Techfest, IIT Bombay conducts a nationwide Innovation Challenge for Std 8-10 students in collaboration with ISRO


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With the aim to develop imaginative and innovative thinking among school students, Techfest, IIT Bombay with the support of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Kerala, initiated Innovation Challenge for school students in collaboration with Science Olympiad Foundation(SOF). SOF is widely known for its National Science Olympiad (NSO) exams for school students. More than 4.2 lakh students across 42800+ schools from 8th to 10th grade participated in the challenge.


International participation from more than 30 countries was witnessed, including UAE, Japan, Kuwait, US, Uganda, New Zealand, Nigeria, China, Canada, Qatar, Yemen, Australia, Malaysia, etc.


Phase-1: Submission of the answer to the challenge question on Techfest’s portal.

The online portal was live for 5 days from 24th to 28th November. In addition to submission of solution for subjective problem statement, students gave a basic online aptitude test consisting of 10 MCQ questions prepared by Techfest. Each slot on each day had 10 different questions of similar difficulty levels to ensure fair contest.

Phase-2: Final round, a 3 hour long mixed (MCQs and Subjective) test.

Techfest will select 15 best answers to the innovation challenge question, as per guidelines by Techfest’s faculty adviser and professor at IIT Bombay, and these 15 students will be invited to Techfest for the 2nd round of examination on 29th December 2017. This 3-hour long examination will gauge depth of understanding of basic scientific concepts and extent of application of the same.


The Innovation Challenge has received support from ISRO and top 6 participants will be given an opportunity to visit Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Kerala.

Other awards for students are

●      Merit Certificate and trophies for toppers of the Innovation Challenge

●      Tablets for all the 15 students who qualify for the second level

●      Participation certificate to all the students submitting valuable solutions

●      Tour of IIT Bombay


Started in 1998 with the motive of encouraging technology, scientific thinking and innovation, Techfest is now recognised as Asia’s largest Science and Technology festival with a footfall of more that 1,60,000 annually and a reach


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