The world around us is changing at a tremendous pace. With new technologies, products, businesses, and politics, we are living in times when continuous adaptability is required. Innovation and creativity have never been so much in the forefront before. It has become vital for the health of an individual, society and nation alike. It is the ability to nurture and ensure continuous innovation that drives the development of any nation and the well-being of its citizens. With demographic dividend on our side, India is poised for a huge opportunity for growth. We desire to harness that with this challenge.
JK Lakshmipat University (JKLU) Jaipur believes that the key to innovation lies not only in big labs, research organizations and large corporations but also in the minds of millions of our youth. Innovation is the habit that needs to be cultivated in young minds if any nation has to make a mark on innovation. The JKLU Innovation Challenge is an initiative to help uncover the potential of our school students. The University has chosen to espouse this initiative given its own ethos of innovation and learning-by-doing, a theme it follows in all its programmes, pedagogy and research. We truly believe that the solutions to some of the biggest challenges the world is facing today can begin with small ideas brought forth by driven, young students.
Find Solutions for tomorrow, today.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) brought together over 150 country leaders in September 2015 to discuss and identify some of the biggest issues that the world needs to address by the year 2030. It identified 17 Sustainable Development Goals that all nations must focus on to help overcome the three largest problems of the world – poverty, injustice and climate change.
The 17 goals identified were-
Provide a prototype /idea based on currently available resources, which gives a feasible solution/contribution towards achieving any of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. The participating students/teams can provide solutions for any one or more of the goals implementable at the world, national, state, city or community level. For example, they can come up with an innovative and feasible solution for Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation, for their city or community.
At JKLU, we believe that anything which improves or finds a better way of doing things is an innovation. If the solution makes it easier, faster, better, more sustainable or reduces the resources required for achieving the same result, it is an innovation. It may also involve finding a new useful application for something that already exists; a new useful service which utilizes an already available technique or resource, a modification in a product to enhance its use or even a new business model.
Our students are always bubbling with ideas and an innovative thought process. This indicated that if we can ignite a spark in the minds of school students, they could help change our world. Hence, we thought to guide the students towards directing their thought process for bringing out innovation and therefore change.
With the mentioned SDG goals as a context, there are some ways you can think through – What if we could ensure that every child in our city or state goes to school? How would we do that? What if we could reduce the carbon footprint of India by finding a new mechanism of sustainable fuel use? What if every household could use and depend on renewable energy? What if every waste in my community could be put to more productive use? What if we young people in our country had a way of getting equal opportunities to be skilled for a desired job?
The teams have the opportunity to get awarded with prizes worth Rs. 5 Lacs. Along with this, the school with maximum entries and the teachers with maximum guided projects will also be awarded.
Evaluation criteria will include originality, likely impact, practicality and potential to scale. The winners will be selected by an eminent jury from organizations such as Amazon, McKinsey, Johnson & Johnson, Indian School of Business and many more. The enthusiastic participants also get to attend workshops on problem-solving and innovative 21st-century technologies. Since JKLU believes in bringing ideas to life with its hands-on approach, participants can get incubated JKLU’s Atal Incubation Centre.
Founding Dean, Indian School of Business
Managing Director, Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited
Former CBSE Chairperson, Director General of the National Testing Agency
Former Managing Director, Inc India
Business Head, Mahindra World City
Director of Operations and Administration-India
CEO-The Akshay Patra Foundation
Professor CSE, IIT Kanpur
Director Indian Institute of Craft & Design
The Challenge is open to all school students in India studying in Classes XI or XII in the academic year 2018-19. Students can participate individually or in a team of two. Each team can have a teacher as a guide. Any student (individually or in a team) can submit maximum of two entries.
Each team or student can register online on the Challenge portal by giving details of team members and title of their innovation. Entry is free. Subsequently the team must make its final submission online by the due date. If there are videos, they can be uploaded on YouTube and the link can be shared with us. Duration of the video should not exceed 5 minutes. The Challenge and program will be administered by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur.