IGNITE 2013 - Competitions and Contests for Indian Students

Tuesday, 16 October 2012


National Innovation Foundation - India announced the 7 th National Competition for Students' Ideas and Innovations in association with Honey Bee Network, SRISTI,  CBSE & other partners.

National Innovation Foundation - India invites submissions of the creative technological ideas/innovations from the students up to class 12 th for the seventh national competition for children's ideas and innovations - IGNITE 2013.

What is the IGNITE contest?

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.

Students up to Class 12 (Maximum age about 17-18 years)
Students from any educational board and any stream can participate
Students can participate in group provided each member of the group contributes significantly to the development of the idea/innovation/project (No separate award for groups)

What is invited for the IGNITE contest?
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.

What is the competition period?

The entries will be received till Jul 31, 2013. All entries received after this date will be considered for IGNITE 14 competition.

Format for Submission
No particular entry format.
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.
No working model is required to submit at the initial stage along with the entries.

How can the submissions be sent?

The submissions for the contest can be made to us through the following means.
1. Email the details at ignite13@nifindia.org 
2.Submit online at http://ignitecomp.nif.org.in 
3. Mail them at the following address (directly/through the Principal)

Winners will be announced on October 15, 2013. 

Number of Prizes
No fixed number. Number of prizes depend on the quality of the entries.

An exhibition of  ONLY  the awarded projects/ideas/innovations. NIF will provide to and fro train travel support to the student(s) and one person accompanying the student(s) from the student's home town to Ahmedabad. 

Simple essays, write-ups on problems like population, corruption, global warming, unemployment etc will not be accepted as well as common projects/concepts (from text books/other make yourself books) like hydel power project, rain water harvesting, water level indicators, vermi compost/ vermiwash, letter box alarm and other alarms, using turbines to generate energy, using solar energy to do various things, electricity generation through waste batteries/dung/transport/waves or earthquake alarm. Projects guided by teachers/parents. Teachers and parents are specifically requested not to be suggestive to the children and let them come up with some creative idea of their own. In case, the teachers or parents have an interesting idea(s) they can send it to us separately.

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