As a forward-thinking University of the Future, NU believes that students choosing a university programme must be provided all the necessary knowledge and information to enable them to make informed choices. The NU Innovators Challenge helps achieve this by encouraging students to come up with research-based, data-driven innovative solutions to current societal problems with the potential to transform into products or policies. In the process, students from the Sciences, Commerce or Humanities streams, will understand the creative and problem-solving mindset that is essential to do good engineering and management.
To bring awareness in students about the creative & problem-solving mindset that is essential to do good engineering and management thus enabling them to make wise career choices.
All Class XII students from Science, Commerce & Humanities streams
The Challenge will be conducted in two rounds - Selection Round and Final Round. In the Selection Round, NU faculty members will visit schools and assess projects of participating students. Selected students will be invited to the Final Round. In the Final Round, projects will be judged by an independent panel of judges consisting of NU faculty and external members. The top three innovative projects will be awarded prizes. The Final Round will be held on the NU campus at Neemrana, thereby giving an opportunity to schools and students to experience the university environment.
Selection Round: August – October 2018
Final Round: Mid-November 2018
Steps to Participate – Selection Round
Register each innovation by filling in the Innovators Challenge 2018 Registration Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Download Registration Form
A school can submit more than one innovation.
Each innovation can have 2-5 members.
The members can belong to Science, Commerce and Humanities streams.
Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.
Schedule the demonstration dates of the innovations by your students in consultation with NU team
Document the innovation using the Innovators Challenge 2018 Project Description Form and email it to email@example.com Do send any supporting material such as videos, photographs of images, etc. along with the Project Description Form. Download Project Description Form
Setup the working demonstrations one day before the scheduled date.
Demonstrate (the demonstration has to be done by the students) to the NU Selection Round Panel. The panel will have an interaction with the student-demonstrators. The Panel will also talk to Class XII students from all streams. The talk will revolve around Future of Jobs, Need for Innovation & Preparing for Careers of the Future.
The outcomes of the Selection Round will be communicated to the schools. Schools can prepare accordingly.
Preparing for demonstrating your innovative solution or hypothesis verification experiment to the judges
Prepare a document in the format provided describing the following
Problem being solved/Question being investigated from Science, Commerce and Humanities domains
Solution or hypothesis proposed
Work done so far – include block diagrams, photographs, data collected, analysis of data, etc.
Results achieved so far
Future work being planned
Test the working model/prototype thoroughly one day before so that it is ready for demonstration OR Go through the data analysis you will be presenting to support your hypothesis
How to create an innovative solution?
Look around you and choose a problem or a situation that is bothering you
List all possible solutions to solve the problem or handle the situation
Choose one of the solutions that look most promising. You could do this with someone who has similar concerns as well as take guidance from your teachers. Under ideal circumstances, the chosen final solution should solve the problem completely, it should not take too much effort to create and it should not cost too much to build.
List the steps and materials needed to create the solution – you may have to do some research here.
Create a prototype (the first form of the solution that will effectively demonstrate its working) and document its working and your findings
Work on improving the prototype to build a robust solution that can work in the field
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