Today, more and more women are migrating to India’s cities in search of work, which has led to increased concern over the last few years about their safety in urban areas. Today I speak to Dr Kalpana Viswanath is the co-founder and CEO of Safetipin, which is a social enterprise using data and technology to support cities in their endeavour to become safer, more inclusive and smarter.
Since its inception in 2013, Safetipin has worked with more than 30 cities in India and other developing countries. Safetipin collects public space data from multiple sources including the MySafetipin app, and works with governments, to use this data for better planning and maintenance of cities.
So in this episode, we talk about how the app works, plans for the future, working with the government on urban safety, she gives advice on doing your own social enterprise and being a city girl! So please enjoy the show!
In this conversation we also talk about:
- The state of Social Entrepreneurship in India
- Advice on Crowdsourcing - it's difficult
- Working on urban safety
- Reclaiming public space
- Favorites examples of social entrepreneurship in India - Meet 2 Sleep! (interesting idea)
- Favorites cities
- Thoughts on Delhi & Mumbai
- Why its called Safetipin - interesting story!
- What would this look like in 10yrs time?
- Winning a number of awards
and much much more!
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