Infosys Foundation Launches the Aarohan Social Innovation Awards.

Commits up to INR 1.5 crore towards awarding leading innovators in the social sector.

Innovation, from the heart

When you think of innovation, what comes to your mind? The latest smartphone? An intelligent speaker that you can summon to switch on a light bulb? A self-driving car? We often associate innovation with sophisticated labs, startup huddle rooms or educated individuals. But can innovation also happen far away from our cities, with little or no equipment, by an ordinary person with limited education but with a brilliant and empathetic mind looking to solve a real problem?

We at Infosys Foundation believe that Innovation is everyone’s business and all you need is the passion to drive change and an empathetic mind that is looking for answers to problems around us. We believe that innovation can happen anywhere, anytime and by anyone. In fact, we are convinced that some of the most relevant, and useful innovations are born in the hinterlands of India and have the power to change the world as we see it.

Aarohan Social Innovation Awards
It is the platform where we will provide mentorship for such ideas and help you bring them to life. Through these awards, we’re committing to help leading innovators in the social sector to scale their innovations and improve lives. Infosys Foundation is committing a sum of up to INR 1.5 crores to help relevant innovations scale up.

The objective of Aarohan Social Innovation Awards is to accelerate innovation, and scale the impact of relevant ideas. We would like to recognize and help individuals, teams or NGOs, who are developing unique solutions for real-world problems.

If you have a unique product or a solution that can make a difference, or know someone who has ideas to change the world, then here’s your platform. We believe in innovation, from the heart.

Submission Categories
  • Healthcare
  • Rural Development
  • Destitute Care
  • Women’s Safety & Empowerment
  • Education & Sports
  • Sustainability
Key Highlights 
  • The submission process for the first edition of these awards would commence on October 15, 2018, and will continue up to December 31, 2018
  • Entries are open for adults (above 18 years) residing in India
  • Participants can submit entries describing their work in the form of videos that can be uploaded on the Aarohan Social Innovation Awards website
  • The project must be a fully functioning prototype, not just a concept, idea or mock-up; Additionally, the project must not be an established commercial venture

Aarohan Social Innovation Awards will also offer winners an opportunity for residential technical mentorship at IIT Hyderabad for up to 12 weeks at its campus to help them further develop their solutions and rapidly scale these for social impact.

A panel of distinguished judges will evaluate and select the winners whose submissions will be assessed on four broad criteria – application to real-world problems, innovative use of technology, originality of ideas and ease of use. The jury will comprise Prof. Trilochan Sastry, Professor and former Dean, IIM Bangalore; Padma Shree Mr. Arvind Gupta, an Indian toy inventor and science expert; Prof. GVV Sharma, Faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Coordinator, Teaching Learning Centre, IIT Hyderabad; Prof. Anil Gupta, visiting faculty, IIM Ahmedabad, a globally renowned scholar of grassroots innovations and founder of the Honey Bee Network, and Infosys Foundation Chairperson and noted author Mrs. Sudha Murty.

Judges

Nominations for Aarohan Social Innovation Awards will be evaluated by an illustrious panel of judges actively involved in the social space in India.

  • Professor Anil K Gupta
  • Mr. Arvind Gupta
  • Dr. GVV Sharma
  • Mrs. Sudha Murty
  • Mr. Sumit Virmani
  • Dr. Trilochan Sastry
Judging criteria

A qualified panel of judges will evaluate all eligible entries based on the following criteria:

  • Application to a real-world problem or need: View more
  • Innovative use of technology: View more
  • The originality of idea and ease of use: View more
  • Quality of submission: View more

Note: A qualified panel of judges will judge all eligible entries based on the judging criteria specified above. The highest scoring entries will advance to the Final Round. The finalists (entrant or a team representative) will be notified via email, according to the information provided with their entry.

Important dates

Contest opens for nominations: October 15, 2018
Contest ends: December 31, 2018

Terms & Conditions

Eligibility: The Aarohan Social Innovation Awards (“Contest”) is open only to citizens of India residing in India, and who are 18 years of age or older. Directors of Infosys Limited (“Sponsor”) and Employees, the Company hosting the Contest Platform (“Administrator”) and each of their respective parent entities, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, owners, officers, directors, partners, agents, representatives, employees and contractors, advertising, promotion agencies, webmasters and web suppliers (collectively “Released Parties”) and their respective dependents, immediate family members (parent, child, sibling and spouse) and individuals residing in their same household) are not eligible to enter or win a prize. Immediate family members of any of the judges are also not eligible to enter or win a prize.

Entry Period: The Contest begins on October 15, 2018, from 08:00 AM (IST) onwards and ends on December 31, 2018, at 11.59PM (IST).

How to Enter: You may enter as an individual, team or as an NGO.

  • Size of a team consisting of individuals may not exceed a maximum of 3 persons. The registrant should also be a citizen of India, residing in India and must be 18 years of age or older as of December 31, 2018.
  • As an NGO: You must select one representative to serve as the primary point of contact (“Representative”). In addition to providing your contact information as the Representative, you must attach Form 80G

Prizes: Up to 50L INR for the winning entries. Taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners.

For further terms & conditions, visit here. 

Submit award nomination by clicking the following link.

Contact

aarohanawards@infosys.com

For more details and official notification, click here.

 

 

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