Read the terms and conditions of the Challenge.

  1. The INTEL & DST - INNOVATE FOR DIGITAL INDIA CHALLENGE 2.0 ("Challenge") is an initiative of Intel and the Department of Science and Technology (Govt. of India) (collectively referred as "Organizers") anchored by T-Hub Foundation (T-Hub). INTEL & DST - INNOVATE FOR DIGITAL INDIA CHALLENGE 2.0 is supported by organizations and individuals as published on
  2. Description of the Challenge:
    1. The Challenge is an initiative to drive grassroots innovation based on Intel® architecture to create products & solutions that are scalable and relevant for India, thus addressing problems faced by its citizens. The Challenge is divided into five phases starting from Sept 2016 and concluding by April 2017. Dates are subject to change without any notice.
      1. The five phases are:

      2. Phase I: Soliciting and Processing applications - to last upto 4-6 weeks. Intel, MyGov, DST, Open Government Data ("OGD") Platform and T-Hub will help create awareness for the Challenge through various promotional initiatives and solicit entries. All participating teams will need to submit a fully filled and valid application form at
      3. Phase II: After screening all submitted forms, T-Hub will shortlist and invite upto 20 teams to Hyderabad for presenting their concepts, conceptual prototypes and business plans to a panel of experts for evaluation. At the end of this Phase, expected to last upto 4-5 weeks, up to top 10 teams will be identified. Each of the selected teams will have access to prototyping grants of upto INR 3 Lakh;
      4. Phase III: NanoAcceleratorTM Program ("Accelerator program") - upto 8 weeks phase, beginning Dec first week, 2016. The Accelerator program will include an introductory one week residential boot camp at the start of the accelerator phase and a concluding residential 'demo day' week at the end of the phase - both to be held in Hyderabad. By the end of the Accelerator program, all ten teams will be required to have working prototypes based on Intel® architecture and up to top three teams will be shortlisted.
      5. Phase IV: Go to Market support - to last 5-7 weeks & includes market access opportunities led by T-Hub and its network of knowledge partners and industry. Upto Top 3 teams (2 per team) will be given an opportunity to visit USA for a duration of approx. two weeks for go-to-market support from experts. Each of the top three teams will have access to development grants of upto INR 5 lakh.
      6. Phase V: Upto top three teams will be invited to Delhi for a grand finale event to showcase their GTM ready solutions based on Intel® architecture to a panel of experts comprising representatives from industry, government, Intel, T-Hub and DST. A winning team will be announced and be privy to a final grant of upto INR 20 lakh. This is tentatively scheduled for April 2017.
    1. Key focus areas for the Challenge would be:
    2. The Challenge aims to foster local innovation and encourage the creation of intuitive, easy to use and scalable solutions in the IoT and / or Datacenter and / or Cloud and / or Connectivity and / or Big Data and or Open Data & Analytics platform based on Intel® architecture; enabling digital transformation experiences and driving access to services imperative for building a Digital India. Open Data refers to the Open Government Data ("OGD") Platform India ( and has been set-up by the National Informatics Centre ("NIC") in compliance with the Open Data Policy (NDSAP) of India. It is intended to facilitate community participation for further development of the product with Analytics, Visualizations, APIs, Services, etc. Solutions on Open Data & Analytics should be primarily based on the Open Government Data published on OGD Platform. Solutions should be in the field of one or more of the following verticals:

      1. Agriculture Solutions / Agritech
      2. Healthcare Solutions / Healthtech
      3. Financial Inclusion / Fintech
      4. Sustainability including resources as water, energy etc.
      5. Smart City
      6. E-Governance
      7. Manufacturing/Engineering
      8. Services and Logistics
      9. Education Solutions
      10. T-Hub and Intel will provide product kits, technical support and know-how, as available and as required, for product development on Intel® architecture and other areas. Throughout the Challenge all development efforts for the selected teams must be based on Intel® architecture.

  3. The evaluation of all ideas will be undertaken by T-Hub in consultation with Intel, DST & other Advisors. T-Hub is responsible for assessing the ideas, business summaries & business plans, shortlisting, intimating, inviting and hosting upto top 20 teams at Hyderabad to pitch their concepts to a panel of experts. Subsequently T-Hub will be responsible for organizing and executing the accelerator phase and GTM phase including a week long introductory boot camp, mentoring sessions, a demo day, market access support, GTM support via a two week trip to Silicon Valley USA and readying shortlisted teams for interaction with the panel of experts at various stages. Advisors and the panel of experts empaneled by T-Hub include business, industry, design and academic experts who may or may not be associated with the Organizers.
  4. Evaluation Parameters including but not limited to:
    1. For upto top 20 team selection invited to Hyderabad to pitch concepts to panel of experts: Addressing a key citizen problem and delivering value to citizens across one of the focus verticals, Market Opportunity, Scalability of product/business, Entry barrier/competition/uniqueness of solution, Potential traction in terms of revenue/users/customers/pilots, availability of business plan, registered organization in India with team in place, readiness to develop solutions based on Intel® architecture on one of the focus platforms, readiness of prototype, participation and shortlisting in other programs / challenges over past 24 months.
    2. For upto top 10 teams shortlisted for the Accelerator Program: Inputs from panel of experts during concept pitch at Hyderabad, discussions between Organizers and T-Hub, addressing a key citizen problem and delivering value to citizens across one of the focus verticals, market opportunity, scalability of product and business, entry barrier, competition and uniqueness of solution, potential traction in terms of revenue, users, customers and pilots, availability of business plan, registered organization in India with team in place, readiness to develop solutions based on Intel® architecture on one of the focus platforms, readiness of prototype, participation and shortlisting in other programs / challenges over past 24 months.
    3. For upto top 3 team selection: Progress shown during Accelerator program, prototype readiness on Intel® architecture and presentation in Hyderabad via demo day to a panel of experts, go-to-market readiness, demonstrating the ability to solve a key citizen problem and delivering value, market opportunity and market access, scalability of product and business, entry barrier, competition and uniqueness of solution, potential traction in terms of revenue, users, customers and pilots, development of business plan.
    4. For top team selection: Progress made over accelerator phase and GTM phase, potential to scale and deliver mass benefits thus enabling technology adoption among ordinary citizens, commercialization potential, scaling up potential, market access readiness, readiness of business plan, available target customer base, industry experts feedback, readiness of solution based on Intel® architecture.
  5. Application Process
    1. A fully filled application form including all mandatory information and a summary outlining the key concept in the format prescribed by the Challenge with guidelines for entry followed
    2. Duly completed and fully filled forms must be submitted using the online application system before 11:30 pm IST on Wednesday, 03rd November 2016. Participants are requested to visit:
      1. The participant will be taken to a landing page featuring the application form with various fields.
      2. Participant will have to fill out the application form and click 'Submit'.
      3. On successful submission, participant will receive a confirmation email.
      4. Should T-Hub 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 & T-Hub do not claim ownership over the applications submitted or any Newly Developed IP, but by submitting an application, Participant grants Organizers & T-Hub 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 T-Hub are not liable in case of email delivery failures.
    3. Eligibility: The Challenge is open to startups and entrepreneurs registered in India. All participants must have a team in place (besides founders), have a conceptual prototype or prototype in place, be willing to build their solutions based on Intel® architecture, are developing solutions in one of the stated verticals and platforms as stated in section B-2, solutions having a hardware component, and participating teams have a business plan in place. All participants are required to be Indian resident nationals and should be at least 18 years of age as on 1st Sept, 2016. Additional weightage will be given to teams who have participated and been shortlisted at other tech events / innovation events in the last 24 months. The following persons cannot participate in the Challenge:
      1. An employee of Intel
      2. An employee of T-Hub or Department of Science and Technology or MyGov or its affiliates
      3. A member belonging to an organization represented on the Panel of experts or as Mentors or as Advisors
    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 and business summary, demo pitch and business plan.
    2. Participant must be able to answer questions from the panel of experts while presenting their concepts and prototypes during phase II, to a panel of experts on demo day during phase III and to a panel of experts during phase V. If the panel of experts and/or panel of advisers and/or Organizers feel that the spirit of Challenge has been violated, Organizers through its anchor T-Hub retains the right to disqualify the entry.
    3. Eligibility to funds: Allotment of grants will be at the discretion of T-Hub. T-Hub shall be responsible for facilitating and distributing grants to selected participants with the corpus of Rs.65 lakh received for the Challenge. The break-up of the corpus is as follows
      1. Prototype Grant - up to 10 awards of INR 3 Lakh each, amounting to a total of INR 30 Lakh
      2. Development Grant - up to 3 awards of INR 5 Lakh each, amounting to a total of INR 15 Lakh
      3. Final Grant of up to INR 20 Lakh each to 1 identified participating team amounting to a total of INR 20 Lakh
    1. All participants that make it to the first cut-off (up to top 20) list will be invited to make a Concept Pitch to a panel of experts at Hyderabad. Participants can bring one team member should they wish to. The cost of travel of the participant and his/ her team member will be borne by the participant. Cost of stay (on sharing basis per participating team) and food will be borne by the Organizers through T-Hub.
    2. Following concept pitches and based on inputs from the panel of experts and subsequent discussions between Organizers and T-Hub, up to top ten teams will be shortlisted and invited for the next phase, i.e. the Accelerator phase lasting 8-10 weeks. During this phase, each team will receive upto INR 3 lakh as prototyping grant. This phase includes two residential parts at Hyderabad of one week each, the first at the beginning of the phase (for a bootcamp) and the second at the end of the phase (for a demo day). The cost of travel, stay and food at Hyderabad for the participant and one of his/ her team member (on a twin sharing basis) will be borne by Organizers through T-Hub. Participation is mandatory for the residential portions of the Accelerator program. In the remainder of the Accelerator phase, participating teams will work from their location of choice and focus on developing their prototypes based on Intel® architecture, reporting progress on a weekly basis. T-Hub will provide virtual mentoring and assistance during this portion of the phase. All ten teams participating in the accelerator phase will be required to complete development of their prototypes on Intel® architecture and provide Minimum Viable Products (MVP) to T-Hub at the end of this phase to qualify for the next round.
    3. Upto ten participating teams will compete for the next stage and access to funding for upto INR 5 lakh per team. Upto 3 participating teams will be shortlisted after two months of the Accelerator phase, and these shortlisted teams will go through go-to-market phase for a period of 5-7 weeks. This phase includes market access opportunities led by T-hub and its network of knowledge partners and industry, T-Global Access (soft landing and market access program) that features a two week trip to USA for two people per team to gain additional mentoring from experts in Silicon Valley. This entire phase will be planned and executed by T-Hub. T-Hub will pay for upto two people per team towards visa processing fee, economy class travel tickets & accommodation (on twin sharing basis) for upto three teams. All travel to USA is subject to availability of valid travel documents including valid passport, invites and visa. T-Hub will provide a letter for visa purpose as needed but the responsibility of possessing and acquiring valid travel documents in time for travel to USA rests solely with the participants.
    4. The final phase of the Challenge will require the top three teams to present their business plans and go-to-market ready solutions to a panel of experts and other dignitaries during a grand finale event in Delhi, organized by Intel. The winning team will be announced during this event and be eligible to receive upto INR 20 lakh as final grant. All travel and stay costs for each team (two people per team within India) towards participation in this event will be borne by Intel.
    5. Organizers and T-Hub 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 T-Hub 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 T-Hub, 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. T-Hub & Organizers are not responsible for applications not received due to lost, failed, delayed or interrupted connections or miscommunications, or other electronic malfunctions. Organizers and T-Hub 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.
    6. Participants might be required to showcase their prototypes at Intel sponsored events during the period of the Challenge on an adhoc basis. Any travel and stay cost arising on account of this will be borne by Intel.
    7. The decision of the Panel of experts, the Organizers and T-Hub will be final. No communication will be entered into with any person in relation to any decision of the panel or shortlisting 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 & T-Hub;
    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 T-Hub 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, T-Hub, DST, MeitY, MyGov, Panel of experts, Advisors, Mentors, Supporting organizations or any employee or agent of Intel, T-Hub, DST, MeitY, MyGov 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, T-Hub, 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, T-Hub, MeitY, MyGov, panel of experts, Mentors, Advisors and 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, T-Hub, MeitY, MyGov, Panel of experts, Mentors, Advisors and 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, T-Hub, MeitY, MyGov, panel of experts, mentors, advisors and supporting organizations suffers any injury, loss or damages by breach of the warranties above. Organizers or T-Hub 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. Panel of Experts, 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, T-Hub or any of supporting organizations as mentioned on cannot accept any responsibility for the actions of any evaluation panel member, Mentor or Adviser for their obligations in respect of confidentiality.
    3. Intel, T-Hub 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 Program organizers, supporting organizations as mentioned on and Jury and Investment Committee as constituted by T-Hub, Organizers and its supporting organizations
      1. No Use - The Organizers, T-Hub 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, T-Hub 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, T-Hub 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 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 T-Hub 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 Hyderabad only.
  16. For any grievances about the Challenge, please write at ifdi2 [at] t-hub [dot] co
  17. Shortlisted teams working on OGD can also contact for support. The primary source of the datasets must be the OGD Platform - India i.e.
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