The 2019 edition of India’s premier innovation and design contest, the India Innovation Challenge Design Contest (IICDC), is now entering the next stage. IICDC is organized by DST & Texas Instruments (TI) Inc. powered by AICTE mission, anchored by NSRCEL@IIMB and supported by MyGov.
The recently concluded Quarterfinals phase saw 18,000+ teams comprising of 75,000+ students’ battle it out to win the approval of the evaluators.
According to Raghavendra Rao, Assistant Professor, Shri Madhwa Vadiraja Institute of Technology and Management “I should really appreciate the effort and the lead taken by the entire IICDC team in conducting this contest which showcases the talents and innovations of young budding engineers. A heartfelt gratitude to all the stakeholders who are working towards the nation’s growth in innovation. As a jury of this contest, I acknowledge the efforts of all the students, who have worked extremely hard in submitting their proposal of their innovative idea“.
After undergoing grueling 2 months of Online technical and Business MOOC by Texas Instruments, each team submitted their proposal comprising of a detailed description of the proof of concept. Each proposal was rigorously appraised by a team of 48 business evaluators and 100 technical evaluators. Some of the factors that the evaluators considered while judging the projects were the Innovation quotient , market potential, the Impact of the proposed solution, ability to function as a startup , the proposed design (Block Diagram) and other vectors like size, power, performance, cost, functionality etc.
The evaluations were carried out on the framework designed by TI and IIM-B. Each proposal was reviewed by two evaluators.
IICDC team is grateful to all the evaluators for their time, dedication and their valuable feedback. 747 teams have been shortlisted who will now move into the Semifinal phase of the competition.
What’s next for the qualified teams?
Teams will be undergoing the next level of Technical and Business MOOC to help them strengthen their concepts and will be provided tools worth up to $200 by TI each to turn their ideas into reality.
In this round, the selected teams will begin working on their hardware prototype as a proof of concept of their idea and have it assessed by the E-Cell and the Faculty Mentor. Teams will be submitting their progress every month starting from Feb 2020 – Apr 2020.
The teams will submit the following:
• Project report / a technical paper.
• Video demonstration of their prototype.
• Video demonstration of their Business plan
• Assessment from E-cell and Faculty Mentor
The submissions will be reviewed by a panel of domain experts against two categories – Business Potential and Technical Innovation and 60 shortlisted teams will be announced in May 2020.
These 60 shortlisted teams will attend the 2 months’ NSRCEL Launchpad programme from June to July 2020. Each team will be reviewed every month by a curated committee to filter them to 30 teams. The final selection of 10 teams will be conducted at NSRCEL@IIMB in September 2020. The 10 teams will be inducted for incubation at NSRCEL during September 2020.
Here’s wishing each one of them the very best of luck!
Click here to view our distinguished members of the Technical Evaluation panel.
Click here to view our distinguished members of the Business Evaluation panel.
Click here to view the RESULTS of the teams moving on to the next round of Semi Finals.