The National Innovation Grand Challenge (NIGC) is a 10-month long exercise starting November 5, 2013 and running until July 15, 2014.
It carries prize money over PKR 3,000,000 (3 million) across two categories, namely:
Toyota - Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, and
Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund - Agriculture and Rural Innovation Challenge
Each of these 'branded' prizes are sponsored by entities with a strategic interest in the development of these respective areas.
The Competition is divided into 3 Phases (‘Design’, ‘Prototyping’, and ‘Demonstration’). During the Contest, PIF shall also provide year-round mentoring, training, and networking to help the participating teams to beat the challenge.
Detailed guidelines of the two respective challenges and as well as specific challenge problems are outlined in THE DETAILED RULES AND REGULATIONS DOCUMENTS forTOYOTA MANUFACTURING INNOVATION CHALLENGE AND PPAF AGRICULTURE+RURAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE
The National Innovation Grand Challenge will run from Nov 2013 until July-August 2014. Challenge statements shall be announced on PIF’s website and its facebook page in Nov 2013 and registrations will open.
Judging shall be held in three phases
Design Phase (Dec – Jan, 2013),
Prototyping Phase (Feb – Apr, 2014), and
Demonstration Phase (May – Jun, 2014)
Final Winners of National Innovation Grand Challenge shall be announced in August 2014.
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