Falling Walls Lab India 2020

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What is the Falling Walls Lab?

Falling Walls Lab is a unique competition that provides young researchers and entrepreneurs a platform to present their research project business plan or social initiative. The challenge is to present this in just 3 minutes!

Who can participate?

Students, entrepreneurs, early-career researchers, & academics of all disciplines.

What are the prizes?

  1. Falling Walls Lab 2020 Winner

–       Compete with Falling Walls Lab winners (100 International winners!) from across the world at the global Lab finale that takes place in Berlin in November.

–       Ticket to the prestigious Falling Walls Conference in Berlin where leaders from science, industry and policy-making meet.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Finale, as well as the Conference, will take place online this year. 

  1. DAAD Entrepreneurship Prize 2020 winner

–       Opportunity to participate in the Innovation Week, a 5-day entrepreneurship boot camp in Germany organised and hosted by the DAAD (Research in Germany) together with TU-9 Universities.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Innovation Week will take place online this year. 

The trip to Berlin (under usual circumstances) is financed by the DWIH New Delhi.

Shortlisted contestants for 2020

S.No First name Last name Presentation title
1 Priyanka Sharma Breaking the Wall of High-Speed Communications
2 Suraj Mohan Breaking the Wall of Wearables in Medical Diagnosis
3 Sandal Kotawala Breaking the Wall of Glaucoma – with Accessible Diagnosis
4 Siddharth Mandala Confronting Sexual Assault Using Footwear and Girl Power!
5 Satyam Mohla Breaking the Wall of Kidney Disorders & Preeclampsia
6 Varinder Singh MOKSH Converting Farmer Waste to Wealth
7 Vimal Kumar CR Breaking the Wall of Discomfort for Disabled Persons
8 Tushar Goswamy Breaking the Wall of Polio Recurrence in India
9 Sai Challa Breaking the Wall of Oil and Gas Pipelines Repair Technology
10 Parneet Kaur Breaking the Wall of Novel Inhibitors Based Biomarker as a Diagnostic for COVID-19
11 Ankit Singh Breaking the Wall of Rooftop Clean Energy Market
12 Vasanth K Breaking the Wall of Human Scavengers
13 Akin Joseph Breaking the Wall of Conventional Patient Care with AI
14 Balram Bhardwaj Breaking the Wall of Unexplored Hydrokinetics Potential
15 Abhishek Tiwari Breaking the Wall of Creep-Fatigue Crack Resistant Material
16 Kavya Ganesan Breaking the Wall of RFID Signboards Detection Systems

Jury Details:

Dr. Katja Lasch

DWIH New Delhi / DAAD

Dr. Katja Lasch joined as the Director of the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi in October 2019 and is responsible for its strategic management. At the same time, she heads the DAAD Regional Office in India.  Prior to her work in India, she headed the DAAD’s International Research Marketing Division at the head office in Bonn and the DAAD Information Centre in Bucharest (Romania). Previously, she has also worked in international cultural exchange. Her professional focus and interests lie in the field of international university and research cooperation as well as entrepreneurship.

Katja Lasch holds a doctorate in history. She has studied Eastern European history, political science and Romanian linguistics and is also qualified in business administration.


Mr. Julian Zix

Project Lead

Information will be updated soon.

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Mr. Himanshu Malik

Co-Head Innovations
Invest India

Himanshu is a startup enthusiast and currently assumes the role of a senior leader in Invest India where he helps innovative startups find commercialisation routes under the aegis of AGNIi Mission of the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to GoI. He is an ex-founder of a food-tech venture and also has over a decade of leadership experience in Real Estate and the Financial Services industry. He holds an Executive Education from IIM Calcutta and is a finance graduate from Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi University.


Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed

CEO and Director
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP)

Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed is the CEO and Director at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), an initiative of Dept of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, initial training has been in neurosciences, where he received his PhD from Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany and followed it up by postdoctoral training at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). At the same time, he also underwent training in management for Biotech and Innovation from QB3 at UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. In the bay area, he also served as a Management Consultant with QB3 New Biotech Venture Consulting and in an individual capacity, he also consulted for many biotech firms in the US.

Dr. Saiyed is also an Adjunct Faculty at Amrita Institute – School of Biotechnology and working on Neurodegeneration. He also heads the Discovery to Innovation Accelerator program at C-CAMP. He is actively involved in promoting innovation in life sciences/healthcare by supporting translation of discoveries to application, entrepreneurship and technology development.


Dr. Tina Ruseva

Founder and CEO

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Mr. Philipp von Ritter

Science Counsellor
Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany

Information will be updated soon.

Dr. Alex Koch

Managing Director
IT Inkubator 

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Dr. N Kalaiselvi

CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI)

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Audience Registration

To attend this year’s Falling Walls Lab India, please register yourself by clicking on the Registration Link below. You will receive an email containing more information, including the login link for the virtual event, soon after your registration is confirmed. In case of questions, please write to us at info@dwih-newdelhi.org


Event Information

August 21, 2020, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Organizer: DWIH New Delhi, DAAD, IIT Kanpur