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MeitY launches Planetarium Innovation Challenge for Indian start-ups and tech entrepreneurs

Registration open till October 10, 2021, and the first and second winners to get cash prizes of INR 5 Lakh and INR 3 lakh respectively

MeitY launches Planetarium Innovation Challenge for Indian start-ups and tech entrepreneurs
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MyGov India, under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), on Friday, September 17, 2021, launched the Planetarium Innovation Challenge for Indian start-ups and tech entrepreneurs last week.The challenge aims to bring together the tech firms and Start-ups (based out of India) with the potential to build an indigenous planetariums system software using latest technologies including Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Merged Reality (MR).

Inspired by the Chandrayaan launches, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), in 2019, conducted the ISRO Quiz competition in collaboration with MyGov where several schools, parents and enthusiastic mentors made it memorable through their active participation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accompanied by the quiz winners from across the country to watch Chandrayaan 2 lunar landing live from the ISRO control room.

‘We will succeed, no one can stop India,' said PM to ISRO scientists, inspiring space enthusiasts all across the nation. The Planetarium Innovation Challenge was launched by with an aim to look forward to a repeat of the ISRO Quiz and the registrations for the same are open till October 10, 2021 . 

The challenge invites applications from start-ups and tech entrepreneurs to develop state-of-the-art technology for our Planetariums. There is an opportunity for planetariums in India to deploy new technologies - AR, VR and MR, especially for smaller cities and rural areas, all promoting the Made in India initiative. Officials state that the challenge aligns with the objective of the nation’s progressive digital transformation under the larger umbrella of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

The Innovation Challenge is open to experts from all domains of Planetarium Technology here. The applicants may include Start-ups, Indian Legal Entities and individuals or teams) are welcome to submit ideas.

The application will be evaluated on different parameters including Approach towards problem-solving, Product Idea, Degree of Innovation, Novelty of Approach. The participants will be evaluated by a Grand Jury based on parameters including innovation, replicability, scalability, usability, and ease of deployment/roll-out and potential risks involved in implementation of the solution.

The first winner, second winner and third winner under the contest will get the cash prizes of INR 5 lakh, INR 3 lakh and INR 2 lakh respectively. In addition to that the winners and participants will get the opportunity to meet peers in the field and get to know the latest advancement in the ecosystem. A high viewership platform will provide them the opportunity to showcase/ promote their innovation to leaders from organizations across Indian industry sectors.

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