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Mahindra's $1m bounty awaits desi innovators

Mahindra's $1m bounty awaits desi innovators

 

MUMBAI: Industrialist Anand Mahindra is throwing a million-dollar challenge to solve two of India's most pervasive and intractable problems—traffic stress and electricity shortages. The chairman of the automobile-to-aerospace Mahindra Group is calling for competitive pitch to develop a driverless car and a do-it-yourself solar power kit from desi innovators.

This is part of Mahindra's first edition of the $1 million 'Rise Prize'—being unveiled on National Science Day later this week—to spur breakthrough Indian innovation which captures the mainstream imagination.

The boss of the $16 billion Mahindra Group hopes the new recognition—at Rs 6.2 crore, it's one of the heftiest awards in terms of prize money—would foster scientific thought that is aspirational and has potential to change everyday Indian life.

ISS Monthly Student Competition

ISS Monthly Student Competition

Did you get inspired by watching movies like E.T, Star wars, Wall-E ? Here is a chance to write your own story?. All you have to do is to come-up with an interesting futuristic story.The students are encouraged to write creative stories that takes into consideration the advances in the space exploration, space technology, astronomy and aviation sector in the year 2100.

Some of the suggested themes around which you can build-up the story are,

  • Various new ventures in space business, e.g., Space tourism
  • New games/sports that could be played in the space
  • Strange discoveries like a floating lake, Aliens
  • Stories about how human beings get settled down on the other planets, e.g., Human colonies on Mars
  • Any wild imagination which takes space exploration into the consideration in the year 2100.

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