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Award Announcement: IGNITE 2014

Award Announcement: IGNITE 2014 - The National Competition of Original Technological Ideas and Innovations of School Children

October 15, 2014

National Innovation Foundation - India (NIF) announces the IGNITE 14 Awards. IGNITE is a national competition of original technological ideas and innovations of children in or out of school (upto class 12 or the age of 17 years only).

Over 27000 submissions of students from 359 districts of 35 States & Union Territories of the country were received during the competition, which ran from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014. The IGNITE competition is organised by NIF in association with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Society for Research and Initiatives in Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), and other partners. A number of other State Educational Boards viz. Directorate of Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh, Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur, Haryana Board of School Education, Nagaland Board of School Education, Mizoram Board of School Education also actively promoted the IGNITE campaign. The awards of IGNITE competition are announced every year on October 15th, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's birthday, which is celebrated as the Children's Creativity and Innovation Day by NIF.

In IGNITE 2014, a total of 28 students from 22 districts of 15 States and Union Territories will be awarded by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam for their ideas/innovations (total 22) on Nov 19th at IIM Ahmedabad (List of award winners annexed). There would also be an exhibition of all award winning ideas at the venue.

NIF will file patents in all applicable cases in the name of the students and will also engage designers/fabricators to develop prototypes of the students' ideas.

NIF, an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has been actively engaged in promoting creativity and innovation in our society through volunteers of Honey Bee Network and other like-minded individuals and organisations. IGNITE is an effort to focus primarily on the creativity of the children and promoting original inclusive and compassionate thinking among them.

S N Name Class School District State Title
Upto Class 8
1. Shaik Muzammil Pasha 6 Castle Town High School Hyderabad Telangana Modification in shoe to alleviate knee pain
2. Abid Khurshid 6 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalya Kulgam Jammu & Kashmir Mobile/laptop adapter with inbuilt power backup
Rohit Tiwari 12 PTJM Saraswati Vidya Mandir Bokaro Jharkhand
3. Samraddh Saxena and Yatharth Saxena 6
Campus School Pantnagar Uttarakhand Modified life saving device for swimming beginners
4. Ram Nikash 7 Excel Central School Kanyakumari Tamil Nadu Automatic railings at railway platform edge
5. Chhaya Sambhoji Thakor 7 Vidhyadham Primary School, Mansa Gandhinagar Gujarat Inclined installation of water taps at schools and other public places
6. Jenish Shah 8 Tapti Valley International School Surat Gujarat Mobile app for mutual calling intimation
7. Shubh Dholakiya 8 Shree G.K Dholakia High School (Eng.) Rajkot Gujarat Detachable device for the bicycle enabling user to ride with one leg
8. Sarthak Shukla 8 Indirapuram Public School Ghaziabad Uttar Pradesh Cylindrical shaped refrigerator with rotatory trays
Class 9-10
9. G. Vasanth and D. Keerthivasan 9 Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Nannilam Thiruvarur Tamil Nadu All in one stapler (for all size of pins)
10. Hrishit Shah 9 Navrachana School Sama Vadodara Gujarat Portable wi-fi stick with rechargeable batteries
11. Akanksha Guha 10 Army Public School, Lansdowne Pauri Garhwal Uttarakhand Height adjustable wash basin
12. Diptanshu Malviya and Mukul Malviya 9
St.Paul's Sr. Sec School Sirohi Rajasthan Wrapper picker
13. Adarsh Barnwal 10 Ramkrishna Mission Vidyamandir Katihar Bihar Provision of fourth (blue) light to reduce traffic jams
14. K.B.S Sukesh 10 ST. Mary's Public School Nellore Andhra Pradesh Hygienic cloth hanger
Rajat Gautam 12 Bakshi's Springdales Sr Sec. School Kota Rajasthan
15. Sharvari Tambat 10 Wisdom High International School Nashik Maharashtra Microphone that adjusts the volume according to user's voice
16. Ananya Jain 10 Carmel Convent School Chandigarh Chandigarh Bio-fertiliser from cockroaches
Class 11-12
17. Swapnanil Talukdar 11 Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Guwahati Kamrup Assam Foot operated manual page turning machine
18. Rinku S Rajpal 12 Adani Vidya Mandir Ahmedabad Gujarat Voice modulation system
19. Khushkumar Patel 12 Nutan Vidhya Vihar Higher Secondary School Ahmedabad Gujarat Movable seat for physically disabled in cars
20. Vidit Laad 12 Lokmanya Vidya Niketan Indore Madhya Pradesh Advance wind turbine
21. Yash Vardhan Goenka 12 Calcutta International School Kolkata West Bengal Improved batteries with fast charging
22. Preyansh Kotecha and Karan Khatri 12
Anand Vidya Vihar Vadodara Gujarat Advance helmet for mine workers


What is the IGNITE contest?

IGNITE is an annual national competition to harness the creative and innovative spirit of school children. Students are invited to send their original creative technological ideas and innovations for the same.

Why the IGNITE contest?

Creativity among children is almost in-born, every child is creative, degrees may vary, but not the basic manifestation. Then what happens during the growth and maturation? Why should children stop asking basic questions? Why do they agree to do repetitive science projects instead of being original? Why do they learn to live with unsolved social and professional problems? We should not allow our children to live with such problems rather urge them to come up with solutions to these. We want to promote originality, creativity and innovative spirit among our children so that when they become leaders of our society, they ensure an imaginative, inclusive and an innovative future for the country. We want our children to be more sensitive to the problems faced by not just them and their families or neighbours but also other socially disadvantaged sections of the society.

What is invited for the IGNITE contest?

Original creative technological ideas and innovations of the students OR/AND Any technological idea/innovation that solves any daily problem be it household, of porters, labourers, or the like. In addition, during their vacations or otherwise, the students are encouraged to look for other people who come out with innovative machines/devices or solve day to day problems using their creativity. Similarly they are also encouraged to document and learn traditional knowledge practices from their elders in their family and neighbourhood. The purpose is to expose them to the rich traditional heritage we have, facilitating its transfer from generation to generation. The students submitting the maximum number of properly documented entries (Innovations/Traditional Knowledge) to the schools (which would forward them to NIF) or directly to NIF would be given appreciation certificates from NIF. For each innovation/traditional knowledge practice spotted and documented by the student, he/she will be credited as being the 'Scout' for that particular innovation/traditional knowledge in records.

What is the competition period?

The entries will be received till August 31, 2015. All entries received after this date will be considered for IGNITE 16 competition.


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Can students of other educational boards (national and state) other than CBSE also participate in the competition?

Yes, students from any educational board can participate in IGNITE competition.


How can the submissions be sent?

The submissions for the contest can be made to us through the following means.
1. Email the details at 
2. Mail them at the following address (directly/through the Principal)

National Innovation Foundation - India 
Satellite Complex, Premchand Nagar Road,
Jodhpur Tekra, Satellite
Ahmedabad 380 015, Gujarat


Is there any limit to the number of entries submitted during the competition period?

No. The students are encouraged to submit as many entries as possible.

Can there be groups or only individual submissions?

Students can submit entries in group provided each member of the group contributes significantly to the development of the idea/innovation/project. Groups where teachers/parents are included will not be considered.

Are there any separate awards for individual or groups?


Is there any age limit for students?

As the competition is for students upto class 12, the maximum age is expected to be about 17-18 years.

Can only students with science background apply for the competition?

Students from any background arts, commerce etc can participate in the competition.

Is there any particular format for submission of entries?

There is no particular format for submission. However, the following should be clearly mentioned - name, age, class, school name & address, home address & contact number, title of the project/idea/innovation, detailed description, diagrams/sketches/photos if any and a simple declaration that the project has been done by the student himself/herself without guidance from teachers/parents. If required later we may request a declaration from school and/or parents that the project of the student has been unsupervised.

Is a working model required along with the submission?

Not at this stage. If required later we would ourselves let the student know and may even facilitate the development of the prototype/model.

Are any photos/videos/sketches of the idea/innovation/project required?

Yes, if available. These would help our experts to properly understand and evaluate the submission.

How is the evaluation of entries done?

The evaluation of entries is based on the information provided in the entry submitted to us online or hard copy. Click here to see the evaluation process. There will be NO evaluation event (meeting, interview or exhibition) prior to the award function where we will call students with their models and evaluate them. If during our screening, any additional information would be required by us for any promising entry, we would get in touch with the student or school over phone or email hence providing proper contact details is very essential.

When will the awards be announced and given?

The name of the winners will be announced on October 15, 2015. The awards will later be given at his convenience by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. October 15, the birthday of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, is celebrated as Children's Creativity and Innovation Day by NIF.

How many prizes will be given in the competition?  

There is no fixed number of awards. It will depend upon the number of quality entries that we receive and which we can recognize in the function.

Is there going to be an exhibition?

Yes, there will be an exhibition of  ONLY  the awarded projects/ideas/innovations. Working or illustrative models and/or posters in case of ideas would be required for the same.

Will NIF support for travel for the exhibition?

NIF will provide to and from train travel support to the student(s) and one person accompanying the student(s) from the student's home town to Ahmedabad. Local hospitality will be provided by NIF in Ahmedabad. Any other person(s) accompanying the award winner or any other person interested to visit the exhibition would have to bear all their costs (travel/stay/food) themselves.

What type of submissions will NOT be considered?

Simple essays, write-ups on problems like population, corruption, global warming, unemployment etc will not be accepted as well as common projects/concepts (from text books/other make yourself books) like hydel power project, rain water harvesting, water level indicators, vermi compost/ vermiwash, letter box alarm and other alarms, using turbines to generate energy, using solar energy to do various things, electricity generation through waste batteries/dung/transport/waves or earthquake alarm. Projects guided by teachers/parents. Teachers and parents are specifically requested not to be suggestive to the children and let them come up with some creative idea of their own. In case, the teachers or parents have an interesting idea(s) they can send it to us separately.

Who cannot participate in IGNITE competition?

Any student enrolled in any graduation course and above; any other adult innovator irrespective of educational or occupational background; children of staff in NIF, GIANs or colleagues in the Honey Bee Network and their relatives. Teachers or parents of students are also requested not to send their own ideas and innovations through their wards. A declaration from parents & teachers mentioning that the idea/innovation is an original thought of the student would be required.

What kind of support NIF will provide to good ideas/innovations?

All practical and useful ideas/innovations may be given financial and mentoring support. In the deserving cases, patents will be filed in their name at no cost to them. It is also possible that some of the ideas might attract entrepreneurs and these may get licensed for monetary consideration.

Whom to contact

Any queries may be addressed to NIF at  
Email: or  
Telephone numbers +91-79-26732456 / 2095,  
Fax: +91-79-26731903 or  
Toll Free No.: 1800 233 5555

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