Young Innovators Chennai

Hi Students / Schools,
Do you want to make an impact on the world and make a difference? Here is your chance to showcase your Innovative ideas to build a better Namma Chennai.

Eligibility: Grade 6th -12th

Pick ONE problem statement from the list and develop an Idea to solve the challenge.

Round 1: Submit a 2-minute video. The Video should mention:

  • The problem you’re solving
  • Your Business Idea
  • A brief of how it works

Round 2: Winners of Round 1 will move to Round 2. Physical Audition with the use of Prototype & Visual Aids at a location (to be decided). Selected Teams will have the opportunity to attend a Design Thinking Workshop.

Round 3: Top 3 qualify for the Grand finale on August 18th, 2024.

The best Team & School will be rewarded in the Final.

Problem Statements

Organic Compost Management

Food scraps and other organic waste are not being turned into nutrient-rich compost. This leads to wasted resources and harmful greenhouse gases. How can you create a business that encourages proper composting and utilizes organic waste effectively?

Poor Air Quality

The air we breathe is polluted, making it harmful to our health and the environment. High levels of pollutants, such as harmful gases and particulate matter, can lead to respiratory problems, allergies, and other health issues. How can you develop a business idea that helps improve air quality and reduces pollutants in our surroundings?”

Rain Water Harvesting

Rainwater is not effectively collected and utilized in many areas, causing a loss of valuable water resources. How can you come up with a business idea that encourages rainwater harvesting and helps maximize the use of this vital resource?

Paper Wastage in Schools

Schools generate a significant amount of paper waste every day, such as for assignments, worksheets, handouts, and other educational materials. How can you create a business that reduces paper waste in schools and promotes sustainable educational practices or through the use of technology?

Lack of Parks

There are not enough parks or green spaces in our city for community fun. How can you develop a business idea that addresses the need for more parks in our city and provides residents with accessible, safe, and well-maintained outdoor spaces for leisure, exercise, and community engagement.

Pedestrian Safety

Not enough people have the necessary training to help during emergencies, making it difficult to provide timely assistance and support in times of crisis. Can you come up with a business idea that tackles the problem of limited emergency training, ensuring that more people are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to respond effectively during emergencies and contribute to community safety?

Digital Safety and Bullying

Many children experience online bullying, which includes mean comments, harassment, and threats on social media platforms and online chat rooms. Can you come up with a business idea that addresses the issue of online bullying and promotes a safe and positive online space for children, helping to prevent and stop cyberbullying?

Grey Water Recycling

In many households, water from activities like washing dishes, bathing, and laundry, known as grey water, is often wasted and not reused. Can you come up with a business idea that encourages and facilitates the recycling of grey water in households, helping to conserve water resources, reduce water wastage, and promote sustainable water practices?

Tips & Tricks:

  • Pick a problem
  • Think about it deeply – Find a solution
  • Have a team or work with the school.
  • Seek guidance from Teachers & Parents.
  • Can use Innovation and Tech to explain your idea.

Rules of the Competition

Minimum 1 and Maximum 3 students per team.

Students are required to choose a “Problem Statement” from the samples given to them ONLY.

  1. To participate in Round 1 of the competition, students are required to submit a video presentation of their idea and a brief description of the business. The video should be no longer than 120 seconds (2 minutes). Please ensure that the video clearly presents your idea and effectively communicates its key aspects within the given time limit. Video to contain the following contents;
    1. Problem Statement: Clearly articulate the problem or challenge that your business idea aims to address.
    2. Solution Description: Present an overview of your business idea and how it solves the identified problem.
    3. Target Market: Clearly define your target audience or customer segment. Explain who will benefit from your product or service.
    4. Revenue Model: Briefly explain how your business will generate revenue.
  2. For Round-2, Winners of Round-1 will be required to build a PROTOTYPE (mandatory) and present the business model to a panel of judges using the Prototype and other visual aids. The Presentation should not exceed 5 minutes.
  1. Creativity and Innovation: The degree of originality and uniqueness demonstrated in the idea or concept.
  2. Feasibility and Viability: The practicality and potential for implementation of the proposed solution (Important!).
  3. Impact and Benefits: The positive effects and potential benefits of the idea on society, the environment, or a specific target group (Important!).
  4. Presentation and Communication: The clarity, coherence, and effectiveness of presenting the idea, both in written and oral formats.
  5. Problem-Solution Fit: The extent to which the idea addresses a specific problem or fulfills a need (Important!).

Participants must ensure that their submissions do not infringe upon intellectual property rights or contain copyrighted material without proper authorization. Please refrain from using copyrighted images, text, or other protected content in your submissions. Any infringement may result in disqualification from the competition. We encourage originality and respect for intellectual property.

  1. Respect and Professionalism: Treat all fellow participants, organizers, and judges with respect, courtesy, and professionalism.
  2. Honesty and Integrity: Ensure that all submissions, ideas, and representations are truthful, original, and in line with ethical standards.
  3. Plagiarism and Copyright: Avoid plagiarism and respect intellectual property rights. Do not submit work that infringes upon copyrights or contains unauthorized content.
  4. Fair Play: Refrain from engaging in any form of cheating, unfair advantage-seeking, or unethical behaviour that compromises the integrity of the competition.
  5. Compliance with Rules: Follow all competition rules, guidelines, and submission requirements.
  1. Students are encouraged to seek guidance and mentorship from adults or industry experts during their project development. However, it is important to note that mentors cannot be directly involved in the presentation phase of the competition.
  2. Mentors can provide support, advice, and technical assistance to students during the project’s development stages. They can guide and help students refine their ideas, improve their skills, and ensure project feasibility. However, during the presentation to the judging panel, it is expected that students will present their work independently, showcasing their own understanding, efforts, and achievements.

This guideline ensures that the competition remains a platform for students to showcase their individual abilities and knowledge gained throughout the process.

Participants must adhere to the following guidelines to maintain their eligibility throughout the competition. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in disqualification:

    • Academic Integrity: All submissions must be the original work of the participants, free from plagiarism or unauthorized use of copyrighted material.
    • Code of Conduct: Participants are expected to uphold ethical behaviour, treat others with respect, and follow the competition’s codes of conduct as outlined.
    • Submission Requirements: Submissions must meet all specified requirements, including deadlines, formats, and any additional guidelines provided.
    • Eligibility Criteria: Participants must meet the specified eligibility criteria, such as age, educational level, or any other requirements mentioned.
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  1. Final Decisions: The decisions of the judging panel are final and binding. The panel, consisting of experts in the relevant field, will evaluate the submissions based on predefined criteria and determine the winners. Their decisions are made with careful consideration and expertise.
  2. Dispute Resolution: In the event of any disputes or concerns related to the competition, participants may contact the competition organizers via the designated channels. We will thoroughly review and address any genuine concerns or issues raised in a fair and impartial manner.
  3. Fairness and Integrity: The competition organizers are committed to upholding the principles of fairness and integrity. We ensure that all participants are treated equally and have an equal opportunity to showcase their skills and talents.

Young Indians, Chennai Chapter reserves the right to make changes or amendments to the rules if necessary and communicate any updates to the participants in a timely manner.