Varun Banka and Prukalpa Sankar, 24, 24
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During the Chennai floods, SocialCops used its app to assess damage and manage relief inventory, and help government agencies and NGOs to locate the distressed. The 30-member data startup is also working with the Andhra Pradesh government and the Tata Trust to develop a plan for a model constituency using data on health, sanitation, and poverty. Then it is helping Uttar Pradesh curb its high maternal mortality rate by getting data directly from delivery rooms to identify where things are going wrong. Banka and Sankar want Socialcops to be as democratic as possible. So much so that the team decides which project to take on. It also leaves them with enough time to evangelise Captain’s Ball, an improvised version of basketball.