Every child’s mind is a treasure trove brimming with innovative ideas and limitless ambitions. However, most of the ideas are not harnessed due to the lack of opportunities at the grassroots level. Through the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE National Innovation Contest 2017 (IGNITE 2017), the National Foundation (NIF) aims to provide children an opportunity to express their innovative ideas on a public platform.
About the contest:
- A national-level contest conducted annually in order to harness the creative and innovative spirits of children across the country, IGNITE aims at making children think out of the box so that they come up with solutions for solving day-to-day problems faced by households and people working as porters, laborers and the ilk.
- The student is only required to present his idea with utmost clarity and mention the target audience of his/her project.
Eligibility Criteria for applying to IGNITE 2017:
- All students under the age of 18 years who are presently enrolled in any stream are eligible to apply for IGNITE 2017.
- Students who have already passed their 12th grade are not allowed to apply.
- Children below the age of 18 years who have had little/no formal education are invited to submit their ideas.
- In case of the student developing a useful innovation, financial and mentoring support will be given.
- Patents will be filed in the name of a deserving candidate free of cost, in case his idea happens to be really good.
- Some of the ideas may also garner the attention of entrepreneurs and get licensed for monetary consideration.
- The awarded ideas/projects/innovations will be exhibited during the IGNITE 2017 awards function at NIF Ahmedabad.
Mode of submission:
- There is no particular format to which participants have to adhere. However, the participant has to clearly mention the following details- name, age, class, school name and address, home address and contact number, title of the project/idea/innovation, detailed description, diagrams/sketches/photos if any and a simple declaration that the project has been done by the student himself/herself without any guidance from teachers/parents.
The submissions for the contest can be made through any of the following 3 means:
- Email the details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Submit online at http://nif.org.in/submitidea.php
- Mail them to the following address (directly/through the Principal)
- Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2017
- National Innovation Foundation – India
- Satellite Complex, Premchandnagar Road
- Jodhpur Tekra, Satellite
- Ahmedabad 380 015, Gujarat
Other Contest Details:
- There is no limit to the number of entries submitted during the competition period. Students are encouraged to submit as many entries as they wish.
- The entries will be received till August 31, 2017. All entries received after this date will be considered for Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2018 competition.
- Visit the official website of IGNITE 2017 here: http://nif.org.in/ignite