1. Any individual or group of individuals, whether incorporated or otherwise, regardless of age and nationality, who has an innovative idea that addresses energy issues in India (though not exclusively), is eligible to participate.
2. Participating or proposed ventures should be independent entities, meaning that they should not be a subsidiary of an existing corporation or have legal ties to a government body.
3. Existing non-profits can participate; however, they should propose a new venturing idea or a new plan to transform their existing solutions into a more sustainable solution.
4. Specific eligibility for Pre-pilot category
Any individual or group of individuals, whether incorporated or otherwise, with technology in the following stages of development may apply to the Pre-pilot category:
- There are paper studies to support the technology’s basic properties
- Technology concept / application formulated
- Proof of Concept stage/Active R&D has been initiated. This includes analytical studies and laboratory studies to physically validate the analytical predictions of separate elements of the technology
- Basic technological components have been integrated to establish that they work together
5. Specific eligibility Post-pilot category
Any individual or group of individuals, whether incorporated or otherwise, with solutions in the following stages of development may apply to the Post-pilot category:
- Technology has been put together and can be tested in a simulated environment
- Prototype is being tested in simulated operational environment or in a high-fidelity laboratory environment
- Actual system prototype is near completion or ready and has been demonstrated in an operational environment or is at pilot level
- Technology is proven and developed but not yet operational or applied anywhere
- Technology has been applied in its final form and is operational
1. Submissions which are incomplete will be deemed void and disqualified from the competition.
2. Submissions should be the original work of the participant, and should demonstrate positive, sustainable and scalable social impact in India (though not exclusively in the region).
3. Participants who are ranked in the top 40 will be required to send at least one core member of the team for the final round in New Delhi. Financial assistance for such attendance will be provided for one representative per team for participants residing outside of New Delhi.
4. Finalists agree to the use of their names, photographs, disclosure of their country of residence, and co-operate with any other reasonable requests by the organiser relating to any competition publicity.
5. Finalists are required to submit a declaration of good standing and solvency at the final round, in the event that they are prize recipients. If there is any change in circumstance that invalidates their good standing and solvency, the team is to immediately inform the organisers.
6. All contestants own the rights to their ideas. Participants must properly acknowledge any trademarks, patented or copyrighted materials of others that are incorporated into the submission materials. Participants are responsible for obtaining any necessary permission before incorporating such materials into their submissions. into their submissions.
7. Submitted ideas are protected in the spirit of non-disclosure, and all submitted materials will be treated as company confidential. The only people with access to the entry materials will be judges and select members of the organising committee. Materials will not be distributed to any other party unless requested by a participant. No other provisions are made to protect intellectual property.
8. Participants are advised not to disclose critical information which would affect a successful filing of patent(s). All presentations are open to the general public, and some presentations may be videotaped. Attendance by media personnel is expected in the final round(s). Any data or information discussed or divulged in public sessions by participants should be considered information that will likely enter the public realm, and entrants should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged or presented in these sessions.
1. The winners will receive complete incubation support by the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC), located at Tata Power-Delhi Distribution Limited’s Smart Grid Lab in Delhi. No cash prizes will be awarded.
2. The incubation support will be for a period of 6-18 months (extendable further based on need and performance assessment), and the exact duration of each winner’s incubation period and the kind of support required will be decided on a case-to-case basis, based on the assessment of their needs.
1. The selection of the teams to compete and the decision of the winners are at the sole discretion of the judges and the organisers from Social Alpha and partnering organizations. Best efforts will be made to make decisions in accordance with this Official Rules document.
2. Throughout any and all phases of the Challenge, all decisions of the judges are final.
1. The organisers of the Challenge reserve the right to disqualify any Participant which is found to have violated the spirit of the competition guidelines and terms and conditions stated herein. Disqualified teams shall forfeit any and all prizes awarded to them.
2. The organisers reserve the right to amend these rules at any point before the Closing Date of the competition in line with the overall goal of the competition.
3. The indicated dates for the Challenge may be revised at any point of time by the Organisers. Any change in schedule will be suitably intimated on the Challenge webpage and on other relevant platforms.
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