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India Innovation Challenge

Do you have an innovative idea that could shape the world of tomorrow?
The University of Sydney and The International Baccalaureate Organisation are looking for bright ideas that integrate Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) into our day-to-day life for a positive change.

Applications now closed.

By submitting a two-minute video and a project plan, you could win a cash prize up to Rs 1.25 lakhs and an opportunity to showcase your project to our global student and alumni community.

Competition prizes - Rs. 3,00,000

  • 1st Prize – Rs 1.25 lakhs
  • 2nd Prize – Rs 1 lakh
  • 3rd Prize – Rs 75 thousand

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

Note: prize amount mentioned above is inclusive of taxes.

Am I eligible?

You need to be:

  • between age 16 to 19
  • residing in India
  • currently enrolled in the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP)

How to apply?

  1. Prepare a two-minute video explaining your idea.
  2. Upload your video to YouTube
  3. Complete the application form.
  4. Email your application form to Please include 'India Innovation Challenge - project entry' in your email subject line. Submissions close on Monday 31 August 2020.

Note: You can use a project that is developed as part of your IBDP coursework.


  • Applications open: Saturday 1 August 2020
  • Competition submissions close: 11.59pm on Monday 31 August 2020 (AEST)
  • Winner announced: Week of 5 October 2020
  • Online award ceremony: Late October/early November 2020
You are welcome to invite a teacher to act as your project mentor.
You need to submit your project information in the format described below:
  • All project information and submissions must be in English.
  • You should typewrite in Arial 11pt font.
  • Your project should clearly explain how your idea will achieve the chosen United Nation Sustainability Development Goal, a strong case for the idea, and the solution that has been developed.
To create a video about your project, you should:
  • Follow the tips on YouTube Help website to upload your video.
  • Make the video engaging and present the message with creativity and originality.

You must own the copyright of all pictures, videos, animations, sounds, contents etc. related to the production of your project. Any software used must be licensed.

Please note, incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

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:

  • Content: Quality, comprehensiveness and persuasiveness= 25% 
  • Innovation: Originality and creativity of the idea = 25% 
  • Potential Impact for Good: Impact on community and society = 25% 
  • Strength of Goal Alignment: Addressing one of the United Nation SDGs, relevance and potential = 25% 
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. The submissions will be reviewed by the judging panel between 1-30 September 2020. The top three entries wiil be selected for the final awards.