero energy, zero water wastage purifier and that too any sizes stating from standalone 15 litres to as large as 2500 litres. Many promised CSR work from Infosys foundation as well. Looking forward for another great event this year!

Chandrasekaran J, Founder, Watsan Envirotech Private Limited

A great showcase for startups in green and energy efficiency sector. The platform gave us a great networking and visibility opportunity. We are thankful to the organisers.

Iram Maimuna, Founder & Director, E-Waste Social Pvt. Ltd.

The Solar decathlon team did a marvelous job at hosting and orchestrating this event seamlessly. The energy and the excitement of the students was amplified by the inspiring location at Infosys campus which is an epitome of sustainably planned township. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of pitching our product alongside industry colleagues!

Vishnu Sasidharan, Vice President and Business Head - Climate Technologies, Pluss Advanced Technologies Ltd.

The conference and events we attended has helped us a lot specially in terms of outreach marketing and business connects. Also thanks for the efforts taken by the organising teams.

Prasad Palekar, Product Manager, SustLabs

The 2024 edition of the competition has been renamed as Climate Smart Innovation Exhibition & Award (CSI).