- Concept: Envisioning an idea is the most powerful basis of developing it into a project. The concept has to be dynamic in nature and should contribute to positive change-making in the sphere of its relevance. The best entries, through their innovation, will not only address a need or solve a problem but also seize an opportunity for growth and leadership in a new space. The ideas presented must hence be expansive of their overall plan of design, development and implementation.
- Innovation: We are looking for the “game-changers” or “change-makers” and those who could lead the future of the world with their idea. The best entries will demonstrate how through creative approaches and solutions, an existing need or problem is being solved. However, problem-solving need not seek permanent intervention, but temporary intervention with a long-lasting appeal. The innovation must be able to present evidence of various distinctive advantages over alternatives. Additionally, the submissions must propose a unique value proposition in relation to the cost of opportunity versus economic desirability for its benefits. Such solutions (be it a product, application, service or practice/initiative or hybrid combinations of existing tools) must be capable of being prototyped. Ideas presented do not have to involve inventing something entirely new, but entries should describe how ideas are original.
- Measurable Impact: Entries should be able to explain how the idea has the ability to deliver positive measurable impact on people at large (e.g. accessibility or affordability or inclusiveness). The best projects will tackle a root problem or social issue in ways where the solutions at work have the potential of making a large-scale difference with a futuristic vision.
- Financial Sustainability: Ideas presented should have a clear plan for reaching long-term goals. The strongest entries will outline how their solution can be sustained without reliance on philanthropic donations or aid for core funding. If ideas are already at work, it should demonstrate fiscal responsibility and marketplace validation.
- Governance: To ensure and identify how well the innovative idea can be incorporated into the practical scenario of various parts of the country. This includes its potential for collaborations with other entities. Further engagement of the citizens in order to implement the same is also analysed.
- Potential: The potential to which the project, idea or the innovation can be scaled in order to have an impact on society at large is also considered. To implement the ideas into a stronger network so that the purpose of launching the idea has an impact.
Product and Service Innovations:
Nominations for Rural Innovations:
The nominated youth-led rural innovations will be assessed on the following criteria:
- Vision and leadership (including personal journey or the motivation behind the idea)
- Concept and approach for addressing the identified social problem
- Profile of Beneficiaries Targeted (i.e. while the idea must adhere to the rural context, the target audience will also be important criteria to evaluate relevance, inclusiveness and futuristic approach in developing last-mile communities)
- Ability to create multi-level partnerships for sustaining the innovation for long term
- Impact and milestones either achieved or planned