Read the terms and conditions of the Challenge.

  1. The INTEL & DST - INNOVATE FOR DIGITAL INDIA CHALLENGE("Challenge") is an initiative of Intel and the Department of Science and Technology (Govt. of India) (collectively referred as "Organizers") anchored by the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE). INTEL & DST - INNOVATE FOR DIGITAL INDIA CHALLENGE is supported by organizations as published on www.innovatefordigitalindia.intel.in
  2. Description of the Challenge:
    1. The Challenge is an initiative to drive technology innovation based on Intel architecture to create products & solutions that are relevant for India. The Challenge is divided into five phases starting from April 2015 and concluding by January 2016. Dates are subject to change without any notice

      The five phases would be:

    1. "Phase I": Soliciting and Processing applications - to last 6-8 weeks. Up to top 50 teams will be invited to IIM - Ahmedabad to present their concepts and be evaluated by a jury of experts. At the end of this Phase, up to top 20 teams will be selected. Each of the selected teams will have access to grants of Rs.200,000 each;
    2. "Phase II": Accelerator program - Upto 12 week residential phase in Pune begining August 1st week 2015. By the end of 8-weeks of the Accelerator program, up to top ten teams will be selected. Each of the selected teams will have access to grants of Rs.500,000. Remaining ten teams to continue their mentoring phase until completion of 12weeks. All teams participating in Phase II will have to submit a MVP (minimum viable program) to CIIE;
    3. "Phase III": Go to Market Prep - to last 6 to 8 weeks and will include a prototype day wherein up to ten identified teams will present their prototypes to industry experts in Pune and also have access to design house for product refinement;
    4. "Phase IV": Early adopter interactions & pilot phase - lasting 10 to 12 weeks and will include mentoring by industry players& field immersion experience with select industry players. During this Phase, up to top three teams will be identified and due diligence for providing access to seed funding / equity investment initiated; and
    5. "Phase V": Showcase event to announce top three and handshake with industry players for productization and commercialization efforts. Each of the selected teams will have access to equity investment / seed fund of up to Rs.20,00,000 subject to due diligence by CIIE and approval from the CIIE Investment Committee. CIIE investment process and due diligence will be carried out and completed before the Showcase event tentatively planned for January 2016.
    1. Key focus areas for the Challenge would be:

    The Challenge aims to encourage creation of intuitive, easy to use products and solutions that can enable and drive access to services imperative for development. Some of these critical services are financial services, healthcare, education & e-governance. Innovators are invited to participate in any of the following two areas:

    1. Innovation to create citizen's device platform with features that are relevant and drive mass adoption of technology such as biometric sensing capabilities / peripherals using other sensors / intuitive user interface / gesture recognition / multi-lingual support / voice support thereby making it easy for citizens to use technology and access services;
    2. Innovation to create apps that accelerate delivery of eGov services through eKranti / MyGov apps on mobile platform. Focus areas include financial services, e-governance, education and health care
    3. Intel will provide product kits, technical training and know-how for product development on Intel architecture ("iA"). Throughout the Challenge all product development for the selected teams will be on IA platform.
  3. The evaluation of all ideas will be undertaken by the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) in consultation with Intel& other Program Supporters and Advisors. CIIE is responsible for assessing the Ideas, Business Summaries, Business Plans, Conducting Start-up sessions, Accelerator program, Prototype day, Demo Pitch, Demo day and readying the selected ideas for interaction with the jury at various stages. The Advisors and Jury recruited by CIIE are business, industry and academic experts who may or may not be associated with Organizers.
  4. Evaluation Parameters including but not limited to:
    1. For up to top 50 selections: Addressing a key citizen problem and delivering value to citizens, Market Opportunity, Scalability of product/business, Entry barrier/competition/uniqueness of idea, Potential traction in terms of revenue/users/customers
    2. For up to top 20 selections: Concept presentation in Ahmedabad to a selected jury covering the idea's ability to solve a key citizen problem and delivering value to citizens, Market Opportunity, Scalability of product/business, Entry barrier/competition/uniqueness of idea, Potential traction in terms of revenue/users/customers. This will likely take place in July 2015 – shortlisted participants will be contacted by CIIE
    3. For up to top 10 selections: As mentioned above in D.2. + Progress during the Accelerator + Progress on prototype/product including any early Industry feedback, extent of viability in MVP
    4. For up to top 3 selections: Potential to scale and deliver mass benefits thus enabling technology adoption among ordinary citizens, commercialization potential, scaling up potential in addition to standard investment due diligence to be carried out by CIIE
  5. Mode of entry: To participate in the Challenge, the participant must complete the registration process:
    1. Submit a summary including a business summary outlining the key idea in the format prescribed by the Challenge with guidelines for entry followed
    2. Summaries duly completed and fully filled must be submitted using the online application system before 6pm IST on Sunday, 28th June 2015. For posting the Summaries using the online application system, participants are requested to:
    1. Go to http://www.innovatefordigitalindia.intel.in/ site and click on the "CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE" button
    2. The participant will be taken to a landing page featuring the application form with various fields
    3. Participant will have to fill out the application registration form and submit
    4. On successful submission, participant will receive a confirmation email
    5. Should CIIE or Organizers require additional information, they will contact the registered participant via email. Participant is recommended to duly provide any additional information as instructed
    1. Organizers & CIIE do not claim ownership over the applications submitted or any Newly Developed IP, but by submitting an application, Participant grants Organizers & CIIE and their affiliated companies a transferable, worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, fully paid-up license under all Participants intellectual property rights in the applications submitted, Participant Newly Developed IP and Participant Background IP:
    1. To reproduce, publically perform and display, distribute and create derivative works of the applications and/or Participant Newly Developed IP and Participant Background IP;
    2. To use, make, have made, import, offer to sell and sell, rent, lease, or lend Intel products;
    3. To disclose such applications to third parties; and
    4. To publish Participants name or alias in connection with this Challenge.
    5. Participants should not include technical details to a level which might affect their capacity to protect and, at some future point, exploit their Intellectual Property through registered rights. Participants should also ensure they understand their rights in relation to Intellectual Property and the protection of those rights.

    1. The submission must comply with the requirements as set out in the Guidelines mentioned on the online Application form.
    2. Correspondence: Any correspondence from the Challenge to participant will be by email or SMS on mobile number provided by the participant at time of registration. Organizers and CIIE are not liable in case of email delivery failures.
    3. Eligibility: The Challenge is open to individuals and companies. In case of companies, majority of team members/shareholders are required to be Indian resident nationals. All participating individuals are required to be Indian resident nationals. Participants are required to be at least 18 years of age as on 1st June, 2015. The following persons cannot participate in the Challenge:
    1. An employee of Intel
    2. A member or employee of CIIE or Department of Science and Technology
    3. A member of the Evaluation panel, Mentoring panel, or Jury for the Challenge
    1. Originality: If an idea has been patented by, or is the property of, a third party, the originator of the idea must agree through a legally enforceable instrument to the use of the idea by the applicant and must be expressly credited in the Idea / Business Summary, Demo Pitch and Business Plan.
    2. Participant must be able to answer questions from the Jury at the Demo Pitching phase I, and Jury presentation post 8 weeks of the Accelerator program for the (up to) top 10 selection. If the Evaluation Panel, Mentoring Panel and/or Jury feel that the spirit of Challenge has been violated, Organizers through its anchor CIIE retains the right to disqualify the entry.
    3. Eligibility to funds: Allotment of grants, seed funds / equity investments will be at the discretion of CIIE. CIIE shall be responsible for facilitating and distributing grants, seed funds and / or equity investments in selected deserving ideas/selected participants with the corpus of Rs.1.5 crore received for the program. The break-up of the corpus is as follows
    1. Prototype Grant - up to 20 awards of INR 2 Lakh each, amounting to a total of INR 40 Lakh
    2. Development Grant - up to 10 awards of INR 5 Lakh each, amounting to a total of INR 50 Lakh
    3. Equity investment /Seed funding offer of up to INR 20 Lakh each to 3 identified participating teams amounting to a total of INR 60 Lakh
    1. All participants that make it to the first cut-off (up to top 50) list will be invited for mentoring to equip them with the necessary skills to make a Demo Pitch to Advisors/Jury at Ahmedabad. Participants can bring one team member should they wish to. The cost of travel of participant and his/ her team member will be borne by the participant. Stay (on sharing basis per participating team) cost will be paid by the Organizers through its anchor CIIE. Cost for food will have to be borne by participants themselves.
    2. Demo Pitches will result in the final cut-off (up to top 20) of the most promising ideas as deemed fit by the jury. All participants in the final cut off (up to top 20) will be invited for the residential 12 week program in Pune. The cost of travel to Pune of participant and his/ her team member will be borne by the participant. Stay (on sharing basis per participating team) will be paid by the Organizers through its anchor CIIE for up to a maximum of 2 members per team. Cost for food will have to be borne by participants themselves.
    3. Organizers and CIIE assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries. Organizers and CIIE are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any application to be received by CIIE, Organizers on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Participant's or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in this Challenge or downloading any materials of this Challenge. CIIE & Organizers are not responsible for applications not received due to lost, failed, delayed or interrupted connections or miscommunications, or other electronic malfunctions. Organizers and CIIE are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information, whether caused by Participants, any other persons or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Challenge.
    4. Following the jury selection process in Ahmedabad, all shortlisted participants (up to 20 teams) will be invited for a 12 week residential Accelerator program at Pune. Stay (on sharing basis per participating team) in Pune will be borne by the Organizers through CIIE for up to a maximum of 2 members per team for a maximum of 3 months.
    5. The participating teams will have to compete for the next stage and access to funding for INR 5 lakh each. Up to 10 participating teams will be shortlisted after two months of the Accelerator program in Pune, and these shortlisted teams will go through additional modules such as corporate connects and design consulting. The rest of the teams will continue through the end of the Accelerator phase in Pune. The parameters of selection for this Phase will be disclosed during the Immersion program.
    6. Participation is mandatory for the Pune residential Accelerator program. 8 weeks into the Accelerator program, there will be a further selection process of up to top 10 teams through a presentation to a selected jury. Only selected teams will be eligible to receive further mentoring beyond the Accelerator program till the Demo Day to be organized tentatively in the month of January, 2016. The rest of the selected teams will receive mentoring till the end of the 12 week Accelerator program in Pune. At the end of the Accelerator program in Pune, it is expected that the selected teams will be ready with a Minimal Viable Product. A Prototype Day will be organized for selected teams as a showcase event for the industry and experts. Participants might be required to showcase their prototypes at Intel sponsored events during the Accelerator Program. Any travel and stay cost arising on account of this will be borne by Intel. CIIE and Intel will on a reasonable effort basis facilitate industry/customer interaction during the course of the Challenge. Participants will be expected to execute a pilot of the product in association with a customer/industry/market player. Participating teams will be responsible for their own travel and stay during phase III and IV.
    7. The selected teams which complete the first four Phases of the Challenge as mentioned in clause B are required to present to a selected Jury at the conclusion of the Challenge (Demo Day) tentatively in January 2016. Unless a participant receives prior funding and choose to opt out of presentation to the investors, in which case, participants must inform CIIE at ciie [at] iimahd [dot] ernet [dot] in. Travel, stay (on sharing basis) of the participant, if incurred, will be paid for by the Challenge through its anchor CIIE for up to a maximum of 2 members per team. Cost for food will have to be borne by participants themselves.
    8. The decision of the Evaluation Panel and Jury will be final. No communication will be entered into with any person in relation to any decision of the panel or process.
  6. Participant represent, warrant and covenant that the application do not:
    1. Infringe on any third party intellectual property rights and further do not violate any confidentiality obligations of the Participant;
    2. Contain any software or programming code subject to any restrictions or third-party limitations without prior written notice to Organizers& CIIE;
    3. Contain any viruses, worms, spyware, other components or instructions that are malicious, deceptive or designed to limit or harm the functionality of a computer;
    4. Include any Participant owned trade secrets or third party trade secrets and no such trade secrets will be required for Organizers or CIIE to enjoy the full benefits of the applications;
    5. Contain material that may be considered as defamatory, libelous, hateful, racially or religiously biased or offensive, threatening or harassing to any individual, partnership or corporation; and
    6. Violate any statutory provisions.
  7. Participant shall not assign any rights, obligations or privileges (by operation of law or otherwise) hereunder without the prior written consent of Organizers. Organizers may assign its rights or obligations to any DST agency or Intel affiliate. Except as otherwise set forth herein, any attempt by Participant to assign any of the rights, duties or obligations hereunder without Organizers' prior written consent will be null and void. Subject to the foregoing, these terms and conditions shall be fully binding upon, inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Parties and their respective successors and assigns.
  8. No liability: Intel, CIIE, DST, DEITY, MyGov, members of Evaluation Panel, Selected Jury, Mentoring Panel, Advisors, supporting organizations or any employee or agent of Intel, CIIE, DST, DEITY, NOT be liable for:
    1. Any costs incurred or loss or liability suffered by the participant in relation to the Challenge;
    2. Any loss in expectation of profits by participant
    3. Any failure by participant to understand the rights in relation to Intellectual Property, or the rights of Organizers, CIIE, supporting organizations or any third party in relation to Intellectual Property; or
    4. Any other benefit the participant may expect to gain by participating in the Challenge
  9. Participant agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold Organizers, CIIE, members of Evaluation Panel, Selected Jury, Mentoring Panel, Advisors, supporting organizations harmless against any loss, cost, liability, and expense (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising from any action or claim brought or threatened against Organizers, CIIE or members of Evaluation Panel, Selected Jury, Mentoring Panel, Advisors, supporting organizations or its customers alleging that any of the applications submitted, short listed and or selected, infringe any patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, or other intellectual property rights of any third party, and or if Organizers, CIIE or members of Evaluation Panel, Selected Jury, Mentoring Panel, Advisors, supporting organizations suffers any injury, loss or damages by breach of the warranties above. Organizers or CIIE agrees to provide Participant(s) with:
    1. Prompt written notice of such claim or action,
    2. The opportunity to participate in the defense or settlement of such claim or action, provided, however, that Participant(s) will not without DST and Intel's prior written consent settle or compromise any claim in a manner that does not unconditionally release DST and Intel and that may adversely affect DST and/or Intel's rights under this terms & Conditions; and
    3. Reasonable information and assistance in the defense and/or settlement any such claim or action. DST and Intel shall have the right to participate in any of the disputes or actions referenced above at its own expense. Participant(s) will not be responsible for any costs, expenses or compromise incurred or made by Intel without Participant(s) prior written consent.
  10. Confidentiality:
    1. Members of the Jury, Advisors and Mentors will be appointed on the basis that they are prohibited from disclosing or using any details of the participants, or Ideas or any other information submitted in connection with the Challenge, except in accordance with the terms of the Confidentiality Agreement, and in their capacity as member of Evaluation Panel/Mentor/Jury/Advisor.
    2. INTEL, DST, CIIE or any of supporting organizations as mentioned on http://www.innovatefordigitalindia.intel.in/ cannot accept any responsibility for the actions of any evaluation panel member, Mentor or member of the Jury for their obligations in respect of confidentiality.
    3. Intel, CIIE or DST will not sign any Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with participants. While every effort will be made to preserve the confidentiality of each submission, it is suggested that highly sensitive material be excluded from the entry if a team is concerned about the confidentiality of such material. Note, however, that finalist teams will be making brief presentations to a Jury and an audience. All reasonable measures to ensure the protection of intellectual property of Business Summary, Demo Pitch and Business Plans received for the Challenge will be taken. Protection of such rights is however, ultimately the responsibility of each participant.
    4. All the information received during this Challenge including but not limited to scores, business plan summaries etc shall remain confidential and shall not be disclosed to any person or entity by any party thereto and cannot be disclosed outside the
    1. Program organizers, supporting organizations as mentioned on http://www.innovatefordigitalindia.intel.in/ and
    2. Jury and Investment Committee as constituted by CIIE, Organisers and its supporting organizations
    1. No Use - The Organizers, CIIE and supporting organizations agree not to use the Confidential Information to manufacture / give service or test any product embodying Confidential Information received during this Challenge
    2. No Disclosure - The Organizers, CIIE and supporting organizations agree to use reasonable efforts to prevent and protect the Confidential Information including but not limited to scores, business plan summaries etc., or any part thereof, from disclosure to any person.
    3. Protection of Secrecy - The Organizers, CIIE and supporting organizations agree to take all steps reasonably necessary to protect the secrecy of the Confidential Information, and to prevent the Confidential Information from falling into the public domain or into the possession of unauthorized persons.
  11. Organizers may change the Terms and Conditions of participation at any time without prior notice. The amended Terms and Conditions will be effective immediately upon being posted on the website. Important changes to the Terms and Conditions may be highlighted on the website http://www.innovatefordigitalindia.intel.in/ for participant's convenience; however, participant acknowledges that it is participant's sole responsibility to regularly visit the website to read any changes to the Terms and Conditions of the Challenge.
  12. Organizers and CIIE or any of the supporting organizations will not incur any costs for participants participating in the Challenge nor entertain any claims for the same except specified above.
  13. Taxes: The participant is solely responsible for any taxes, duties, charges or levies payable in connection with any funding (including any grants or investments) received in connection with the Challenge.
  14. Termination: Organizer may at any time:
    1. Disqualify a participant from the Challenge for breach of any terms & conditions of the Challenge; or
    2. Discontinue the Challenge by posting a notice to that effect on the Website
  15. Disputes, if any, are subject to the jurisdiction in the courts of Ahmedabad only.
  16. For any grievances about the Challenge, please write at ifdic [at] ciieindia [dot] org