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About the Program

India has an unparalleled opportunity to lead the global energy revolution through solar power. The next step to drive this revolution is making rooftop solar adaptation a reality; through an Affordable Small-Sized DIY Rooftop Solar Kit that carries the promise of making energy available and affordable to all. From providing energy access to rural India and making solar power a large-scale reality in urban India, to disrupting the way India powers itself -- the sky is the limit.


This document contains complete information on the Challenge including quantified deliverables, evaluation criteria, and timelines.

 

Solar Challenge So Far: The application phase of the Solar Challenge is now complete. Out of the 411 teams that have applied, 118 have made it through to the Approach Note Phase. Of the 118 qualified teams, 10 represent an Educational Institution, 20 represent an organization and 88 are independent. You can know more about the teams by clicking on the ‘Teams’ tab.

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What's in it for you

  1. $300,000 to develop an Affordable Small-Sized DIY Rooftop Solar Kit for household energy needs.
  2. Meet with industry experts, potential mentors, and join a growing community of innovation stars in India.
  3. Get privileged access to events across the country, and take part in webinars, Twitter chats, and Google Hangouts.
  4. Free access to our Resources section for the latest updates on the innovation landscape in India.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants for the Challenge must be registered on SparkTheRise.com.
  2. Individuals, teams, organizations or institutions from India, working on the proposed solution within the geographical limits of India are eligible to participate in this Challenge.
  3. 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.
  4. Team sizes can range from 1 to 20 members. A comprehensive list of criteria can be accessed here.

Calendar

DateStage / 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
02 June 2014 - 16 February 2015 Approach Note Evaluation and Announcements (Continuous Process)
16 January 2015 - 20 March 2015 Live Presentations
13 February 2015 - 16 April 2015 Evaluation of Live Presentations
17 April 2015 Announcement
16 September 2015 Working Prototypes (Dates are tentative. Details to be announced by Jan 16, 2015)
16 March 2016 Full Solution Demonstration (Dates are tentative. Details to be announced later)

Intellectual Property

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.

Approach Note

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.

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Teams

Hi Teams! Congratulations to those who have made it to the Approach Note Phase. To help you connect better, we have created profiles for each team below. This will be updated as and when we get details from you. We hope you can use this platform to connect with each other. Also, if you are still looking to be a part of Rise Prize, you can connect with the teams you want to be a part of. The first step to make India the global innovation hub starts right here. Together we can make World Class From India a reality.

  • A-D
  • E-H
  • I-L
  • M-P
  • Q-T
  • U-X
  • Y-Z
  • Inveneering

    Mumbai

    Looking For : Anybody who spent their vacation in a garage working on something cool, anybody who craves for the feeling that comes after creating something cool, anybody who likes the smell of a melted solder wire; feel free to connect with us.

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  • AcSIR-Renewable Energy

    Chennai

    Looking For : We would be happy to take in electronics experts in our team

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  • ADnENERGY

    Mumbai

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  • Areopagus

    Tuticorin

    Looking For : We can take people in our team, if they have good skills in the area that we are working on. Also, they should be innovative, hardworking and good team players

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  • Aura
  • Avant - Garde Falcons

    MUZAFFARNAGAR

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  • Banglore Gold
  • Bayyarapu

    Hyderabad

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  • Ck@universe

    Haldwani, Uttarakhand

    Looking For : Join us and explore the way to new technology. You can also join us on Ck@universe. Be ready to explore technology at your door.

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  • Crackminds

    Karnal, Haryana

  • Current Eddys

    Chennai

    Looking For : Would love to brainstorm with physicists actively researching solar photonics. Would also love to have people embedded in the industry who can get us access to sample material to test out our theories.

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  • DAKSHA

    Gurgaon

    Looking For : Looking for people who can help the team financially in terms of developing the product

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  • DC-SAPS(Team Azimuth)

    Bangalore

    Looking For : We are looking for talent in mechanical engineering especially PV structures

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  • Dinesh Kumar

    Bangalore

    Looking For : Looking for a person with very strong background of control loop design for digital power converters

  • Drakshatra

    Gujarat

    Looking For : Welcome assistance in viability of the manufacturing of the product at industrial level and assistance in refining the design considerations of the products.

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  • Eco Energy Design

    New Delhi

  • Ecovation
  • Energy STAR

    Chennai

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  • Eriprisz
  • Followsolar

    Bangalore

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  • Fracktal Energy
  • Future Changers
  • Future Solar
  • GARBAGE BRAIN

  • GREEN INDIA

    AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT

    Looking For : We would inform/post it on our facebook page when we need any member, so keep visiting our facebook page

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  • GREEN INTELLIGENTS
  • Greenchip

    Chennai

    Looking For : WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN INVESTING PARTNER

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  • HARISON
  • HARVESTING SOLAR
  • Helios

    Bangalore

    Looking For : Industrial assistance in fabrication at system level.

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  • Helios (Team Lead- Kishor)
  • Heliox

    Ahmedabad

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  • Hercules

    New Delhi

  • Holosol

    Hyderabad

    Looking For : Learning is fun. Designing is double-fun. This is what we believe at HoloSol. If you feel the same, let us learn and design the world's best holographic appliance, for this great country!

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  • iDitya
  • IIT ROPAR

    Ropar

    Looking For : Looking for people in the following fields: a.) Design and b.) Solar power and Solar Materials

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  • IndiSol Panel
  • Inno Sparks
  • INSPIRE

    INDORE

    Looking For : We need people who are currently working in this domain or have experience of executing Solar projects in past. Also, we are interested in those people who have practical knowledge of microcontroller & automation part of system

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  • INVNSUN

    DADRI

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  • IX Spark
  • Jacob Thomas
  • JK Solar
  • JUGAAD INNOVATUSs

    Pilani

    Looking For : Looking for people who can help in getting funds for the prototype design

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  • Kaizen
  • KKP

    Chennai

    Looking For : May look for Electronics specialists and explore experts in the domain of physics

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  • KrishiTech
  • Light Warriors

    Mumbai

    Looking For : Looking for people who have a background in marketing and micro electronics so that we can pitch ideas to our potential sponsors more effectively and micro electronics based in order to decrease our cost of production through nano technology and micro cir

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  • MacroWatt
  • Madhurai Memories
  • Mahu - Grover
  • Martinians

    Hyderabad

    Looking For : Our team consists of technologists, but to make it as the best product, valuable contributions are required from the users in respect of utility factors.

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  • Matadors

    Pune

    Looking For : We are interested to collaborate with people having similar attitude, some kind of practical experience in electronics, design(catia-ansys), potential investors, technology enthusiasts, and college students who are working on projects involving similar te

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  • Min Poriyaalargal

    Chennai

  • MITCOE Ceyone- The Rising Sun

    Pune

    Looking For : We believe that new additions to the team would be a welcome surplus.

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  • MRL Group
  • Multi Dimensional Solar Technology
  • NCL-KPIT
  • Neetra
  • Next Gen Thinkers

    Bhubaneswar

    Looking For : We are looking for a mentor, who already has a bit of hands on experience in the field of DIY solar kits and start-ups will be a great help. He can guide us to go in the right direction, which will save us a lot of time and energy.

  • Phoenix

    Ahmedabad, Gujarat

    Looking For : We are looking for an Electrical Engineer or a Professor, who may guide us in our endeavour

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  • PHOTON (CONVERGENCE)

    Raigarh

    Looking For : Any company, suitable profile or an individual who can sponsor

  • POWER

    Delhi

    Looking For : Interested individuals can contact us

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  • Power the World

    Haryana

    Looking For : We, as a team, endow trust in our own selves. And, anyone who is genuinely interested, and wants to join the team, and share his/her experience and provide a helping hand is most welcome, and would be treated with due respect, and his/her ideas are bound

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  • Powerup
  • Pure
  • RADIATION
  • Rancho

    Lucknow

    Looking For : Looking for technical assistance in the electronics department of the project

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  • Ravi

    Hyderabad

  • RISING ACHEIVERS
  • Sais

    Raigad, Maharashtra

    Looking For : Looking for people from Electrical Engineering background who can help us in electrical related issues in this project

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  • SATV

    LUCKNOW

  • Saur Pravartan
  • SCISPL

    Gurgaon

  • Smart Home

    Farakka

    Looking For : Looking for anyone who can help with: a) The material technology of different solar panel materials used and modification; b) With computation skills in CFD

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  • SNIPERS

    PUNE

    Looking For : We are looking forward to get help from researchers who have a good knowledge of tracking systems and sensors.

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  • Solair Conditioner
  • Solar Actuators
  • Solar BITS
  • SOLAR CUP

    Mumbai

    Looking For : Looking for people in the following domains: 1.) Mechanical - For light weight fabrication using different materials and to design gears, bearing etc. 2.)Electrical - For motors, valves, batteries, inverters etc 3.) Electronics & Computer- For sensors, el

  • SOLAR RISE

    Tiruchirappalli

    Looking For : We are looking for interested people with a background in - I.Thermal analysis and heat & mass transfer, II.People with knowledge in design and manufacturing of plastic parts, III.People with knowledge about reflective coating material.

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  • Solarforge
  • Solarise
  • SOLMECHGEN2

    Pune

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  • SOTERIA

    Kochi

    Looking For : Looking for people who are experts in the field of structural engineering and those who are conversant with ANSYS and CAD

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  • SOURYA

    Hyderabad

    Looking For : Looking for people who can assist us in designing Stirling engine and paraboloid dish

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  • Sun

    Vizianagaram

  • Sunflower

    Ropar

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  • SUNKEN

    Jaipur

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  • Sunrise Team (Sailajarani)
  • Sunshine

    Mumbai

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  • Surya

    Delhi

  • SURYA

    Mumbai

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  • SURYAKIRAN (Team Leader: Prashant)

    Bareilly

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  • SuryaSparsham

    Mangalore

    Looking For : Anybody who wishes to contribute to the society by their knowledge can join hands with us

  • Suryasya
  • SURYAURJA_IITR
  • Team Blazers
  • Team Illuminati
  • Team Impact
  • Team Ravi Solar

    Bangalore

    Looking For : We are looking for people with experience in materials engineering and structural engineering help us in our project

  • Team SILICO

    Mumbai

    Looking For : Looking for experts in the field of designing compact structures

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  • Team Victorious
  • TeamRecolon

    Ranchi

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  • TECHMINIONS

    Mangalore

    Looking For : Team Techminions would extend a warm welcome to individuals who have any of the following capabilities: a. Electrical, Instrumentation, Electronics engineering – Circuit analysis capabilities, b. Software - App building capabilities, c. Innovative mecha

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  • Technobug
  • TechParvan

    Mumbai

    Looking For : Looking for experienced individual in plastic/polymer material

  • TechSolar KGP
  • TEJAS

    Bhubaneswar

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  • The Solar Tycoon

    Lucknow

    Looking For : Looking for people who can help with Digital Advertising via email, Facebook, Twitter and various other platforms

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  • THE THINK TANK
  • Third Eye
  • Thrifty Innovators

    Nashik

    Looking For : Like minded people are always Invited

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  • Vashisht Khanna
  • Vivasvat

    Nashik

    Looking For : We need the help of people who have expertise in Metallurgy, specifically light and durable alloys. We also need people with background in Nanotechnology, as Nanotechnology will be an integral part of our design.

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  • Vog gr(INDINOVATORS)

    Mumbai

    Looking For : WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE FROM CHEMICAL AND MECHANICAL BACKGROUND.

  • Whizcubs

    Bhubaneshwar

    Looking For : Our team lacks people with mechanical engineering background. So anyone with experience of working in a large mechanical setups, please communicate with us

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  • Xolar

    PUNE

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    Jury Team

    • Chetan Singh Solanki

      Chetan is currently Associate Professor in Department of Energy Science and Engineering at (IIT-Bombay. His research areas of interest are Si-nanostructures for PV applications, thin film Si solar cell, concentrated PV systems, carbon nanotubes among others. He is recipient of EMRS (European Material Research Society) young scientist award and also owns three US patents for his work on porous silicon for solar cell applications. He is the author of a book titled ”Renewable Energy Technology- A Practical Guides for Beginners”. Know More.

    • VS Ravishankar

      Ravishankar is heads the Universal Design Lab at the NID Bangalore. He has spent over 18 years in domains such as IT Mobile Technology Voice Interfaces, Product Design, Retail Design and Visual Merchandising, Design and Training in the indigenous craft sector to name a few and also consulted for Indian and multinational corporations. He was awarded the NID-Business World Design Excellence Award in 2006 and is a co-author of in the formulation of the Universal Design India Principles. Know More.

    • Basant Jain

      Basant is CEO of Mahindra EPC, a dominant player in India’s fast-growing renewable energy sector. His career spans over 15 years, with cross-functional experience in Business Development and Management, Financial Planning, Financial Control, Project development, Contracts and Procurement, Merger and Acquisition, Risk Management, MIS, and Budgeting. Know More.

    • Dr. Bharath Reddy

      Dr. Bharath Reddy is currently working as Senior Manager at Solar Energy Corporation of India, New Delhi. He has around 15 years of experience in the areas of solar photovoltaic research. Dr. Reddy is a doctorate in Physics from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, for his work in materials for thin film solar cells. Dr. Reddy continued his research work at IIT Chennai, National University of Singapore, on next generation solar cells. Later he worked at Moser Baer India limited, Grater Noida and Sujana Energy Limited, Hyderabad in the areas R&D and Product development of solar PV systems and LED luminaires. Know More.

    • Dr. Satyendra Kumar

      Dr Satyendra Kumar, a highly respected technologist with broad management and leadership bandwidth, has over twenty five years of experience in research, development and deployment of solar PV technologies. He has more than 200 publications in International Journals and Conferences. Know More.

    • Arun Kumar

      Arun Kumar is presently Managing Director of India region operations of SunPower Corporation USA. In this role, he is responsible for all commercial and business development activities in India and adjoining countries besides managing P&L responsibility of LCM Business Unit (off-grid) in Asia Pacific and South Africa region.

       

      He has joined SunPower team in 2011, following the strategic investment made by Total to acquire 66% stake in the company.

       

      Arun Kumar has more than 25 years of experience, of which 13 years at Total, in development of large and complex projects, comprising large gas terminal projects, power projects and solar projects in an international environment cumulating more than USD 1.4 billion by the Group. Know More.

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    • Anil Sinha

      With over 20 years of experience, Anil Sinha believes that design is about ‘connecting with, relating to, and understanding users’. He has chaired the Integrated Design Services (IDS) and Industry Programmes and Projects (IP&P) for many years and has been a member of NID’s Governing Council. Anil is also a member of the Policy and Planning Committee at NID.From designing coins for the Government of India Mint to mementoes for the Rajya Sabha, from trophies for the Defense and Research Development Laboratory, Hyderabad to a traffic island and a toll plaza, Anil has undertaken several design projects of varying challenges. Know More.

       

    • Debajit Palit

      Mr Debajit Palit is currently working as Associate Director, Social Transformation Division at TERI and has more than 16 years of experience working in the field of clean energy access, rural electrification policy and regulation, distributed generation, solar photovoltaic and biomass gasification.

      He has vast national and international experience, working in projects for UN organisations, Bilateral organisations, The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and national governments, spread across India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia,  Myanmar, Nepal, and Philippines in Asia and Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Uganda in Africa.

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    • 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]

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