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India Innovation Challenge

Become India’s sustainability champions
Participate in the India Innovation Challenge 2022 "Today for Tomorrow-My Sustainable School".

We believe that students today can shape the world of tomorrow by driving innovative solutions to the challenges that we face. It is imperative to transform young learners into responsible citizens with sustainable, eco–friendly lifestyles and schools remain the hub for bringing in change and larger impact in society. Not just creating or installing infrastructures that promote the use, reuse and recycling of energies, students need to be empowered to ideate, suggest improvements and assess the impact of their intervention too. Like to calculate how much water was saved after installing rainwater harvesting structures in school? Or how much electricity was saved after equipping the building through solar panels? That’s where the ‘WHY’ is answered. 

This competition offers students from India, a chance to showcase their innovative ideas and critical thinking skills to champion sustainability integration into day-to-day life in the school environment.

By submitting a 4-5minute video, our future leaders stand to win fantastic prizes and an opportunity to showcase their innovative sustainability projects to our global student and alumni community.

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

Prizes for the 3 finalists

Winners and finalists will receive attractive prizes*.

Prizes and certificates will be shared in October 2022.

  • 1st prize – an Apple iPad for students and an Apple smartwatch for mentor teacher 
  • 2nd Prize – a Lenovo yoga tab for all winning team members and mentor teacher
  • 3rd Prize – a Samsung galaxy smartwatch for all winning team members and mentor teacher

Who is eligible?

You need to be:

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

How to apply?

  1. Attend one of the online competition information sessions.
  2. Prepare a 4-5minute video that showcases your creative, innovative and executable sustainability solution as per the rules and guidelines.
  3. Upload your video to YouTube.
  4. Complete the application form with your details and video link.

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

Meet our winners from 2021

Project Urvara – Greening Mother Earth

2021 winner – Adhi Daiv of The Shri Ram School Moulsari, Gurugram

This project was seeded in the year 2020, in ‘Dhaulpur’ district of Rajasthan, India. Within one year, the land coverage area increased to 12 acres of land in three villages ‘Seekar’ district of Rajasthan, impacting the lives of 20,000 people. Undertaken to reverse the ecological impact of Global warming, this project mobilised the local community members comprising of men, women, children and civic bodies, towards creating a reality of Green Deserts!


Mini Reshika.J and Andrea Bettina.A of Alpha Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai

Humanity faces many threats, but none is greater than climate change. Climate change is caused by several factors but in this video, we have considered air-conditioners as one of the important factors that release CFCs thereby affecting the climate. That's why we've proposed the Homi Cool which is applicable only for houses as the water is supplied continuously by recycling the wastewater. Our Innovation is to switch the typical air-conditioner's refrigerant with an eco-friendly refrigerant such as water without experiencing a shortage of water during summer.

Burning forests and futures: subduing the crisis

Ananya Chatterjee, Syeda Shua  Zaidi, Tvisha Talwar of Bluebells School International, New Delhi

Combating the deadly impact of climate change and forcing us to stop and take note of their innovative idea on an Air-conditioner, that gives cool air with help of ice and the very smart idea of Smart Green cities which aim to reverse the carbon footprint of modern cities and purify the air.


  • Registration open for information session 1: 25 July 2022
  • Information Session #1: 7 August 2022 at 10.30am
  • Information session #2: 20 August 2022 at 10.30am 
  • Last date for competition submission: 11.59pm on Monday 5 September 2022
  • Winner announcement at an online award ceremony: 14 and 15 October 2022


Participation is open to students pursuing Grade 11 or 12 at an English medium school in India (any board).


Participants should submit their entries directly through the University's website.

The last date for submission is 5 Septembe 2022.

You need to submit your project information in the format described below:
  • All project information and submissions must be in English.
  • Format: upload your video to YouTube and submit the link via the application form by the stipulated deadline.
  • Your video needs to have the following information:
    - Topic: Name of the project with the two chosen areas
    - School name, city and brand (if any)
    - Name of each team member along with grades
  • Email ID and contact number of each team member

To create a video, you should:

  • Make the video engaging and present the message with creativity and originality.
  • Follow the tips on the 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.
  • Don't forget to attend one of the competition information sessions for further information.

No, participation in the competition is free of charge.

No, each participating team can enter only one project entry.

Yes, students may take the help of a teacher. In such case, the teacher’s details have to be mentioned in the application form.

  • Incomplete submissions
  • Late submissions
  • Lack of ownership of creative rights or infringement of copyrights of others
  • Not compliant to the rules of the contest guidelines.

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 the chosen areas of impact, relevance and potential
  • Content: Quality and comprehensiveness
  • Innovation: Originality and newness of the idea
  • Impact: Impact on community and society
An expert judging panel will score and comment on the submissions. The panel is composed of a variety of academic stakeholders engaged in sustainability strategy implementation at the University of Sydney.

The submissions will be reviewed by the judging panel from 1 to 30 September 2022.

Results will be conveyed in the week of 10 to 15 October 2022.

All finalists will be notified via email by the University of Sydney and contacted directly to plan their participation at the Online Award Ceremony.

Anjalii Agarwal

Senior Recruitment Advisor, School Engagement (India)
You can also contact:
Nishant Jadhav
Senior Regional Manager (South Asia, Middle East and Africa)
Phone: +61 2 9114 1120