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India Innovation Challenge

Do you want to be a champion for Climate Action?
We are looking for bright ideas to champion ‘Climate Action’ in day-to-day life for positive change.

Applications now closed.

It is well understood now, that climate change and the pandemic are interlinked. However, climate change will not wait for COVID-19 to be vanquished. The climate crisis continues and the risks it presents loom ever larger. So, the need of the hour is to use new advances in Science and Technology to measure and mitigate climate risks. We are looking for bright ideas to come from school students to champion ‘Climate Action’ in day-to-day life for positive change.

By submitting a three-minute video, you could win fantastic prizes and an opportunity to showcase your project to our global student and alumni community.

Your work will be recognised at an online awards ceremony and featured on the University’s website and social media channels.


  • First prize - Apple Mini iPads
  • Second prize - Apple Watch
  • Third prize - Amazon Echo powered by Dolby and Alexa

Prizes and certificates will be presented at an online award ceremony in September.

Who is eligible?

You need to be:

  • between age 16 to 19 and currently in Grade 11 or 12
  • studying and residing in India

How to apply?

  1. Prepare a three-minute video explaining your idea.
  2. Upload your video to YouTube.
  3. Complete the application form.

Note: You may form a team with two to three fellow students and a teacher from your school.


Meet our winners from 2020

Read about how their ideas could shape the world.


  • Applications open: Sunday 1 August 2021
  • Competition submissions close: 11.59pm (IST) on Tuesday 31 August 2021
  • Winner announcement at an online award ceremony: week of 27 September 20201
You need to submit your project information in the format described below:
  • All project information and submissions must be in English.
  • Your project video should clearly explain how your idea will achieve the United Nation Sustainability Development Goal 13 (Climate Action).
To create a video about your project, you should:
  • Make the video engaging and present the message with creativity and originality.
  • Follow the tips on YouTube Help website to upload your video.
  • You must own the copyrights of all pictures, videos, animations, sounds, content and any material used in the creation of your project. Any software used must be licensed.

Each submission will be evaluated against the degree to which the project meets the category and to which the actions were deemed to be innovative, transformative and impactful. The weightage distribution is as follows:

  • Relevance: Addressing Goal 13: Climate Action, its relevance and potential
  • Impact: Impact on neighbourhood, community and society
  • Presentation: Originality and creativity
An expert judging panel will score and comment on the submissions. The panel is composed of a variety of stakeholders engaged in SDG implementation at the University of Sydney.

Nishant Jadhav

Senior Regional Manger (South Asia, Middle East and Africa)
You can also contact:
Kajari Bharadwaj
Senior Recruitment Advisor - Schools Engagement (India)