Submit Applications for NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum (NSIF) 2019 Challenge – India


Deadline: 15 June 2019

The NASSCOM Foundation is seeking applications for its NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum (NSIF) 2019 Challenge, which is a ‘Tech for Good’ platform that aims to drive technology-led innovation for the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) population.

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The objective of the NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum is to recognize and support Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) led innovations that have met a social development need or helped organizations achieve their social development objectives.

Thematic Categories

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  • Education: Solutions include but are not limited to:
    • Primary Education, Secondary Education & Higher Education
    • Knowledge Dissemination/Awareness
    • Skill Development
    • Vocational Training
    • Capacity building & training Programs
    • Any other in line with the above
  • Accessibility: Solutions include but are not limited to:
    • Low cost solutions that use touch, voice and movement.
    • Wearable safety devices.
    • Voice to text solutions, online advocacy forums
    • Technologies that create an enabling environment for Persons with Disabilities and render daily activities accessible. i.e- boarding a bus, walking and navigation, conversation, reading etc.
    • E-learning solutions for children with learning disabilities have made education accessible to the masses.
    • ICT based training for PwD’s
  • Health & Sanitation: Solutions include but are not limited to:
    • Health & Sanitation
    • ICT based innovations that bring affordable healthcare solutions to the masses
    • Mobile technologies that provide vital health information to community members and health workers
    • Maternity, Child Care & Old Age
    • Women Health
    • Hospital
    • Other Well-being projects.
    • Any other in line with the above
  • Environment
  • Financial Inclusion: Solutions in this category include but not limited to:
    • ICT mediums to encourage and enable people to have the skill, knowledge or information about financial instruments.
    • Solutions on Financial decision making/independence
    • Any in line with the above
  • Other Social Causes: Solutions include but not limited to:
    • Solutions that address support child protection, safety, nutrition, and overall well-being
    • Solutions that enable Women’s economic and social Empowerment
    • Innovations supporting better public services and governance
    • Any other ICT solutions addressing social issues affecting India

Eligibility Criteria

  • Not For Profit
    • They should be Indian entities or foreign entities with a registered presence in India.
    • They should be a registered under the Indian Trust Act, 1882, Societies Registration Act, 1860 or as a Section 8, Companies Act 2013.
    • The innovation that is submitted for the award and grant must benefit India or a community in India.
    • To be considered for the NSIF award the innovation/programme must be in at least the prototype stage.
    • The organisation can be operational for less than one year for both the Grant and Challenge.
    • The innovation/project entered by the organisation should not have won the NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum challenge in the previous three years (Since 2015).
  • For Profit / Social Enterprise
    • To be considered a Social enterprise organisation should drive profits from pursuing only socially relevant activities and goals, with the profit being re-invested into driving social impact.
    • To qualify as a Social enterprise, for the purpose of the Social Innovation Award and Grant, the annual turnover of the applicant organisation must not exceed INR 10,00,00,000 (10 crore/ 100 million).
    • They should be Indian entities or foreign entities with a registered presence in India (or in the process of registering by 30th November 2017).
    • The innovation that is submitted for the award and grant must benefit India or a community in India.
    • To be considered for the NSIF award the innovation/programme must be in at least the prototype stage.
    • The organisation can be operational for less than one year for both the Grant and Challenge.
    • The innovation/programme entered by the organisation should not have won the NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum Challenge in the previous three years (Since 2015).
  • Early Stage Entrepreneurs
    • The individual/group of individuals should be Indian citizens.
    • They should be a registered presence in India (or in the process of registering by 30th November 2017).
    • The innovation that is submitted for the challenge must benefit India, or a community in India.
    • If the applicant is an individual, he/she must be over the age of 18 to apply for the Challenge.
    • The innovation in question must be in prototype stage to be considered for the Challenge.
    • The innovation/programme entered by the organisation should not have won the NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum challenge in the previous three years ((Since 2015).

How to Apply

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