The third Festival of Innovations (FOIN) will be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan during March 4-10, 2017. The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, will inaugurate the week-long festival which aims at providing a common platform for various stakeholders — from students and bankers to innovators and policymakers. The festival is being organised by the President’s Secretariat in collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation (NIF), India.
On the first day of the festival (March 4), the Hon’ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee will give away the awards to grassroots innovators in the Ninth Biennial Awards function of grassroots innovation and outstanding traditional knowledge, and inaugurate the national exhibition of grassroots innovations. On this occasion, NIF will also recognise the successful partnerships between the formal and informal sectors, outstanding media coverage for grassroots innovations, social diffusion of innovation, distinguished scouting efforts, etc. To coincide with the FOIN and thereby create synergy between the events, the in-residence programme for innovation scholars and writers is also being organised for two weeks starting March 4, 2017 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. They will be given a chance to demonstrate their technologies to visitors, scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, etc. The President will meet the fourth batch of innovation scholars during his visit to the exhibition.
Other events at the FOIN 2017 would be as mentioned below.
Global Roundtable on Inclusive Innovation: In the proposed roundtable, experts, senior policymakers and other stakeholders will be invited from the countries ranking high on the innovation index and also others, to draw lessons for poverty reduction, entrepreneurship development and value-building for inclusive innovation. The delegates from select developing countries will also be invited, apart from the leaders from public, private and civil society sectors within the country.
The Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award: The GYTI Award of Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI) will be given to innovative technological students/faculty projects in engineering, pharmacy, science, biotechnology and other applied technologies. Biotechnology Industrial Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) will be the partner for biotechnology/medical technology awards. An exhibition of the awarded technologies will also be organised. In collaboration with the UNICEF, a children’s creativity workshop will be organised to highlight the role of children as a source of frugal solutions rather than only being a sink of sermons. SRISTI Samman will also be given to outstanding contributors towards the goals of the Honey Bee Network.
Meeting of National Innovation Clubs and interaction with grassroots innovators with entrepreneurs: The innovation clubs at different universities/colleges/institutions/schools will share their achievements in promoting innovations within their campuses and outside.
Roundtable and exhibition on innovations in medical science and biotechnology: NIF, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) will brainstorm and reward the innovations in medical science and biotechnology, having grassroots applications.
Workshop on innovations in public policy and delivery systems: A half-day workshop on innovations in public policy and delivery systems will be organised by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad involving outstanding contributors from different sectors, including public and private organisations, various wings of civil services and social entrepreneurs/innovators.
National consultation on innovations for Clean India (Swachh Bharat): The urban development minister will be invited to inspire the innovators and entrepreneurs in the field of sanitation, public hygiene and related areas.
A policy dialogue and concluding function: Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), NIF and Honey Bee Network, in consultation with the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), will organise a policy dialogue on financing innovations. The idea is that unless banking sector is educated and encouraged to support innovative start-ups, hurdles in their path will not be removed and Make in India will not become a reality.
FOIN 2017 tentative programme
March 4, 2017:
· 9th Biennial Awards of grassroots innovation and outstanding traditional knowledge
· Inauguration of the innovation exhibition by the President
· Introduction with innovation scholars and writers in-residence
· Global roundtable on inclusive innovation
o Leveraging science, technology and innovation: Developing an inclusive ecosystem
o Education for inclusive innovation development
o Incubation and acceleration models for innovative start-ups
March 5, 2017:
· Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award ceremony
· Global roundtable on inclusive innovation continued
o Incentives for innovation in public policy and programmes
o Social innovations for large-scale change
· Visitor's Award for the Best University, Innovation and Research
March 6, 2017:
· Roundtable on public service delivery
March 7, 2017:
· Workshop of innovative and creative children
March 8, 2017:
· Meeting of National Innovation Club (NIC) members
· Exhibition of innovations by NICs
· Learning from innovation-based start-ups
March 9, 2017:
· Roundtable on innovations in medical science and biotechnology
· Exhibition of innovations by innovators of medical science and biotechnology
March 10, 2017:
· Interaction with the leaders of banking and financial sectors, and policy dialogue on financing innovations
March 11, 2017:
Exhibition of innovations related to Swachh Bharat