Healthy Cities

Blue Sky Analytics

An AI-powered platform providing key air quality data and source emissions parameters

Team Lead

Abhilasha Purwar

14 Comments
MK MK Mithun Kumar

In response to In which countries will you be operating within the next year?

Please include Malaysia as well. It's named as top air polluted country right now.

Abhilasha Purwar

We will be expanding our products to South East Asia, in 2020.
It is the first focus market outside of India & South Asian Subcontinent.

We want to do one major geography at a time to ensure that models and tech infrastructure are done perfectly and then expand.

We also always need lot of ground data through partnerships & collaboration for expansions into new geographies for model training & ground-truthing. If you can connect us with few organizations working in Malaysia & other SE Asia countries that might have most ground sensors etc, please do connect us with them.

Typically, the 2-3 leading non-governmental & governmental bodies on Environment are the best partners for us.

SD SD Sudarsan Dash

You have demonstrated remarkable leadership in air quality. Keep it up, Abhilasha.

Abhilasha Purwar

Thanks, Sudarshan. So much of it has been enabled by the Fulbright Scholarship program. Forever grateful and indebted.

A User

Need of the hour initiative..Great Work

Abhilasha Purwar

Thanks so much. Hope to really move the needle.

Romina Libster

In response to What is the problem you are solving?

How would you think the solution be received by the civil user?
Did you consider whether it could generate any negative psychological impact at the user level? The user can see the pollution level, however they might not be able to modify the lifestyle accordingly. Do you have any input/comment about this aspect on the psychological impact?

Abhilasha Purwar

Our first solution, BreeZo - Air Quality App available on mobile & web, is already used by 10,000+ civil users to monitor the air quality of their neighborhood and take life decisions accordingly.

I agree pollution has huge negative psychological impact. In pat 5 years, pollution has become highly normalized in India leading people to a state of complacency.

However, if you look carefully at the air quality data in India, you will find huge variations from 100-600. Our hypothesis is that, if we can alert and assist people in 40-50 peak pollution days per year, it could significantly reduce their pollution exposure. For instance, canceling outdoor sports classes for certain days, or simply carrying masks when going outside, could lead to huge physiological benefits.

Recently, a 28-year-old non-smoker female was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in Delhi, and doctors directly pointed at air quality which is equivalent to 30+ cigarettes a day.

Despite this air quality, 50 million people reside in Delhi, and if small tweaks to lifestyle can help people reduce their exposure, while we build-up the policy & social momentum for change, I think that would be a large impact.

Solve Team

In response to If you selected Other, please explain here.

Your solution looks like it might be eligible for the AI Innovations Prize. If you haven't already, check out the eligibility requirements and consider applying by completing the prize-specific question in the application.

Abhilasha Purwar

Sure, we would be glad to be considered for the AI Innovations Price. Recently, we were the winners of Facebook AI for Social Good Challenge in India and got selected as the India Innovation Program.

We will answer all the questions relevant to the AI Innovations Price to ensure proper application submission.

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