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National Innovation Grand Challenge 2013

  • The National Innovation Grand Challenge is Pakistan Innovation Foundation’s ‘Signature’ Launch Initiative and the country's first 'Idea to Reality' Competition.

    The NIGC is an Open Innovation Contest for Pakistanis - Students, Entrepreneurs, Companies and Citizen Innovators - to seek to use creativity and innovation in addressing Pakistan's Development Problems and Competitiveness Challenges.

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Who and When?

  • This form should be filled (ideally) by the Team Leader or (in the case of Individual Contestant) the Contestant him or herself).

    Although, Individual Contestants shall be allowed, we strongly encourage interested individuals to form like-minded partners to create teams. Since, this is a 10-month long process that requires building prototypes and demonstrating results, pooling resources (both financial and mental) will be critical to successful completion of the Challenge.

    We recommend Team Members to READ THE DETAILED RULES AND REGULATIONS GUIDELINES FOR EITHER TOYOTA - MANUFACTURING INNOVATION CHALLENGE OR PPAF - AGRICULTURE+RURAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE in detail and discuss their idea thoroughly before filling out this form.

    Although, the forms shall be accepted until Jan 31st, 2014 for Toyota - Manufacturing Innovation Challenge and Jan 31st, 2014 for PPAF Agri+Rural Innovation Challenge, we strongly recommending registering earlier since that will allow the teams greater time to refine their ideas and submit the entry for the Design Contest by Feb 15, 2014.

 

About The Prizes and Process

  • The National Innovation Grand Challenge (NIGC) is a 10-month long exercise starting November 5, 2013 and running until July 15, 2014.

    It carries prize money over PKR 3,000,000 (3 million) across two categories, namely:

    Toyota - Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, and

    Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund - Agriculture and Rural Innovation Challenge

    Each of these 'branded' prizes are sponsored by entities with a strategic interest in the development of these respective areas.

    The Competition is divided into 3 Phases (‘Design’, ‘Prototyping’, and ‘Demonstration’). During the Contest, PIF shall also provide year-round mentoring, training, and networking to help the participating teams to beat the challenge.

    Detailed guidelines of the two respective challenges and as well as specific challenge problems are outlined in THE DETAILED RULES AND REGULATIONS DOCUMENTS forTOYOTA MANUFACTURING INNOVATION CHALLENGE AND PPAF AGRICULTURE+RURAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE

    The National Innovation Grand Challenge will run from Nov 2013 until July-August 2014. Challenge statements shall be announced on PIF’s website and its facebook page in Nov 2013 and registrations will open.

    Judging shall be held in three phases

    Design Phase (Dec – Jan, 2013),

    Prototyping Phase (Feb – Apr, 2014), and

    Demonstration Phase (May – Jun, 2014)

    Final Winners of National Innovation Grand Challenge shall be announced in August 2014.

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  • Teams may be a maximum of 5 individuals (including the team lead and faculty supervisor, where allowed). The Teaming rules for Student, Professionals, and Corporate categories are included in the Detailed Rules and Regulations Document. Please consult that before nominating your team.
  • Please Provide Concise Information (500 words or less) here regarding the problem you're trying to address and your solution to it. At the registration stage, we do not expect you to have complete blueprint of what you're trying to build or details of the solution you are likely to propose. However, in case of too many entries, PIF reserves the right to short-list entries likely to succeed in meeting the challenge at the pre-registration phase. It is, therefore, requested that you provide enough information in 500 words or less that allows PIF to make an informed judgement on that. You must be concise. PIF reserves the right to ignore descriptions more than 500 words long.
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