About the Program
We want to revolutionise driving on Indian roads. This innovation carries the promise of transforming our lives and addressing a range of challenges: from decreased road mortality rates and driver fatigue, to increased environmental friendliness that makes transportation more inclusive for people of all abilities –the possibilities are endless.
This document contains complete information on the Challenge including quantified deliverables, evaluation criteria, and timelines.
Driverless Car Challenge So Far: A total of 259 teams applied to the Challenge, of which 35 made it to the Approach Note Phase. From these 35 teams, 31 qualified for the Live Presentation Phase. These teams will be presenting before our Jury in the Live Presentations shortly. You can know more about the teams by clicking on the ‘Teams’ tab.
What's in it for you
- $700,000 to build a driverless car that can revolutionize transportation in India.
- Meet with industry experts, potential mentors, and join a growing community of innovation stars in India.
- Get privileged access to events across the country, and take part in webinars, Twitter chats, and Google Hangouts.
- Free access to our Resources section for the latest updates on the innovation landscape in India.
- Applicants for the Challenge must be registered on SparkTheRise.com.
- Individuals, teams, organizations or institutions from India, working on the innovation within the geographical limits of India are eligible to participate in this Challenge.
- Non-Indians, residing in India, associated with an Indian organization or institution can participate provided that the work on the challenge is carried out within the geographical boundaries of India.
- Team sizes can range from 1 to 20 members. A comprehensive list of criteria can be accessed here.
|Date||Stage / Phase|
|24 March 2014 - 19 September 2014||Submission of Applications|
|07 April 2014 - 06 October 2014||Evaluation of Applications and Announcements (Continuous Process)|
|14 April 2014 - 09 January 2015||Approach Note Submission|
|23 February 2015 - 23 February 2015||Announcement of Approach Note Evaluation|
|23 March 2015 - 26 March 2015||Live Presentations|
|26 March 2015 - 16 April 2015||Evaluation of Live Presentations|
|17 April 2015||Announcement of teams selected to move to Stage 1|
|15 April 2016||Working Prototypes (Dates are tentative. Details to be announced Jan 16th 2015)|
|17 October 2016||Full Solution Demonstration (Dates are tentative. Details to be announced later)|
Mahindra has no claims whatsoever on a team’s Intellectual Property (IP).Teams are expected to take all necessary steps to protect their IP and obtain patents. Mahindra will not play any role whatsoever in helping teams obtain patents. EY are the process advisors on the Rise Prize. They oversee the entire process and ensure a safe and fair competition. A comprehensive set of guidelines on IP can be found here.
After submitting your application, you will receive a notification within 15 days if you have been shortlisted for the next stage. Only shortlisted applicants will be required to fill in an Approach Note.
The Approach Note is a more detailed description of your innovation and will help the jury evaluate your participation in further rounds.Download Template
Congratulations to the teams who have made it to the Live Presentation Phase of the Driverless Car Challenge. List of qualified teams below.
We, Team Aeron, are a group of super-charged young engineers - representing our company ‘Aeron Systems Pvt Ltd’. We come from the domain of Inertial Navigation with a background in electronics, signal & image processing and instrumentation.
Looking For : We will be looking for people with expertise or exposure to electro-mechanical systems, with some hands-on exp of mech. CAD, preferably from the automotive domain.Connect
- AGV IIT Kharagpur
We are a young, dynamic and motivated group of students officially representing Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. The team’s performance in national and international events in the past four years are testimony to the passion of the team in making India’s first economically feasible and practically viable driver less car.
Looking For : We look forward for guidance and mentorship from experts in the field to channelize our efforts in the right direction.Connect
Team Auro, representing Auro Robotics Pvt. Ltd. in this competition, is built upon 4 years of research done by its core team on autonomous vehicles and outdoor mobile robots at IIT Kharagpur and CMU Robotics Institute. The company specializes in providing product engineering services and solutions in autonomous vehicles and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) domain.
Looking For : We are looking for software developers with strong background in robotics. More details regarding openings are available on our website at http://aurobots.com/careers. We are also looking for industry partners who would like to co-participate with usConnect
- Autonomous Innovators
Representing IIT Gandhinagar, our team comprises of both experienced faculty members and enthusiastic students hence providing us the perfect opportunity to develop a world class product for Indian scenario. We have a holistic approach towards the challenge thus we are looking to work on innovation & development and apply it for betterment of society
Looking For : We are looking for industrial mentors and software developers who have a prior knowledge in the field.Connect
We are a team consisting of responsible and self-motivated and passionate individuals who are dedicated to producing technology for driverless car suited for Indian scenario of traffic. Gaining experience while working since 2012, when the team started working on the problem statement, winning accolades at state and national levels at various platforms, it is now even more determined and ready to embark on the 'mission'."
Looking For : People with good knowledge in Automotive sub systemsConnect
d-Live stands for “Driver Less Intelligent Vehicle” or in another sense “Driver Live” inside the Car. This is an official team of IIT Delhi comprised of experienced Faulty members, B.Tech, MS (R), M.tech and PhD students.
Looking For : We are looking forward for young passionate minds to work on machine learning, computer vision and control algorithms.Connect
- Design Interest Group
We are an independent team comprising of individuals from IT-Electronics-Healthcare industry.
- HAL 9001
HAL 9001 represents Hicotronics Pvt. Ltd, and is focused on disrupting the current paradigm of automobile transport with our self driving car module. We are two members and a mentor at present with experience in High Performance Computing, telecommunications, and Model based control systems. We represent the DIY spirit of the maker community and would love to have like minded individuals join our team.
- IIT Bombay
We are students of IIT Bombay coming together from different Engineering Streams with a passion to develop a driverless car. Our team is managed and guided under Innovation Cell, IIT Bombay.We have been working in the field of autonomous vehicles for the past three years. The name of our vehicle is SeDriCa.
- Indian Roadies
We are a team comprising of members from SRM University and University of Dayton
Looking For : We need people with a reasonable knowledge in electronics and robotics. Contact us at email@example.com or through the link belowConnect
We are a group of automation enthusiasts, consisting a mix of graduates and post-graduates who bring in expertise from diverse fields.
Looking For : We are looking out for a Woz to help up squeeze those redundant bits out of our code and port it to a hardware accelerator (or any other such crazy stuff)Connect
We are representing Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal. Our team name Manas, the Sanskrit word for Higher Intelligence is the very basis upon which our Ideologies work. We are working on the Artificial Intelligence which can behave according to the Indian roads and traffic conditions. Also by making use of open source software and hardware we are minimizing the technology cost.
Looking For : We are looking for Bright and Smart people who can help us with optimizing the Artificial Intelligence, and can understand the overall challenges involved in implementing this technology.Connect
- NITT - DCT
Team Nomadic is an initiative by passionate engineers from IIT Ropar to realize the science-fiction dream of self-driven autonomous cars on Indian roads.
Looking For : With a strong team of interdisciplinary technical expertise, we are exclusively looking for financial partners to fund our mission.Connect
Our team represents Ominpresent Robot Tech, "The Ultimate Experts in Unmanned Systems". We are ably lead by our team leader Aakash Sinha (MIT TR35 and finalist at Darpa Robotics Grand Challenge), under mentorship of Dr. Raj Reddy from Carenegi Mellon University
Looking For : We are looking for people with an engineering background who are passionate about unmanned systemsConnect
- Pori Sarathi
Our team is a collection of individuals as of now. We are trying to get corporate sponsorship(which is in progress). We had made an Android based remote control car and have also purchased a Reva Car for further implementation. We have tried various image processing algorithm and made a comprehensive design of the complete system.
A PSG initiative driving the future of mobility. We aim to create a comfortable,reliable and cost effective automation system to rediscover the way a consumer interacts with his automobile. The backing from DRDO ensures technical support giving the project a disciplined structure that can support the stage for radical ideas breeding in PSG Tech
Looking For : We are looking for potential investors to support our dreamConnect
- Pushpak Car
The” PUSHPAK CAR” is an endeavour undertaken by the students and Faculties of Lovely Professional University, Punjab. We strive as an ardent team to think, brainstorm and transform technology into future ready Driverless Car. The team is supported by vehement professors and students of LPU who have shown their potential and zeal at Auto EXPO 2014 INDIA through a display of more than 20+ automotive projects covering Driverless Car, Solar Car and Smart Hybrid Car.
Looking For : The Team LPU is welcome from all walks of life through ideas, methods and practices so that the best can be crafted. Interested people can connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the link belowConnect
A group of independent researchers, developers, robotic enthusiasts and programmers looking forward to make a change.
Looking For : Potential investors/entrepreneurs, who are likely to be interested in funding this particular project to an extent.Connect
Rexnamo Electro Pvt. Ltd. manufactures high performance electric vehicles. We strongly strive for reliability, innovative R&D, a smooth supply chain and tight quality control coupled with state-of-the-art manufacturing procedures and facilities. Rexnamo Electro Pvt. Ltd. employs the very best from universities and institutions around the globe with rapidly expanding sales and services network worldwide. Our Website.
We are representing a robotics company named “Asimov Robotics Pvt. Ltd” based out of Cochin. We are currently a team of 10 people and have an experience ranging from 5-20 years and up to 8 years specifically in the field of robotics.
We are a mix of faculty and students from IIIT-Delhi, who together have expertise in vision, robotics, embedded systems, sensing, and communications. While we pursue research in our areas of expertise, we make a conscious effort to put our findings to work in the practical world. Our ultimate goal is to launch autonomous shuttles that provide anytime last mile connectivity in Indian cities.
Looking For : To realize our ideas we need hands-on-experts in materials and mechanics. If you think, you can contribute, please get in touch with us.Connect
- Sweven T Ragern
Our team consist of a group of college students from ANAND INSTITUTE OF HIGHER TECHNOLOGY from multiple disciplines. Each member of our team have participated in various technical events in national level and proved our mettle.
- TechM IES
We represent Integrated Engineering Solutions of Tech Mahindra. The core team members have 22+ years of experience in automotive domain and are leading the automotive group with more than 100 man years of Automotive Electronics projects – covering areas of chassis systems, ADAS, telematics, power electronics and safety systems. We are partnering with University and Academia to help us in domains requiring research and state of art solution.
Looking For : We are looking for people with who can help us in the area of V2V and V2I communication. We are also looking for people who could help us develop/port/improve performance of Driver Assist Algorithms for Indian road constraints.Connect
Technido, meaning a 'technology-nest', is where bright minds from various fields of technology have gathered and pledge to build promising and sustainable technologies for the future. The team for the Rise Prize endeavour, is constituted by those who are enthusiastic and are driven by novelty. Our team not only includes talented engineers but also technicians and helpers for building a composite team for the Rise Prize.
Looking For : We invite programmers with critical thinking and astute problem solving abilities to join our team. We would also love to have senior members in our team who can monitor and mentor our progress.Connect
- The Concept Crew
The concept crew is a consortium of enthusiastic professionals from Tech Mahindra, IIT Delhi, IISc Bangalore and Mahindra-Ecole University along with few start-up leaders, We have joined hands together to make this vision possible to offer best suited autonomous cars on Indian roads
Looking For : We would like to invite experts from Computer Vision and Automobile Fields who has the capability to offer us alternative ways of creating 3D vision of surroundings and effective navigation control.
Team Trigon consists of just 4 people at the moment, although we might add more personnel as we progress, we have at present an MBA, a B.E. Mech., MBA, a B.E and software and tech guy. We think we have come up with a great concept for the Driverless Car challenge, one that will work in the very demanding Indian road scenario, where considerations of frugality price, lack of infrastructure, and heavy and haphazard vehicular conditions have to be overcome. We feel we can succeed.
Trinethra represents a group of automotive engineers & researchers working for the automotive research division of Mahindra.The team name is inspired by the Third eye of Shiva - The eye of Omniscience - The ability to look and know beyond human capabilities - An engineering equivalent capability that an autonomous vehicle must possess to maneuver on its own!
Looking For : We are looking for people with background in image processing/ driver assistance/ drive by wire systemsConnect
Dr. Ryan C.C. Chin
Managing Director & Research Scientist, City Science Initiative, MIT Media Lab
Ryan is Managing Director & Research Scientist, City Science Initiative, MIT Media Lab which is responsible for establishing frameworks for academic-industrial collaboration as well as furthering research in urban systems. In 2006, Esquire Magazine placed him amongst the top 42 innovators under the age of 35. More recently his work received the 2014 Katerva Award (City Car Project). Know More.
Visiting Professor at IIT-Gandhinagar
Prakash is a Visiting Professor at IIT-Gandhinagar and his key areas of interest are embedded wireless networked systems and product design; Real-time software application development for robotics, automotive, industrial automation and natural resources monitoring. Previously he led the Competency Centre for Embedded Systems, Telematics and Plant Automation for Tata Technologies. Know More.
Dr. Karl Iagnemma
Principal research scientist - Mechanical Engineering department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Karl is a principal research scientist in the Mechanical Engineering department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has recently led research programs for agencies including the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, the Army Research Office, DARPA, the NASA Mars Program Office, Ford Motor Company, and the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts, among others. Dr. Iagnemma was chosen as one of 16 people who redefined science in 2003 by SEED magazine. He was a 2005 nominee for a MacArthur Foundation fellowship. Know More.
Professor - Machine Intelligence Unit (MIU), Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
Sushmita is a Professor at the Machine Intelligence Unit (MIU), Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. She was the Head of MIU during the period 2010 to 2012. She has received numerous awards including the National Talent Search Scholarship (1978-1983) from NCERT, India, the University Gold Medal in 1988, the IEEE TNN Outstanding Paper Award in 1994 for her pioneering work in neuro-fuzzy computing, and the CIMPA-INRIA-UNESCO Fellowship in 1996. She is the author of several books including ``Neuro-Fuzzy Pattern Recognition: Methods in Soft Computing" and ``Data Mining: Multimedia, Soft Computing, and Bioinformatics" among others. Know more.
Emeritus Fellow - IIT-Delhi
Mohan is an Emeritus Fellow at the IIT-Delhi and his key areas of interest are Biomechanics and epidemiology: Specifically with an Expertise in human impact tolerance, vehicle crashworthiness and road safety research. He is presently involved in design of safer truck fronts, analysis of highway crashes, analysis of tractor driver vibrations and interaction between safety and environmental policies. Know More.
Professor - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur
Amitabha is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in IIT-Kanpur. He is also associated with the institute’s Centre for Robotics and Mechatronics. His key areas of interest are Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision and Geometric Modeling, and Robotics. He was a recipient of the "Hari Om Sharan Prerit Vikram Sarabhai Award" for 1999 in the area of Electronics, Informatics, Telematics, and Automation. Know More.
Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwalla
Professor of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras
Ashok is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras where he leads the Telecommunications and Computer Networks group and has incubated more than fifty companies in the last twenty years. He chairs IITM Incubation cell, Health Technology Innovation Center, co-chairs Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI) at IIT Madras and is professor in-charge of IITM Research Park. Know More.
Chetan co-founded the REVA Electric Car Company, and is CEO of Mahindra Reva. He currently holds and has filed over 30 global patents in electric vehicle technologies. His vision and pioneering innovations in electric vehicles have been recognized worldwide, including Mahindra Reva being voted as one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the world in 2013. Know More.
Chief Executive — Truck & Power Train Division, and Head - Mahindra Research Valley (MRV)
Rajan is Chief Executive — Truck & Power Train Division, and Head - Mahindra Research Valley (MRV). He has over 28 years of experience in the Automotive and Farm Equipment sectors where he has spearheaded research and development initiatives, technology incubation, sourcing, manufacturing, program management, vendor management, and new parts development. Know More.
Vice President, Group Strategy Office, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited
Mandar has been working in the Group Strategy Office since 2009 as Sector Anchor for Farm Sector, 2 Wheeler Sector, Systech (Auto Component) Sector, Real Estate Sector, Hospitality Sector and Defence Sector of the Mahindra Group. In this role, he supports SBUs in formulation of business strategies, leading key business projects (such as new business evaluation, market entry, profit improvement, cost reduction, process optimization, diversification, acquisitions, etc.) for sectors and corporate management and helping businesses in operationalization of strategies.
Dr. Aravind Bharadwaj
Senior Vice President – Advanced Technology – Auto and Farm Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited
Dr. Aravind S. Bharadwaj is currently heading Technology, TPDS, Auto & Farm Sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. at Chennai. His current interests include Commercial Vehicle Mechatronics and Telematics. He has published several papers in International Journals and Conferences and has a US patent. He is also a certified six sigma black belt and is currently the Chairman of the SIAM Task Force on Automotive Infotronics. Know More
Head of Infotronics Technology and Advance Electronics, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
Sirish is responsible for the Technology Strategy and Development across the Automotive and Farm Sectors. He drives the strategic focus on developing relevant new technologies in advance of vehicle programs which helps in reducing time to market and launch reliable products for M&M. He also leads the Connected Vehicles Program and various innovation topics that cut across the Mahindra Group of Companies. Know More.
- 27 February 2014Mahindra's $1 million bounty awaits desi innovators
Part of Mahindra's first edition of the $1 million 'Rise Prize'— was unveiled on Feb 28th, 2014, National Science Day—to spur breakthrough Indian innovation which captures the mainstream imagination. [Link]
- Rise Prize1. What is the Rise Prize?The Rise Prize is India’s biggest innovation challenge and is awarded to individuals or teams who come up with disruptive innovations or solutions to specific problems/challenges. A new section is being added to the Spark the Rise platform: the Rise Prize. “Challenges”, are problems, which, when solved, could potentially change the way we live, work and play. The aim is to present challenges that range across the spectrum: from transportation and renewable energy to technology, healthcare, and beyond. Individuals or teams that solve these challenges by meeting the set criteria will receive the “Rise Prize”. The two Rise Prize challenges currently on sparktherise.com have a prize money of USD $1 million on offer.2. Why is Mahindra setting up the Rise Prize?Nations develop when technology and innovation combine to add value, create jobs and improve the general standards of living. Today, despite a population of a billion+ and a favorable demographic profile, India lags behind in technology and innovation. Mahindra is confident that if an appropriate ecosystem is developed, India should be able to leap ahead and quickly achieve global standards in developing innovative solutions that solve problems, create opportunities and drive growth. It is this belief that has driven the setting up of Spark the Rise and now, the Rise Prize. The Rise Prize is a logical extension of the Mahindra brand philosophy/purpose of “challenging conventional thinking to drive positive change for all stakeholders”. Through the Rise Prize, Mahindra hopes to catalyze disruptive innovations from India.3. Does the Rise Prize have a logo? What does the logo convey?The Rise Prize logo has the word “PRIZE” presented in a “to the power of” manner against the word RISE. This conveys the exponential power of innovation to drive positive change. It also exhorts an individual to Rise to the challenge, to claim the prize.4. Who can participate in the Rise Prize?Participation is open to all Indian citizens, Indian institutions and organizations with the condition that the work done in solving the challenges is carried out within the geography of India. People can participate in teams or as individuals. Please refer to FAQs 7 to 21 for more details on the eligibility criteria.5. What are the challenges being put up at launch?There are two challenges – 1) The development of a driverless car for Indian conditions and 2) An Affordable – Small sized - DIY (Do it Yourself) Rooftop Solar kit that spurs the growth of solar power in urban and rural India6. What criteria are used to develop the challenges?There are several factors that influence the choice of a particular challenge. They are listed below. a) If solved, the solution to the challenge has the potential to greatly benefit society b) The challenge should be in the area of applied science/technology c) It must be "big", i.e. something that if solved will draw world attention d) It cannot be solved with today's technology or today's technology is impractical (too expensive, for example) e) Solving the challenge must involve an inter-disciplinary approach f) The thinking used to solve the challenge must be usable in other applications
- Eligibility7. Who can participate in the Rise Prize?Participation is open to all Indian citizens, Indian institutions and organizations with the condition that the work done in developing the technology and solving the challenge is carried out within the geography of India. Individuals who are not Indian citizens, but live and study/work in India during the duration of the challenge can also participate – as a part of teams or on their own. Teams can represent any of the three categories defined below. • An Institution (eligible individuals or teams who choose to and are authorised to officially represent the institution) • An Organization (eligible individuals or teams who choose to and are authorised to officially represent the organization) • Private (any individual or team who would like to participate in a private capacity)8. How many members can a team consist of?A team can have a maximum of 20 members. Certificates of participation and/or winning will be restricted to a maximum of 20 individuals, registered as members of the team on the day the winners are announced.9. Is there a prescribed way of structuring a team?All teams will have to nominate a Team Leader and one deputy during registration. All communication from Rise Prize will be to the Team Leader. In the absence of the Team Leader, communication will be sent to the deputy. Apart from this, there is no specification on the composition or structure of the team.10. I am not the Team Leader. Can I still register my team for the Rise Prize?No. The teams have to be registered by the Team Leader only.11. Our team is made up of members from different institutions. Can we participate?Yes, you can. You can participate as a private team.12. Can a team have members who are not Indian citizens?Yes, it can, provided that the non-Indian members are working / studying in India during the duration of the challenge13. I am not an Indian citizen, but I work in India. Can I participate?Any non-Indian residing in India, and associated with an Indian organization or institution, an Indian subsidiary of a foreign company, or Indian campuses of foreign schools or universities can participate provided that the work on the challenge is carried out within the geographical boundaries of India14. Are only Indian institutions or organizations allowed to participate?Participation is open to institutions and organizations that are located within India. This includes Indian subsidiaries of foreign companies, and Indian campuses of foreign schools or universities.15. Can an Institute have more than one team representing it?Yes. An institute or organisation can have more than one team representing it. Teams representing an institution/organization will have to submit an official letter, signed by an authorized signatory and carrying the official seal authorizing them to represent the said institution or organization.16. We are a group of Indians studying in a foreign university abroad. Can we participate?No, you cannot. The challenge is open only to individuals/teams that study/work within India17. I work for an MNC in India. Can I participate with my team?Any individual or a team working in India can participate. You can even represent your company, provided that the work on the challenge is done within the geographical boundaries of India.18. I am working for a Mahindra group company. Can I participate?Yes, you can. However, you will not be allowed to represent “Mahindra”. You can submit your application only as a “Private” entry and you will not be allowed to use any of Mahindra’s facilities/ infrastructure/funds.19. I’m 15 years of age. Can I participate?The Team Leader must be at least 18 years old. There is no age restriction for the rest of the team members.20. Is there an agreement that I have to sign to be able to participate?Yes, there is. When you submit your application, you will be asked to accept the Terms & Conditions (T&Cs) governing the Rise Prize. You will have to indicate your acceptance of the T&Cs before you submit your application. Furthermore, another agreement will be made between M&M Ltd. and the participating team post the “Live Presentation” phase.21. Are there reasons for which I can be denied participation?Mahindra & Mahindra reserves the right to limit, or restrict upon notice, participation in the competition to any person or entity at any time for any reason.
- Team Restructuring22. Can I add a team member after I have submitted the application?Yes, new team members can be added up to the “Live Presentation” phase. In order to do this, the Team Leader must submit a request to email@example.com. The maximum number of team members is 20.23. I have not registered at sparktherise.com. However, my Team Leader has an account. Can s/he still register me as a team member?Yes, the Team Leader can appoint team members at the time of submitting the application form. New members can be added to the team up to the “Live Presentation” phase. In order to do this, the Team Leader must submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Team Leader has quit. How do we change the Team Leader?In order to do this, the outgoing Team Leader must submit a request to email@example.com appointing a new Team Leader.25. Our Team Leader has quit. Can we appoint a member who is not the second in command as Team Leader?Yes, you can provided the member is a part of the team. In order to do this, the outgoing Team Leader must submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. One team member has quit. Can we remove him/her from the list?Yes. A team can remove members at any point. To do this, the Team Leader must submit a request to email@example.com.
- Intellectual Property (IP)27. Who will own the IP for all innovations my team generates?Your team (or the Institute/Organisation you represent) will.28. Can we use innovations generated elsewhere to build our solution?Yes, you may, provided you have the legal rights to do so. However, please note that the jury will give a disproportionate weight to “original innovations” while evaluating submissions!29. Will Mahindra have any claims on our team IP if we win the challenge?No, Mahindra has no claims whatsoever on a team’s IP.30. Will Mahindra help us procure patents for our innovations?Teams are expected to take all necessary steps to protect their IP and obtain patents. Mahindra will not play any role whatsoever in helping teams obtain patents31. Is the Rise Prize process overseen by an independent, external agency?Yes, Ernst & Young (EY) is the process advisor for the Rise Prize. EY will oversee process and the workflow over the duration of the challenge – from start to finish.32. We represent an institution. Will the IP developed belong to us or the institution?The matter of IP and who will own it rests solely on the agreement between the team(s) and the institution. Mahindra will have no say whatsoever in this matter.
- Prize33. Other than the bounty, are there any prizes / incentives?No. There are no incentives or prizes except those explicitly stated. However, there will be workshops, leadership sessions and other value-adding programs. Details of these programs will be shared on spartktherise.com34. Will payments be made in rupees or dollars?All payments in the Rise Prize will be made in Indian Rupees. The dollar denomination of the prize money is applied for communication purpose only35. What exchange rate will be applied?The exchange rate used will be the lower of Rs.61.775/USD, which was the exchange rate on 28 Feb 2014, the day the Rise Prize was announced or the INR/USD exchange rate on the date the winners are announced for this challenge.36. When will the prize money be given?The winners will be announced within 21 working days after the close of the challenge (Stage 2). The prize money will be paid within 15 working days of clearance of all legal formalities37. Will tax be deducted at source when the prize is paid out?Yes. Appropriate Central/State tax laws in force during the processing of payments will be applied and tax will be deducted at source. Please note that all liabilities on tax matters will rest on the winning teams and it is the responsibility of the teams to ensure compliance to all applicable tax laws38. We represent an institution. Will the prize be given to the team or the institution?If the winning team represents an institution, the prize money will be given to the Institution39. We are a private team. Will the payout be made to all members?No. The full & final payment of the prize money, post deduction of tax at source, will be made to the Team Leader in our records the day the prize is announced. Intra-team arrangements for a fair and equitable disbursement of the prize money is a matter for the team to work out – Mahindra will have no say whatsoever in this matter or in the matter of disbursement of the prize money between the team members40. Are there any milestone linked prizes?No. There are no milestone linked prizes.
- Application & Evaluation41. Can I apply for the Rise Prize from any other channel other than sparktherise.com?Applications for the Rise Prize can be made only on www.sparktherise.com.42. It is not possible for some of our team members to attend the Live Presentation round. Is it compulsory for all team members to be present during the presentations?It is expected that all team members be present at the time of presentation. However, in case of special circumstances, the cause of absence should be intimated to M&M in advance. It is compulsory for the Team Leader to be present under all circumstances43. Our team members are not available during the workshop. Is it mandatory to attend the same?Attending workshops or other programs which will be organized periodically is not mandatory and is at the discretion of the team. However, attendance is strongly recommended since all programs are being designed to add value to the participating teams44. Who bears the expenses for these workshops?The workshops will be organized by Mahindra. However, the costs of attending these workshops will have to be borne by the attending teams members – costs include, but are not restricted to, travel expenses, boarding & lodging and miscellaneous expenses.45. The components used by our team are not currently available. Can we get an extension for demonstrations of our prototype/final solution?The prototype/final solution round will be spread through a time period. The teams are expected to finalize their choice of components/technology by that period. No deadline extensions will be provided.46. We need to make a few changes in our prototype / final solution design due to the unavailability of components. Is that allowed?Yes. In case such changes are unavoidable, the teams can make the changes after duly informing Mahindra in writing or by email.47. In case of loss of functionality, is there an alternate option to present our concept?No. The innovation should be in a fully functional capacity at the time of presentations48. Will Mahindra disclose the evaluation parameters for the mentioned phases?M&M is not liable to disclose the evaluation parameters and their weightage. However, the challenge document contains a list of evaluation criteria for the different stages. Teams can base their work plan on the basis of these criteria.
- Communication with Mahindra49. How do I communicate with Mahindra in case I have to?Teams can communicate by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or they can send a written communication to Mahindra by post / courier.50. What is the address to which communication must be sent?All written communication should be addressed to: Rise Prize 1st Floor, Mahindra Towers, Dr.G.M.Bhosale Marg, Worli, Mumbai 400018 Maharashtra, India51. What is the language to be used for all official communication?All official communication is to be made in English only.
- Miscellaneous52. Will Mahindra fund teams?No. Mahindra will not fund any team.53. Will Mahindra help me commercialise my innovation?Mahindra makes no commitments whatsoever to help teams commercialise their innovations54. Can I source funding from abroad?Sourcing funds in compliance to appropriate laws is a matter left to the teams. Mahindra will have no role to play in this matter.55. Will miscellaneous expenses incurred by the team (e.g. travel) be reimbursed by Mahindra?No. Mahindra will not reimburse any expense whatsoever. All expenses towards participating in the challenge will have to be borne by the teams.56. Will I have access to Mahindra facilities as a participant?In certain cases, Mahindra may decide to provide access to its facilities/materials/other infrastructure. This decision is at the sole discretion of Mahindra and should not be treated as a commitment being made. If Mahindra decides to provide access, it will ensure that this does not in any way affect the level-playing field in the challenge – i.e. the decision does not benefit a few teams only, at the expense of other teams57. Is there a restriction on the number of mentors the team can have?No. A team can have as many mentors as it feels it needs to compete successfully.58. Can we build our prototype in a third-party facility?Yes, you can.59. What if I propose a solution even better than what is asked for in the challenge?For the purpose of this challenge, the deliverables and the evaluation criteria specified will be used to judge participating teams. A team will have to meet the defined deliverables only. However, any team’s solution that exceeds performance on the defined deliverables stands a better chance of winning!60. What if no team completes the challenge? Who wins then?The challenge can have a winner only if the defined deliverables are met and a team is judged as having completed the challenge. In the event that no team is able to complete the challenge, the jury has the right to recommend a closure to the challenge. In this case, no prize payouts will be made.61. Will the jury remain the same across stages? Or will they change from stage to stage?While all efforts will be made to ensure that the jury stays constant, Mahindra reserves the right to modify the jury during the course of the challenge.62. Will the finalists or the winners be recruited by Mahindra on successful completion of the challenge?No. Mahindra makes no commitment of any sorts to recruit individuals/teams at any stage whatsoever.