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Shining a spotlight on India's best minds, The Better India is amplifying Infosys Foundation's initiative to recognise and reward brilliant social innovations in the fields of education, women empowerment, and healthcare.

Aarohan Social Innovation Awards 2023 is a campaign aimed at championing innovations and celebrating the passion and never-ending hard work of true changemakers

About The Awards

Aarohan Social Innovation Awards believes in nurturing innovations and helping them scale up and transform lives. It also encourages and helps individuals, teams, and organisations (NGOs) to develop unique and sustainable solutions for social problems.

Through these awards, Infosys Foundation will commit up to INR 50 lakh per winner, with a total award purse of INR 2 crore.

Step-by-step application process

Watch video to register & fill your nomination for Aarohan Social Innovation Awards

  1. visit https://infy.com/3ZtfgZ9 and click on “submit nomination” button
  2. Register as an individual or an NGO, enter name and brief description
  3. Enter your address and other details
  4. Enter your email ID and Select “Where did you hear about Aarohan Social Innovation Awards?”
  5. Add in additional members of your team if needed.
  6. Enter a username and password
  7. Read and accept the terms and conditions
  8. Click on “Proceed” and you will get a Thank you note for registration
  9. Click on “Proceed with your submission” link
  10. Enter your details for submission
  11. Choose nomination category
  12. Upload your submission video
  13. Upload a document describing your submission
  14. Click on “Save”
  15. Click on “Accept and Submit” and you will get a Thank you uploading message
  16. To review your submission, click on “Review Submission” button
  17. Enter your user id and password
  18. To edit your submission, click on “Edit my Submission” button

FAQs

Who is eligible to enter the Contest?

This contest is open only to legal residents of India. Employees and directors of Infosys Limited and Infosys Foundation (“Sponsor”), the Company hosting the Contest Platform (“Administrator”) and each of their respective parent entities, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, owners, officers, directors, partners, agents, representatives, employees and contractors, advertising, promotion agencies, web masters and web suppliers (collectively “Released Parties”) and their respective dependents, immediate family members (parent, child, sibling and spouse) and individuals residing in their same household, are not eligible to enter or win a prize. Immediate family members of any of the judges are also not eligible to enter or win a prize. Void where prohibited by law.

All the winners across various categories from the previous season of Aarohan Social Innovation Awards are not eligible to apply for the upcoming three years. However, they can apply from the fourth year with an entirely new innovation/prototype. Individuals whose prototypes were shortlisted last year but did not make it to the final selection can apply, only if they have a proof of making some significant enhancements to their prototypes. Individuals who submitted their entries last year but were not shortlisted can re-apply this year again.

When does the contest begin and end?

The Contest begins on 10th January, 2023 from 08:00AM (IST) onwards and ends on 12th March, 2023 at 11.59PM (IST).

Can I make changes to an Entry I’ve submitted?

You can make changes to the entries till 12th March, 2023, 11.59 PM, after which no submissions will be allowed.

Can I submit an Entry submitted to a previous contest?

Yes

All the winners across various categories from the previous season of Aarohan Social Innovation Awards are not eligible to apply for the upcoming three years. However, they can apply from the fourth year with an entirely new innovation/prototype. Individuals whose prototypes were shortlisted last year but did not make it to the final selection can apply, only if they have a proof of making some significant enhancements to their prototypes. Individuals who submitted their entries last year but were not shortlisted can re-apply this year again.

Can I enter as part of team?

You may enter as an individual, a team or an NGO (registered and operational in India only). If entering as a team or NGO, you must select one (1) representative to serve as the team’s representative and point of contact (“Team Representative”).

What elements make up an Entry?

A Video (90 - 120 seconds) and a supporting word document describing your project needs to be uploaded. You will also have to add a title and short description for your prototype. (to be filled while uploading the video and word document) The accompanying document has to be in doc, docx or pdf format with a maximum file size of 30 MB

Please note: The project must be a fully functioning prototype, and not just a concept, idea or mock up. However, the project cannot be for sale commercially. In addition, all entries must meet the Entry requirements/conditions, (see Question 12).

What are the requirements/conditions of Entry?

Please refer to the Contest Terms and Conditions for this segment.

Why won't my Video upload?

Make sure your Video is in one of the following formats: WMV, or MP4, is 120MB or less and that your internet connection is reliable.

Can my Video include people?

For individual entrants, the Video should not include individuals other than you. This includes any models used to demonstrate your project, as well as people featured in still photos used in the Video or background of Video shoot. For team entries, the Video should not include individuals other than team members. For NGOs, the Video should not include individuals other than the “representative” and the members of the NGO.

Can my Video include text/words?

Yes.

What does it mean that an Entry may not include any third-party intellectual property?

This means that the Video should not contain elements that are owned by other people. This would include things like music, clips or sound files from TV shows or movies, or pictures taken by photographers other than yourself/your team. If you plan to use music or images in your Video, please be very careful to ensure that the music or images are coming from a legitimate source, which you have the right to use. Just because something can be found online for free does not necessarily mean that it is in the public domain. When in doubt, we recommend that you not use any music, pictures, or similar media that you are not absolutely certain you have the right to use. However, you are free to use commercially available tools, equipment, or technology in your video. In general, we are looking for original entries. This means that no person or business can have a right to challenge your Entry (including any part of the Video) because they are the original owners of a logo, symbol, design, image, persona, music, etc., or any combination of these elements. Your Entry should not include company or product names or brands, cartoon or animated characters, characters from movies, Videos, TV shows, commercials, famous people/celebrities (dead or alive), buildings, landmarks, statutes, works of art, music, etc.

Am I granting any Rights to the Sponsor by submitting an Entry?

By submitting an Entry, the Entrant irrevocably grants the Sponsor the unconditional and perpetual right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, exhibit, edit and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used) the Entrant's Video, including, but not limited to, the recording contained therein (in each case, as submitted or as edited/modified in any way by the Sponsor in its sole discretion), as well as to use Entrant's and each team member’s name, and/or statements regarding his/her participation in this Contest (with or without using the Entrant's name) in any and all media without limitation as to time or territory, and without additional compensation or approval from the Entrant or any other party. The Entrant and each team member waives intellectual property rights, privacy/publicity rights and other legal or moral rights that might preclude the Sponsor’s use of the Video, and agrees not to sue or assert any claim against the Sponsor for the use of the Video or Entrant's Likeness or statements.

What are common ways people have been disqualified from contest?

In case your video doesn’t meet the Contest Requirements, your nomination will be disqualified.

When are the finalists determined?

A qualified panel of judges will judge all eligible entries based on the judging criteria and the highest scoring entries will undergo a product audit. Top 30 entries qualifying the product audit will then advance to the Final Round. The Finalists (Entrant Team Representative, NGO) will be notified via email.

Aarohan Social Innovation Awards undergoes a detailed process audit.

How will the winners be determined?

Top 30 entries selected after the product audit will be asked to present their prototypes to the jury on the day of the final event. Top entries selected by the Jury will then be declared the potential Grand Prize winners. In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken based upon the highest score for application to a social problem or need and continuing thereafter in each criteria as listed until the tie is broken. The Sponsor’s decisions on all matters pertaining to judging, administering and/or interpreting the terms and conditions of this Contest are final.

How many prizes will be awarded and what are the prizes?

The Infosys Foundation will commit up to INR 50 lakh per winner, with a total prize purse of INR 2 crore. Please be aware that the Team Representative will be responsible for both (1) all taxes, if any, owed on the prize amount and (2) distributing the winnings to other team members in whatever manner has been agreed by those team members. We strongly recommend that team members agree among themselves about the manner of distributing the prize amount prior to submitting an Entry. The Sponsor will not intervene in disputes between team members in the unlikely event they should arise, and the Sponsor expressly disclaims the responsibility for ensuring fair distribution of prize amounts among team members. For NGOs, the “Representative” will be responsible for all taxes, if any, owed on the prize amount and for disbursing the prize money among members of the same NGO, if required.

Will the winner’s name and project be made public?

Entries and names of the winners (first name, last name, initials, city and state) will be posted on the official website, press release and other social media collaterals, after all winners have been determined and verified.

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