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The 2018 edition of India’s premier innovation and design contest, the India Innovation Challenge Design Contest (IICDC), is now entering the final stages. IICDC is organized by Texas Instruments, in association with Department of Science and Technology (DST). It is anchored by NSRCEL, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B) and supported by MyGov.
The recently concluded Quarterfinals phase saw 346 teams comprising of 1185 students from 180 colleges battle it out to win the approval of the evaluators.
According to Suraj Topo from NIT Arunachal Pradesh, “IICDC gives students the opportunity to see the future and change India in new ways. Even though our college is in a remote region, we felt that we had a fair chance and good support structure to make it to the top. It was a good experience to do something different from the regular curriculum.”
Teams who qualified for the Quarterfinals were provided tools worth up to $200 by TI to turn their ideas into reality. Their proof of concept was rigorously appraised by a team of 45 evaluators. Some of the factors that the evaluators considered while judging the projects were the price-point, the team’s understanding of socio-economic conditions, key USP of the product, the team’s communication and marketing plan to spread awareness about their product.
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.
What’s next for the qualified teams?
After months of mentoring and guidance by Texas Instruments, IIM-B, Department of Science and Technology (DST) and a panel of eminent evaluators and mentors, the selected teams now move into the Semifinal phase of the competition.
In this round, the selected teams will participate in a regional demonstration and evaluation, where they will pitch their project to a team of evaluators. The Semifinals will take place in the month of May with finalists to be announced on June 4th, 2019.
Here’s wishing each one of them the very best of luck!
Click here to view our distinguished members of the evaluation panel .
Click here to view the shortlisted teams moving on to the next round of Semi Finals.