Tuesday, 13 March 2012

National Innovation Foundation invites submissions of the creative technological ideas/innovations from the students up to class 12th for the sixth national competition for children's ideas and innovations - IGNITE 2012. 


About IGNITE
IGNITE is an annual national competition to harness the creative and innovative spirit of school children. Students are invited to send their original creative technological ideas and innovations for the same. The last IGNITE competition- IGNITE 11 saw submission of 4104 entries from 25 States and Union Territories of the country. The awards were given by Hon'ble Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a function at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad on November 11, 2011. 


Original creative technological ideas and innovations of the students OR/AND Any technological idea/innovation that solves any daily problem be it household, of porters, labourers, or the like. In addition, during their vacations or otherwise, the students are encouraged to look for other people who come out with innovative machines/devices or solve day to day problems using their creativity. Similarly they are also encouraged to document and learn traditional knowledge practices from their elders in their family and neighbourhood. The purpose is to expose them to the rich traditional heritage we have, facilitating its transfer from generation to generation. The students submitting the maximum number of properly documented entries (Innovations/Traditional Knowledge) to the schools (which would forward them to NIF) or directly to NIF would be given appreciation certificates from NIF. For each innovation/traditional knowledge practice spotted and documented by the student, he/she will be credited as being the 'Scout' for that particular innovation/traditional knowledge in records. 


Last Date
The entries will be received till Aug 31, 2012. All entries received after this date will be considered for IGNITE 13 competition. 


Who can Participate
Indian  Students up to Class 12th from any background arts, commerce etc can participate in the competition. 
As the competition is for students upto class 12, the maximum age is expected to be about 17-18 years. 
No limit for number of entries. Students can submit entries in group provided each member of the group contributes significantly to the development of the idea/innovation/project. Groups where teachers/parents are included will not be considered.

How to Send Your Entries
There is no particular format for submission. However, the following should be clearly mentioned - name, age, class, school name & address, home address & 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 guidance from teachers/parents. If required later we may request a declaration from school and/or parents that the project of the student has been unsupervised. 
Photos, sketches, drawings etc, if available, may also be sent along with the submission. 
The submissions for the contest can be made to us through the following means.
1. Email the details at ignite12@nifindia.org 
2. Mail them at the following address (directly/through the Principal) 


Results and Prizes
The name of the winners will be announced on October 15th 2012. The awards will later be given at his convenience by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. October 15th , the birthday of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, is celebrated as Children's Creativity and Innovation Day by NIF.   
There is no fixed number of awards. It will depend upon the number of quality entries that we receive and which we can recognize in the function. 


Further Information
Any queries may be addressed to NIF at 
Email: ignite12@nifindia.org or 
Telephone numbers +91-79-26732456 / 2095, 
Fax: +91-79-26731903 or 
Toll Free No.: 1800 233 5555 

URl: http://nif.org.in/ignite/ignite_announcement.php

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