3rd Festival of Innovation - 2017

Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi

March 4-10, 2017

The Festival of Innovation (FOIN) is a unique initiative of the Office of the President of India to recognise, respect and reward grassroots innovations and foster a supportive ecosystem. Hosted in the month of March at The President's House, the FOIN has become a national celebration of creativity and innovation at and for grassroots. Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India has exhorted all segments of the Indian society to converge their efforts to make India inclusive, innovative and responsive to the aspirations of common people. While addressing the Global Roundtable on Inclusive Innovation attended by top innovation leaders of the world and several noble laurates during last two years, he has stressed the need for learning and sharing the global experience in designing, developing and delivering empathetic and inclusive innovations for the common good. He believes that while India has to learn a lot of lessons from the countries that rank on the top in the global innovation index, India has also a lot to share in terms of frugal and grassroots innovations. That is the only way Indian innovation quotient will go up.

It is imperative that India becomes a growth engine for the world and provides a new model of inclusive development by providing a large number of open technological and other solutions for the developing and developed world. In sync with the policies of the government of India, FOIN will provide a window to the creative and innovative solutions for social development through grassroots innovations, student ideas and other technologies for agriculture, rural development, sanitation, health, women and child development, biotechnology and medical innovation for grassroots.

The Decade of Innovation (2011-20) is characterised by various initiatives taken by the Government of India and the President's House to promote innovation, particularly grassroots innovation, in the country and forge its linkages with higher education system. The National Innovation Foundation (NIF), India has been organising an exhibition of grassroots innovation every year since 2010, in collaboration with the Honey Bee Network institutions, volunteers and the Department of Science and Technology [DST] at the President's House. The purpose is to expose the visitors to the pervasive culture of creativity and innovation in India. Since 2015, these exhibitions have become a part of the Festival of Innovation. Many central universities and NITs have organised exhibitions of grassroots innovators during the visits of the Hon'ble President there and have already set up National Innovation Clubs in their campuses. Perhaps India is the only country where grassroots innovators are hosted at the President's House to convey a message that the country cares for the creativity of the common people. With support from NIF, the President's Secretariat has successfully organised three editions of the Innovation Scholars In-Residence Programme, during 2014 - 2016. The fourth edition of the programme will begin on March 4, 2017 involving more than a week-long stay of 10 innovators at the President's House. These innovators, including school children, grassroots innovators and college students, are mentored during their stay. The policy and institutional linkages are forged to scale up their ideas.

Last year, in 2016, the second edition of FOIN saw a wider participation, both nationally and globally. More than 70 grassroots innovations, including newly-developed crop varieties developed by farmers, were exhibited. Ninety innovation clubs participated from various universities across the country. The in-residence programme was expanded to include innovation scholars, writers and artists from across the country. Seven innovation scholars, two artists and two writers were hosted for two weeks, as part of the Festival.

To leverage on the uniquely frugal and empathetic model of grassroots innovations developed in India, the President's Office has decided to organise the third Festival of Innovation (FOIN) at the President's House, New Delhi during March 4-10, 2017 with the help of NIF. Following activities will be taken up during the FOIN.

Festival of Innovations 2017

Dates : Mar 4 -10, 2017

Venue(s): RBCC, Sports Ground

March 04, 2017
10:30 - 11:45 hrs
Venue : Ceremonial Hall, RBCC and Sports Ground,
President's Estate
  1. Presentation of the ninth biennial award for grassroots innovations and outstanding traditional knowledge by the President
  2. Interaction of innovation scholars, artists and writers in-residence with the President
  3. Inauguration of innovation exhibition by the President
11:45 - 12:15 hrs
Venue: Sports Ground
Press Conference by Secretary to the President, Secretary DST,
Chairperson, NIF and Executive Vice Chairperson, NIF
12:30 - 13:30 hrs
Venue: West Hall, RBCC
Global Roundtable on Inclusive Innovation (GRII)
Session 1: Inaugural Session
13:30 - 14:30 hrs
Venue: Amphi Theatre
1415-1430 hrs
Lunch to be hosted by Secretary, DST
Consolation Awards and others by Dr R A Mashelkar and DST secretary
14:30 - 16:00 hrs:
West Hall
GRII Session 2: Leveraging science, technology and innovation: developing an inclusive eco-system
16:00 - 16:15 hrs
Venue: Amphi Theatre
Tea Break
16:15 - 17:45 hrs:
West Hall
GRII Session 3: Education for inclusive innovation development
17:45 - 18:15 hrs
Venue: Amphi Theatre
High Tea
18:30 hrs
Venue: Auditorium

20:30 hrs Ashoka Hotel
Cultural programme


Dinner to be hosted by EVC, NIF
March 5, 2017
10:00 - 11:15 hrs
Venue: Auditorium
Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award Ceremony
11:15 - 11:30 hrs
Venue: Amphi Theatre
Tea Break
11:30 - 13:00 hrs:
Venue: West Hall, RBCC
GRII Session 4: Incubation and Acceleration Models for Innovative Startups
13:00 - 14:00 hrs
Venue: Amphi Theatre
Lunch to be hosted by Chairperson, NIF
14:00 - 15:30 hrs:
Venue : West Hall, RBCC
GRII Session 5: Incentives for Innovation in Public Policy and Programmes
15:30 -16:00 hrs
Venue : Amphi Theatre
Tea Break
16:00 -17:30 hrs:
Venue : West Hall, RBCC
GRII Session 6: Social Innovations for Large-Scale Societal Change
17:30 -17:45 hrs
Venue : Amphi Theatre
Tea Break

17:45 -17:55 hrs
Venue : West Hall, RBCC

Participants assemble at the West Hall
18:00 -19:00 hrs:
Venue : West Hall, RBCC
Rapporteurs' Summarization of Global Roundtable on Inclusive Innovation to the Hon'ble President
March 6, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 hrs:
Venue: West Hall, RBCC
Roundtable on Innovations in Public Service Delivery:
Session 1
11:30 - 12:00 hrs
Venue : Amphi Theatre
Tea Break
12:00 - 13:30 hrs
Venue: West Hall, RBCC
Roundtable on Innovations in Public Service Delivery:
Session 2
13:30 - 14:30 hrs
Venue: Amphi Theatre
Lunch
16:00- 18:00hrs
Venue: NITI Aayog
Meeting at NITI Aayog of award winning innovators
19:00 - 20:00 hrs
Venue: Auditorium
Presentation of Visitor's Awards 2017 by the President
20:00 - 21:00 hrs
Venue : Ceremonial Hall, RBCC
Dinner to be hosted by the President of India
March 7, 2017
10:00 - 13:00 hrs
Venue: Sports ground
Workshop of Innovative and Creative Children for Addressing Unmet Social Needs
13:00 - 14:00 hrs
Venue: Amphi Theatre
Lunch
15:00 - 17:30 hrs
Venue: West Hall, RBCC
Session on Pitch@RB with CII
17:30 - 18:00 hrs
Venue: Amphi Theatre
Tea Break
18:00 - 18:10 hrs Participants assemble at the West Hall
18:15 - 19:00 hrs
Venue: West Hall
Concluding Session of Pitch@RB with the President
March 8, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 hrs
Venue: West Hall, RBCC
Meeting of National Innovation Club members with Secretary to the President: Session 1
11:30- 11:45 hrs
Venue : Amphi Theatre
Tea Break
11:45 - 13:15 hrs
Venue: West Hall, RBCC
Meeting of National Innovation Club members with Secretary to the President: Session 2
13:30- 14:30 hrs
Venue : 2 MTC
Lunch to be hosted by Secretary to the President
14:30- 16:00 hrs
Venue: West Hall, RBCC
Meeting of the Design Innovation Centers (DIC) and design spokes for design inputs in grassroots and student's innovations
10:00- 17:00 hrs
Venue : Sports Ground
Poster Exhibition of innovations by Innovation Clubs and Design Innovation Centers
March 9, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 hrs:
Venue: West Hall, RBCC
Roundtable on Innovations in Medical Science and Bio-technology for grassroots applications
11:30 - 12:00 hrs
Venue : Amphi Theatre
Tea Break
12:00- 13:00 hrs
Venue : Sports Ground
Bio-technology for grassroots
13:00- 14:00 hrs
Venue : Amphi Theatre
Lunch to be hosted by Secretary DHR and DG ICMR
14:00-16:00 hrs
Venue: West Hall, RBCC
Roundtable on Sustainable Inputs for Agriculture
14:00 - 17:00 hrs
Venue : Sports Ground
Interaction of scientists with grassroots innovators
March 10, 2016
10:00-12:00 hrs:
Venue: West Hall, RBCC
Roundtable on Financing of Innovation based Startup and Early Stage Ventures, DST, AIM and NIF
12:00 - 12:15 hrs Tea Break
12:15 - 12:25 hrs Participants assemble at the West Hall
12:30- 13:30 hrs
Venue : West Hall, RBCC
Presentation of key recommendations emanating from the roundtable discussions with the leaders on the consultation and policy dialogue about Start Up, Incubation and financing innovations to the Hon'ble President
13:30- 14:30 hrs
Venue : Amphi Theatre
Lunch
14:30 hrs FOIN Concludes

(Note : Innovation Exhibition will continue from 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs from March 04 to 10, 2017)