NIT Srinagar announces COVID19 'Open Innovation Challenge'

To find innovative solutions to problems arising out of COVID19 pandemic situation, National Institute of Technology Srinagar has announced COVID19 Open Innovation Challenge. The best innovator will get cash prize of Rs one lakh and a certificate.

The initiative is supported by Kashmir based entrepreneurs and researchers.

Head of Department- IIED-NIT, Saad Parvez said the challenge has been setup to help overcome problems which have emerged since COVID-19 outbreak. He stressed on finding local solutions to such problems.

“If someone comes up with a pragmatic idea, we would convert that idea into a tangible product or a service on war-footing basis. The idea should have effectiveness of serving the need of our doctors, paramedics, sanitation workers,” he said.

“Rather than the qualification, talent would be given more importance. It is an open challenge for all,” he said.

As per the norms, the investment that would be required in making or designing of the model would be taken into consideration by the management. The last date for idea submission is April 15 and the submission method would be through email.

Dr Sheikh Fayaz, who teaches innovations at Zhejiang University, China said the competition will inspire innovators to design and invent something that can ease out the problems arising out of COVID19.

“We have seen our doctors struggling for basic medical devices, ventilators, face shields, PPEs and other such things. Taking all this into consideration, we have decided to take up any approved technique or service which can help alleviate the problems of people,” he said.

Abdul Hamid Bhat, owner Rahim Motors, who is also part of this innovation challenge, said many academicians and innovators have to come together to serve the cause as humanity cannot just wait for big organisations to find solutions.