Agilent Technologies, Department of Science & Technology (Government of India) and Confederation of India Industry are back in partnership to launch the third season of the nationwide innovation competition for all innovators.
Last year, the event expanded to cover water, transportation, energy, environment, internal security applications and education and had a wider geographical spread. In 2009, the total number of entries for i3 was around 250 and as many as a thousand in 2010.
"This year, we want to keep that structure intact, but execute better and be more impactful. The more people get aware of this platform’s existence, the more they will come forward, and our efforts have to be to facilitate that spread with the proper support,” said Parmeet S. Ahuja, president and country general manager, Agilent Technologies India.
Innovation is key to economic development. Merit and competition are engines for viable innovations. The young population has the capability to provide out of the box solutions to problems of daily life with the help of Science and Technology. i3 plays a crucial role in this endeavor, said Bhanu Pratap Singh, head, National Council for Science & Technology Communication, Department of Science & Technology.
According to Naushad Forbes, chairman, Innovation Council, Confederation of Indian Industry, this year’s i3 (India Innovation Initiative) focuses on strengthening Indian specific innovation ecosystem by bringing greater number of incubators and investors on board. This scale up of the initiative will substantially boost mechanisms to facilitate Innovative Indian minds and help them accrue more support for commercialising their innovations. This is a significant step forward from the previous years and will generate greater impact towards creating new ventures and start-ups.
i3 provides a unique platform to upcoming innovators by giving them an opportunity to not only showcase their innovations but bringing them to life under the global expertise of Agilent Technologies in transforming innovations into products, the strong knowledge based networks of DST and the demand base for innovations from CII. With a distinct challenge based format, the nation-wide competition is open for all innovators in India in the age group of 18+ years. Interested participants can register online at www.innovationgrid.org/i3.
The entries will judged on five parameters namely- creativity, innovation, implementation strategy and relevance by an expert panel of judges comprising of eminent scientists, industrialists and experts. Winners will be awarded with special cash prizes and selected innovations with potential for commercialization will get an opportunity to engage with incubators and examine their ideas for real-world marketability. in addition to other awards, recognition and support.