Samsung on Thursday launched the inaugural edition of the “Solve for Tomorrow” innovation competition, which invites India’s brightest young minds to come up with innovative ideas that have the potential to transform the lives of the people and communities around them.
With Solve for Tomorrow, a grassroots initiative that engages Gen Z around the world, Samsung aims to provide support to young Indians aged 16 to 22 from all cities and towns to turn their ideas for solving real-world problems into stock.
First launched in the United States in 2010, Solve for Tomorrow is currently operational in 33 countries around the world and has seen over 1.8 million young people participate globally.
Globally, contest participants have developed several innovative solutions, such as converting food waste into leather, a portable desalination device fitted with a solar panel to filter polluted water, and the use of coffee as an alternative source of energy to reduce pollution, among others. .
SOLVING FOR TOMORROW: MAIN THEMES
In the first year, Solve for Tomorrow is soliciting ideas in the areas of Education, Environment, Health and AgricultureUnited Nations priority Sustainable Development Goals for India.
SUPPORT FOR INNOVATORS
Support will include mentoring of 50 best teams (individuals or teams of up to 3 members) by industry experts and the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) to help improve their ideas .
Innovators will also be able to visit a boot camp at IIT Delhia certificate of participation, vouchers with a value INR 1,00,000 for online courses in design thinking, STEM, innovation, leadership, among others.
The top 10 teams will have the opportunity to visit Samsung India offices, R&D centers and the Samsung Opera House in Bangalore where they will interact with young Samsung employees and researchers.
SOLVE FOR TOMORROW: WHAT WINNERS WILL GET
The annual program will end with the grand announcement of three national winnerswho have a chance to get mega support of up to INR 1 crore and mentorship support for six months to take their ideas to the next level under the expert guidance of IIT Delhi.
Additionally, the winning teams will also receive an 85-inch Samsung Flip interactive digital whiteboard for their respective schools and colleges.
- Applications will be submitted, of which 50 teams will be pre-selected by experts.
- Selection criteria include the best use of the technology (application, product or service), creativity, originality of the idea, feasibility of the solution with current technology, potential to have a positive impact on the society or the environment and the potential to reach its target audience.
- The 50 teams will receive online training in design thinking and participate in a boot camp at IIT Delhi and receive support from professors and mentors to detail their layouts and start working on prototypes.
- Teams will receive online course vouchers worth up to Rs 1,00,000 for relevant training.
- Samsung experts will then select 10 teams from the 50.
- Selection criteria for this round will include development of the idea from the original submission, demonstrable use of research and/or testing to understand the needs of the target audience, demonstration of conceptual thinking, and quality of presentation.
- The top 10 teams will receive the next level of online training and mentorship from experts at Samsung and IIT Delhi to prepare their ideas for the finals.
- The teams will also visit Samsung facilities, including its headquarters in India.
- At the end of this round, the teams will submit their final prototypes and prepare for a live presentation at the final event in front of a distinguished jury.
- Teams will win Samsung Baskets INR 100,000.
- Samsung will offer a total of up to INR 1 crore in grants to three winning teams.
- Winners will be able to work with mentors from IIT Delhi for 6 months and gain access to an incubation center from where they can take their idea to a stage where they can seek consumer validation of their prototypes.
HOW TO REGISTER
Participants can apply for Solve for Tomorrow and get detailed information about the program and terms and conditions at www.samsung.com/in/solvefortomorrowstarting June 9, 2022 until 5:00 p.m., July 31, 2022.