#InnovateToINSPIRE Challenge Rules

“General Terms and Conditions” of the Challenge

  • All the applications submitted for the #InnovateToINSPIRE Challenge 2019 should be accompanied with a Proof-of-Concept(PoC)/details of the prototype.
  • Any registration containing wrong, dubious, or incomplete information shall not be taken into account and shall disqualify the participant and/or the participanting team.
  • By registering, the participant accepts to be contacted through emails sent by Organizer during his/her participation in the challenge. He/she also accepts to be contacted by phone, if he/she is part of the preselected participants or the winners.
  • All the material, information, document or data submitted by the participant to the organiser is submitted on “Confidential” basis. Neither the organiser nor any of its affiliates’ have any obligations to treat the material or data or information submitted as “Non - Confidential” and organiser can only utilise this data or information for the purpose of this innovation challenge.
  • The participant agrees to indemnify and hold the organiser and their respective affiliate companies, directors, employees, agents and partners (“organiser’s associates”) harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the organiser’s associates due to or arising out of the use of Idea/s or additional materials and/or in connection with participation in or winning the challenge.
  • The decision of the organiser will be final and Participant acknowledge unequivocally that Participant waive any right to challenge or dispute the decision (any decision) of the Organiser.
  • Participant expressly waives any right which may arise by virtue of participation in the Challenge or otherwise, against the Organiser to claim any cost or damages, including the right to claim for indemnity.
  • By uploading Deliverables onto the site, Participant are obliged to comply with statutory and regulatory provisions in force. They are consequently responsible for ensuring that the storage and distribution of Deliverables through the Challenge Website does not constitute:
    • an infringement of third-party intellectual property rights
    • an infringement of personality rights (including use of image or name, defamation, insults and abuse, the right to privacy, etc.)
    • an infringement of accepted standards of behaviour or public order (including condoning crimes against humanity, inciting racial hatred, child pornography, etc.). Without prejudice to other rights held by the Organiser, a breach in the foregoing will result in the Deliverables being withdrawn and the Participant's accounts being closed with no prior notice. Furthermore, Participants are personally liable for any criminal offences specific to contentious content (prison sentences and fines) besides their liability for any compensation.

Selection Process

  • The challenge is divided in two stages of selection
    • Interim Selection: This stage ends with the preselection of ideas/solutions submitted by participants
    • Final Selection: This stage ends with final selection of outcomes under each category
  • Each of these selection steps is based on the criteria of:
    • Effectiveness with which your idea/solution addresses the challenge
    • Proof-of-Concept/Prototype details submitted by the participants
    • Originality
    • Feasibility
    • Soundness of the team
    • Start-ups’ motivation toward scalability
  • A panel of Jury composed of members from the relevant fields and experts, having the necessary qualifications to make the preselection, will be responsible for selecting participants on the basis of the details and deliverables submitted
  • Under no circumstances are taken into account factors relating to the person's appearance, religious or trade union, political opinions or sexual orientation of the Participant. The selections will not result in any way, whether directly or indirectly, by chance or luck.
  • An Interim-Selection Committee composed of members from the relevant fields and experts, having the necessary qualifications to make the preselection, will be responsible for selecting ideas based on the Interim-Selection Deliverable submitted (i.e. details in the form of an online Proforma and PDF documents uploaded on the challenge portal.)
  • The Organiser will, via an email sent to the address entered at the time of registration on Challenge website and via a notification on their email account, inform all Participant of selection results. The Organiser will be free to alter the dates on which results are released, should this become necessary due to the number of challenge ideas to be assessed.
  • Each interim-selected or selected Participant must respond to the email sent by the Organiser announcing the selection of the team before the deadline specified in the message. Otherwise, the Organiser reserve the right to disqualify the defaulting Participant’s entry.

After final pitch presentation round, the jury will select maximum five (5) participants/teams as winning entries and the final results will be announced during the International Symposium to Promote Innovation and Research in Energy Efficiency (INSPIRE) – 2019 in Mumbai.

  •  The decision of the panel of eminent jury members will be final and under no circumstances, the organiser(s) will entertain any query/request for revision of the final results.

Interim-Selection Stage and Procedure

Results of the Interim Selection round will be tentatively announced by the mid of September, 2019.

The Participants will have to upload, their Interim-Selection Deliverable on the platform by 5 pm (IST) on 31st August, 2019, which is composed of:

  • Submission of details of the proposed idea/project along with the details of the Proof-of-Concept (POC)/Prototype in online form.
  • All supporting documents, including copyright/patent certificates/any other certification proof/test reports, at least 3 different photographs of the prototype/POC and any other supporting document in a single PDF file with file size not exceeding 20 MB to be uploaded along with the form.
  • This document will be accessible to the participants in their profile once submitted.

Final Selection Stage and Procedure

Only the ideas/projects selected at the end of the Interim-selection stage will be able to participate for the Final Selection stage. At this point, these participants may have to send further details related to the idea/solution that they have proposed.

Based on evaluation results by the Jury, top 10-12 finalists will be selected at this stage, and invited to pitch in front of the jury in the second week of November 2019.

Characteristics of the Deliverables

Only a single PDF files (upto 20 MB) and be written in English.

In case of difficulties or failures to read the deliverable, Participant of the concerned project will be notified and have the responsibility to re-submit it before the Deliverable deposit end date of the current step. If the delay is passed, the Project in question will be disqualified from the Challenge.

Each Participant commits that the content of the deliverables are only their contributions from their team. If it appeared that contribution are from a third party all participant from concerned team may be disqualified.

The use of photos or images must be free copyright. In any case, the Organiser will not be held responsible for the use of works on which third parties have rights.

Intellectual Property Rights

Definitions : Participant/Team hereinafter referred to as a Party

Intellectual Property: refer to any patents, utility certificates, drawings, models, copyright, brands, database producer rights and any other intellectual or industrial property rights whatsoever.

Existing Rights: refer to any Intellectual Property Rights and the know-how held by one of the parties before the start date of the Challenge.

Own Rights: refer to any Intellectual Property Rights or know-how developed or acquired by a party after the start date of the Challenge without the practical assistance of another Party, whether or not as part of the Challenge.

Results: refer to any Intellectual Property Rights or know-how developed or Participant/Team hereinafter referred to as a Party acquired by a party after the start date of the Challenge without the practical assistance of another Party, whether or not as part of the Challenge.

The Existing Rights and Own Rights remain the exclusive property of the party in possession of them. Furthermore, the latter alone shall decide to protect its own knowhow or otherwise, and to file or protect or defend any of its Own Rights or Existing Rights. Unless otherwise agreed by the Participant and EESL, ownership of the Results reverts to the Participant.

For the Deliverables and Results, each Participant grants the Organisers the following rights free of charge:

  • Industrial property rights and author's property rights, including the right to reproduce (wholly or in part), display (wholly or in part), analyse, adapt, modify, disseminate, translate and use these materials, and
  • The right to permit someone else to exercise all or some of these rights, these applying worldwide, for the period for which the document, submissions and Deliverables are protected, by any means whatsoever, in all existing or future forms, on any media and for the following purposes:

Participants expressly undertake not to misuse any legally recognised rights they may hold and any such misuse will entitle the Organisers and partners to disqualify the Participant concerned. Participants undertake to act in a way intended to also meet the Organisers' requirements.

Participants guarantee undisturbed use of the documents, submissions and Deliverables and the rights herein granted against any interference, claims over possession or any other challenge throughout the duration of the challenge and while intellectual property rights are in force.

In this regard, Participants guarantee the Partner Company that none of the documents, submissions and deliverables, tools and other creations provided or used by participants in respect of the challenge constitutes an infringement of any component, work or creation belonging to a third party, or is the result of unfair competition, parasitic competition (passing off) or any other infringement of third party rights. Participants hold the Partner Company harmless from all third party action on any grounds whatsoever including relating to the use of their image or any creation or any other protected element

All Participants in the Challenge undertake to obtain all necessary permission from persons having participated in any way whatsoever in production of the Deliverables and likely to hold any rights whatsoever over the Deliverables

The Organisers cannot be held liable for any infringement of the above provisions by Participants

Participant’s Representation and Warranty:

  1. The Participant warrants and represents that it owns all rights, or has all necessary licenses, to use any and all Idea/s (and all constituent parts) that are submitted under this Challenge for judging, including without limitation all content, images, text, or other copyright material, trademarks, service marks, logos or any other intellectual property contained within its Idea, and can, upon request, provide written confirmation of such ownership or license to the Organiser. The participant further warrants and represents that all Idea/s are original and have been legally obtained and created, and do not infringe the intellectual property rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party, including the confidentiality obligation of the Participant. Also, submission of any material do not contain any virus or spywares or other components that are (or may be) malicious or deceptive or designed to harm the computer or any functionality thereto.
  2. Participant shall not assign or in any way relinquish the rights or interest under the terms and conditions of this Challenge.
  3. Participant expressly undertake not to misuse any legally recognised rights they may hold and any such misuse will entitle the Organiser and partners to disqualify the Participant concerned. Participant will act and/or activities will be governed as per the agreed terms and conditions of the Challenge.
  4. Organiser reserve the right to in appropriate circumstances and at our discretion, deny access to a site or service or disable and/or terminate the accounts of any Participant or debar or disqualify the participant who is alleged to have infringed the intellectual property or proprietary rights of another.