Himalayan Innovation Challenge

building solutions for Himalayan region

May 25 - 26, 2019 | Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi (H.P.)

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WHAT IS HIMALAYAN INNOVATION CHALLENGE?

Himalayan innovation challenge (HIC) is an initiative of IIT Mandi Catalyst to actuate a series of innovative technology based solutions designed specifically to solve social and economic problems in the Himalayan regions of the world. HIC 2019 will bring together a range of individuals and organizations that care about building such solutions and are willing to ideate, deliberate, debate and innovate to this end. IIT Mandi Catalyst will pick handful of most feasible ideas and enable willing innovators/entrepreneurs in prototyping, testing and implementing to create an impact in Himalayan region.

We invite passionate entrepreneurs and innovators with their cutting edge ideas to build solutions for the Himalayan region.

WINNERS

Runner-Up
2nd

Go Vidyouth Mobility

2nd
Winner
1st

Drones Tech Lab

1st
2nd Runner-Up
3rd

Kapun Sanitary Pvt. Ltd.

3rd

THEMATIC AREAS

Catalyst aims to create impact in a range of relevant areas that bear importance for Himalayan region. There are three tracks in which ideas can be submitted:

Track I
Resources and Sustainability

Natural resource management, Renewable and clean energy, Climate change, Waste management, other relevant themes

Track II
Disaster Management and Safety

Disaster prevention, Mitigation and management, Road safety, other relevant themes.

Track III
Agriculture, healthcare and inclusive growth

Agriculture, Biotechnology, Inclusive healthcare, Financial inclusion, any other area with strong application in Himalayan region.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

Financial and non- financial support to the impactful ideas to be implemented in Himalayan region.

Prizes
Director, IIT Mandi

"Understand, Compare, Assess, Adopt and Develop, are the key features required for a startup. I hope all the budding entrepreneurs and IIT Mandi Catalyst will make a big mark in the betterment of Himalayan Region."


- Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves
Director, IIT Mandi

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

keynote

Mr. Ambar Srivastava

Founder, Wrig Nanosystems

Ambar Srivastava is the founder of a Wrig Nanosystems, an applied research & development organization. Before founding Wrig, Ambar worked extensively in bioelectronics in different assignments and projects in different research labs in India and overseas. He won 'Young Innovator Award' by MIT Technology Review India for novelty and impact of research work. Ambar is a dual degree graduate (Bachelors & Masters) in Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology with focus on electrochemical immune sensing platforms (electrochemical biosensors), from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

PANEL

panelist

Mr. Saurabh Mittal

Catalyst
panelist

Mr. Rajesh Jain

WAPP Systems Pvt. Ltd.
panelist

Mr. Varun Rattan Singh

CEO, Development Logics
panelist

Dr. Shayam Kumar Masakapalli

SBS, IIT Mandi
panelist

Mr. Ajay Kakra

PwC

SCHEDULE


April 10

  • Call for application from startups/innovators opens

May 15

  • Applications close

May 17

  • Final intimation to selected startups

May 25

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM

  • Welcome address by Director, IIT Mandi

10:35 AM – 10:50 AM

  • Address by Director HPCED

10:50 AM AM – 11:30 AM

  • Keynote by Mr. Ambar Srivasatva

11:35 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Panel Discussion on ‘Entrepreneurship in Himalayan Region: Role of Institutions and Entrepreneurs’

12:30 PM – 02:00 PM

  • Lunch

02:00 PM – 04:30 PM

  • Pitch Session I

04:30 PM – 05:00 PM

  • Tea Break

05:00 PM – 07:30 PM

  • Pitch Session II

07:30 PM

  • Dinner

May 26

08:00 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Pitch Session III

10:00 AM – 10:30 PM

  • Talk by Mr. Varun Rattan Singh

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

  • Talk by Mr. Rajesh Jain

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Networking & Tea Break

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Closing Ceremony, Announcement of Winners, Vote of thanks

12:30 AM

  • Lunch

FAQs

  • Innovative technological solutions/ideas for social or economic problems in Himalayan region will be presented by individuals/teams/startups that have a clear and stated intention to build and implement the said solutions in a timelined manner.

  • Innovators and to-be entrepreneurs/established entrepreneurs can find the missing partners/collaborators to build the solutions relevant for Himalayan region.

  • IIT Mandi Catalyst will commit financial and active mentoring support to individuals/teams/startups that bring forth promising ideas and commit to implementing them on the ground.

  • Entrepreneurs/to-be entrepreneurs working/having intention of working towards solutions for Himalayan region.

  • Students, researchers and academicians of institutes of higher learning in India.

  • Corporates and non-profit organizations interested in collaborating for/funding the technological initiatives in Himalayan region.

  • Officials of government that work on regulations relating to sustainability and natural resources.

  • Yes, certificate of participation will be provided to all startup teams.

  • Registration Fee: Rs. 2000 per person, includes participation and food.

  • Accommodation: Rs. 500/person/day.

  • Display Stall: Rs. 500/team/day.

  • No, TA/DA will not be provided to attendees.

HOW TO REACH?

    By Air:
  • The nearest airport to Mandi is the Kullu Airport at Bhuntar, Dharamshala Airport at Gaggal and Chandigarh airport. Flights to Kullu are restricted to only from Delhi, and Shimla.

    • Distance from Bhuntar Airport to Mandi - 75 KM

    • Distance from Gaggal Airport to Mandi - 145 KM

    • Distance from Chandigarh Airport to Mandi - 185 KM


    By Bus:
  • From Delhi or Chandigarh, one can catch the bus from ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminus). There are different varieties of bus facilities from Delhi and Chandigarh - ordinary, deluxe and AC buses. Alternatively, One can also plan to hire a cab or come by personal vehicle.

  • This distance to Mandi can be covered in approximately 12 hrs from Delhi and 6 hrs from Chandigarh (it depends on traffic on the roads or weather conditions) by bus.

    By Taxi:
  • Taxis are stationed outside Mandi main bus stand 24 x 7. The cost of a one-way trip to the IIT campus is about Rs. 600/-


    By HRTC Buses:
  • Himachal Road Transport Corporation/Local buses also ply between Mandi and Kamand. Please note that these buses sometimes can be crowded.

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HIC Track III

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