UMO Global Student Innovation Challenge 2013

We believe iINNOVATE Challenge is a great opportunity for colleges and universities to shape students into thought leaders by addressing real problems that could make real difference. Your idea could be vested in a non-profit organization, a campaign, community volunteerism or other informal and formal operations.

Win UMO Scholorships worth 1.5 laks - Five top winning entries.

Indian cities have become synonymous with congestion, noise, and air pollution. The continuing urban boom will stress an already-pressured urban infrastructure system, especially around transportation and traffic. Tier 1 cities being the most impacted, more so with the planned rapid transit systems and metro rail projects. On a positive note such developments offer great opportunity for innovative solutions and services required around such developing infrastructure.

Theme for the competition

Innovative solutions for a great commuter experience

On the occasion of of INDIA 2013 international Conference, UMO calls for participation in iINNOVATE Challenge 2013 to reimagine services and solutions for the ever growing complexity in the urban transport and traffic scene. We encourage you to think in a non- interventional manner, i.e., no new construction or infrastructure is expected, no new flyovers, or railway lines, or skywalks, or such built forms which would disrupt the daily lives furthermore.

Identify opportunities and create innovative solutions/services based on the latest technologies. Address issues like navigation in the city, public/pedestrian safety and health, parking etc.

You can prepare your submissions based on these broad guidelines:

  • Discover - What is the opportunity, initial idea or inspiration?
  • Define - What is the identified need or problem? Who is it going to help, who are the target audience?
  • Design - What is your solution for the defined problem? Illustrate how it enhances the overall commuter experience.

We believe iINNOVATE Challenge is a great opportunity for colleges and universities to shape students into thought leaders by addressing real problems that could make real difference. Your idea could be vested in a non-profit organization, a campaign, community volunteerism or other informal and formal operations.

Who can enter?

UMO’s iINNOVATE Challenge is open to all graduate level (18 + age) students or recent graduates of 2012 academic year from any college, from anywhere in the world and it doesn’t matter which discipline you are from. You should be a team of 4 students plus one faculty member as the mentor.


Follow these quick and easy steps:

  • Form a Team: Create a team comprising of 4 students plus one faculty t0 work on the project
  • Complete your registration: Complete your registration before 10th August 2012
  • Submit Project: Complete your presentation before the deadline i.e., 10th September 2012
  • Agree to the official rules: By participating, entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules and the Sponsor and Administrator decision, which are final and binding in all respects.

UMO Scholarships and Awards

Five top winning entries - worth 1.5 Laks

  • Receive a prize money of 30,000 INR (or AmEx card) each for the team as a scholarship amount
  • Highly commendable certificates for all the team members
  • Highly commendable certificates for all the team members
  • Winner teams get a chance to present at IIM Bangalore on 26th Oct at UXINDIA2013 International conference
  • The college/university will receive “ Best place to innovate” award

50 shortlisted entries

  • Receive highly commendable certificates for all the team members

Other Rules

  • No substitution, assignment or transfer of prizes permitted. Winners are solely responsible for any and all applicable fees and taxes associated with prize receipt and use.
  • To present your ideas live, you must register for the TechEase2013 workshops which are being held on 17, 18 and 19th October at IIITHyderabad.
  • All the qualified entries may get a chance to present at the panel of jury during the conference to decide the finalists.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Clarity of the problem definition and the impact potential and relevance of the opportunity identified
  • Originality and the degree of impact of the proposed solution
  • Attractiveness of the idea to partners from transportation, business, government, non profit or other
  • Environmental impact, whether the proposed idea in predominantly service based without adding more physical structures

Judging process

Vote to shortlist 50 best entries

  • You will be asking your friends, family and schoolmates to vote for your entry
  • Our jury finally shortlists the 50 best entries out of all
  • You are invited to present your idea at TechEase at IIITHyderabad

Final evaluation to decide the top 5 entries

  • Panel of judges sit through your presentations at IIITHyderabad
  • Keeping the judging criteria in mind decide the final winners

Winners - Top 5

  • Each winner team receives Rs.30,000/- as a scholarship
  • Winner teams get a chance to present their ideas at IIMBangalore at UXINDIA’13 conference.

Dates & deadlines

05-Sep-2013 Competition Launch
25-Sep-2013 Deadline for Registration
30-Sep-2013 Deadline for submitting your projects
01-Oct-2013 Announcement of top 50 entries
03-Oct-2013 Deadline to entroll Techease 2013
16-Oct-2013 Deadline for voting by friend
17-Oct-2013 Presentation of the 50 shortlisted projects at the TechEase at IIITHyderabad
19-Oct-2013 Announcement of the final iINNOVATE prizes and award winners.
26-Oct-2013 Winners may present at IIMBangalore at UXINDIA’13 conference

Presentation Format

  • The need or problem should be presented through a set of pictures or a video with brief description
  • The idea and solution can either be in the form of sketches, or a set of pictures or a video with description
  • Your material should be embedded in a predefined presentation template
  • Max number of slides 10
  • Max presentation time for shortlisted entries is 10 mins.
  • Plus a 200-300 word written description of solution in PDF format covering the following:
    • The need or problem
    • The idea and solution
    • Relevance and impact of the idea
    • Environmental Sustainability Considerations
  • All submissions must be in English


Each participant may enter only once.

Each institute can send maximum of two teams.

Judging Criteria

Our jury panel comprising of eminent design professionals and academicians will evaluate entries using the following primary criteria:

  • Clarity of the problem area or the opportunity identified
  • Originality
  • Relevance and impact of the idea in creating sustainable development
  • Environmental Sustainability

General Conditions

Sponsor and administrator reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Challenge should virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, technical failures or any other factor beyond sponsor's or administrator's reasonable control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper operation of the Challenge. In such event, administrator reserves the right to select winners from among the eligible entries received up to the time of impairment. Administrator reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the competition or to be acting in violation of these official rules or the challenge in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately damage sponsor's or administrator's website or undermine the legitimate operation of this challenge may be a violation of criminal and civil laws, and, should such an attempt be made, sponsor and administrator reserve the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor's or administrator's failure to enforce any term of these official rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.


UMO retains the ownership of all ideas and materials/images presented. These ideas could be vested in a non-profit organization, a campaign, community volunteerism or other informal and formal operations.


Participation in the promotion constitutes winner's consent to sponsor's and administrator's use of winner's entry images, entry statements, name, likeness, voice, opinions, country, hometown, or state for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.


By accepting the Prize, winner agrees that Sponsor and Administrator, their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, and the agents, employees, directors and officers of these companies, are not liable whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of all elements of the Prize or from winner's participation in the Challenge.

Limitations of Liability:

Sponsor and Administrator are not responsible for:

  • Incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information or late, lost, stolen, illegible, incomplete, misdirected entries or entries received through impermissible or illegitimate channels, all of which will be disqualified;
  • Technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any telephone, computer, network, hardware or software;
  • The unavailability or inaccessibility of any Web site or service;
  • Unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Challenge;
  • Electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the Challenge;
  • Any injury or damage to persons or property, including but not limited to entrant's computer, which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant's participation in the Challenge or from downloading any material from Sponsor's or Administrator’s Web site(s), regardless of whether the material was prepared by Sponsor, Administrator or a third party, and regardless of whether the material is connected to Sponsor's or Administrator's Website by a hypertext link. No more than one Prize will be awarded at each level.


Entrant agrees that,

  • Any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Challenge, or any elements of the Prizes awarded, other than the administration of the Challenge or the determination of winners shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate State Court located in Hyderabad, Andhra pradesh, India
  • Any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event attorneys' fees; and
  • Under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant, Sponsor and Administrator in connection with the Challenge shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Andhra pradesh India , without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of Andhra Pradesh, India, or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Andhra pradesh India . All Central, state, district and local laws apply.
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