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Challenge:

Infosys Science Foundation Nutrition Challenge

This Challenge is

CLOSED

Infosys Science Foundation Nutrition Challenge

Key Dates

Challenge Begins

September 10, 2018

Solutions Due By

November 9, 2018

Winners Announced

December 2018

Nearly 40% of children in India suffer from malnutrition*, a condition that can cause stunted growth and lifelong negative health effects. Innovative solutions are needed in the near term to improve the diets and nutrition of children and expectant mothers.

The Infosys Science Foundation is seeking ideas on how to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to combat malnutrition among expectant mothers and children under five years of age living in India.

We invite talented young thinkers (ages 13-18) residing in India to participate in this challenge for a chance to win the grand prize: a scholarship of five hundred thousand Rupees (₹5,00,000) for each member of the winning team. 


The Challenge

In this sixty (60) day innovation challenge, participants ages 13-18 who reside in India will have the opportunity to form virtual teams and work with experts from the Infosys Science Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences. You may compete as an individual, or as part of a team.  Solvers will be asked to develop and present ideas that utilize STEM to combat malnutrition among expectant mothers and children under five years of age.

As part of this challenge, participants will have access to a four-week online bootcamp that serves to prepare and inspire solvers through a series of curated learning resources and TEDx-style talks by leading industry experts. Go to: Infosys Science Foundation Challenge Bootcamp.

Once the challenge begins, you will have access to Launchpad, an online innovation platform designed to facilitate global collaboration and problem solving. Using Launchpad, solvers in multiple locations can work together to design solutions to challenges sponsored by top companies. For more information about Launchpad and the challenge, visit our FAQs.


*Source: World Food Programme

Sponsor

The Infosys Science Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation established in 2009 to bring back the romance to research and science. Through the Infosys Prize, it recognizes six scientists or researchers each year for stellar work in their field by awarding them a prize of USD100,000, a gold medal and a citation by internationally renowned jury. Besides the Infosys Prize, The ISF runs other programs to excite interest and inspire the younger generation to look at science and research as a career option. For more information please visit http://www.infosys-science-foundation.com/

Infosys Science Foundation Nutrition Challenge

Grand Prize:

  • Each member of the winning team will receive a scholarship of five hundred thousand Rupees (RS 5,00,000).
  • The winning team will be invited to travel to Bangalore to attend the Infosys Prize ceremony on January 5, 2019, and to visit the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) at Sriharkota to witness the launch of a rocket. Travel expenses will be covered by the Infosys Science Foundation.
  • Entry into The Junior Academy of the New York Academy of Sciences in Fall 2019.

Second Place:

  • The second place winners will be invited to travel to Bangalore to attend the Infosys Prize ceremony on January 5, 2019, and to visit the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) at Sriharkota to witness the launch of a rocket. Travel expenses will be covered by the Infosys Science Foundation.
  • Members of the second place team will receive automatic acceptance into The Junior Academy of the New York Academy of Sciences in fall 2019.

Rules

1. The winning team will receive a scholarship in the amount of five hundred thousand Rupees (RS 5,00,000) each, to use against educational expenses.

2. All scholarships are awarded for scientific excellence and to promote scientific thinking in line with the Infosys Science Foundation’s mission of developing future scientists.

3. The scholarship should only be used for educational purposes.

4. Any tax incidence must be borne by the winner(s).

5. All scholarships will be distributed in Indian Rupees via check or wire transfer to the winner/guardian’s bank account in India.

Infosys Science Foundation Nutrition Challenge

Key Dates

Challenge Begins

September 10, 2018

Solutions Due By

November 9, 2018

Winners Announced

December 2018

During the sixty-day challenge, a group of STEM experts, selected by the New York Academy of Sciences and the Infosys Science Foundation, will be available online to all challenge participants, to answer their questions and provide feedback and guidance upon request. All communication between STEM experts and challenge participants will take place on Launchpad.

Once the challenge begins, experts should generally expect to spend 1–2 hours per week answering student questions and providing input on student projects. The timing of this is flexible based on your schedule.


STEM Expert Qualifications and Requirements


Qualified STEM Experts are:
  • Professionals working in nutrition or a STEM-related field
  • Able to access at least one communication device with internet capabilities
  • Passionate about engaging and inspiring the next generation of STEM innovators
  • Able to communicate clearly in spoken and written English
  • Experienced in conducting original scientific research (preferred but not required)

Mentor Application Process

The mentor application process will be administered by the Infosys Science Foundation, which will screen prospective mentors for:

  • English language proficiency (written and oral)
  • Area of STEM-related expertise
  • Commitment to/engagement in projects over time
  • Characteristics they feel are most important in success of mentor-mentee partnerships


All experts accepted to the program will be asked to complete a background check and 1–2 hours of online training.

Key Dates

Challenge Begins

September 10, 2018

Solutions Due By

November 9, 2018

Winners Announced

December 2018

+ Who is eligible to participate in this challenge?

In order to participate in this challenge you must reside in India, and be between the ages of 13-18 at the time of registration (i.e. your birth date must be between September 10, 2000 and September 10, 2005).

+ Do I need parental consent to participate?

Yes. If you are under the age of 18, parental consent will be required in order to participate. Once you sign up to participate in the challenge, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the parental consent form. You can also find a copy of the form here.

+ Where do I find the detailed challenge question and judging criteria?

The challenge opens on September 10, 2018, at which point the detailed challenge question and judging criteria will be posted on Launchpad.

+ Does participation cost anything?

No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter, participate in, or win the challenge. The purchase of any good or service will not increase a participant's chance of winning the challenge.

+ Do I need to travel anywhere to participate in the challenge?

No travel is necessary to participate. The challenge takes place virtually and all communication can be done through Launchpad.

+ How will I receive my scholarship?

All scholarships will be distributed in Indian Rupees via check or wire transfer to the winner/guardian's bank account in India.

+ How are the solutions scored?

Solutions will be scored by a panel of experts based on judging criteria outlined in the challenge statement to be released on September 10, 2018 when the challenge begins.

+ What is Launchpad?

Launchpad is an innovation online platform designed to facilitate global collaboration and problem solving. The platform allows solvers from different locations to work together to design solutions to challenges sponsored by top companies.

+ How do I create an account on Launchpad?

Everyone who has signed up for the challenge (and completes their parental consent form) will receive an invitation to join Launchpad when the challenge begins on September 10, 2018.

+ How do I find a team to work with?

You can work with people you know, or meet other solvers by posting in the Discussions section of Launchpad. Once you've found people you're interested in working with, you can create a team in the Projects section.

+ What if I want to work with people I know? Can they be on my team?

All team members must sign up for the challenge. When the challenge begins everyone will receive an invitation to join Launchpad. Once on Launchpad, designate one person to create your project. After that, the rest of the team members can join the project.

+ How do I create a project on Launchpad?

On Launchpad, go to the Projects section. There, in the upper right hand corner, you'll see a “+ Project” button.

+ How will Launchpad help me communicate with my team?

Once part of a team, you will have a project page including a private Team Space where you can communicate with team members. In this space you'll also be able to launch a team video chat and link to a shared google drive.

+ What is the minimum and maximum team size?

Minimum team size is 1 maximum team size is 6.

+ English is not my first language and I would like to communicate with my team members in my native language. Is that allowed?

No, unfortunately in order to preserve transparency and ensure all participants respect our online code of conduct, we require that all communication on Launchpad be in English.

+ Will my team be assigned a mentor?

There will be experts available on Launchpad to answer questions as your team is designing their solution. However, mentors will not be assigned to individual teams.

+ How do I communicate with experts on Launchpad?

Students will be able to use the 'People' page to find and message experts on Launchpad.

+ When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced in December 2018.

+ If I am selected as a finalist or winner how will travel be arranged?

The Infosys Science Foundation will be making all travel arrangements. If selected as a winner or finalist you will be given more details on arrangements.

+ Are the prizes scholarships?

Yes, each member of the winning team will receive a scholarship of Rs 5 lakh (RS 5,00,000).

+ Who are the judges?

For more information, you can explore their profiles under the Judges section of the Overview tab.