Rajasthan Government’s Department of Information Technology and Communication has started inviting entries for the Challenge for Change Contest. It is a platform that is aimed at giving an opportunity to the talented innovators to partner with the government and work on relevant projects. The last date to apply is June 22, 2018.
The program aligns with the vision of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to encourage home-grown talent in coming forward and play a crucial role in the IT advancement of the state. The platform was launched in August 2017 and as of now, more than 1,33,000 people have registered on it.
The participating startups will get to bid for a government contract without adhering to the standard tendering process. Besides, various terms like the age of the company and minimum turnover have also been waived off. The winner of the contest will be awarded direct work orders worth INR 1 Crore from Rajasthan government.
The ideas and entries will be evaluated by a panel comprising industry veterans, subject matter experts from sectors pertaining to challenge areas, and leaders from key govt departments. The ideas will be shortlisted on the basis of two parameters, namely reliability, and ease of execution.
After the ideas get shortlisted, the candidates will be called for an in-person interview in Jaipur. If selected, there will be a final round in which the team or individual would pitch to an expert panel which will judge their overall performance, marketability of the idea, and the potential to bring change.