Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has launched its innovation contest ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ on the 5th death anniversary of former President and noted scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. On Monday Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced DRDO’s ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ contest, a scheme to promote the Indian innovators and startups for innovations in defence and aerospace technologies.

‘Innovative solutions and ideas are invited’ 

The Dare to dream 2.0 scheme aims to promote innovators and startup culture in the country. The winners will be picked following due evaluation by an expert committee.  Award money, up to Rs.10 lakh for startup and Rs five lakh in the individual category, will be given to the winners. Defence Minister Rajnath has also lauded the initiative and expressed his happiness to announce the contest for the ‘Ignited Minds’.

Innovative solutions and ideas are invited to the challenges in defence and aerospace fields. The Winners will receive award money up to 10 lakhs for startups and up to 5 lakhs for individuals,” tweeted the Office of Defence Minister of India.

To participate in the contest individuals should be citizens of India who are above 18 years of age. Start-ups controlled by Indians and recognized by DIPP can participate. Participants will need to give an executive summary of their innovation, and how it would impact the future of the scientific sphere in context.

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Participants will be required to provide a set of information such as what their innovation, provide information in detail how they plan to transform their idea into a product of utility, the resources on hand, the resources required, the timeframes, the constraints foreseen and any other additional requirements. More details about the challenge will be announced on the DRDO website. This initiative amid coronavirus pandemic, when many have lost their job will provide the needed push.

The DRDO since the first leg of the lockdown has been very monumental in aiding the war against coronavirus. It is these testing times had come forward to help combat the pandemic. The defence organisation in the past three months has developed several innovations like to help fight COVID-19. The biggest contribution by DRDO in the war against Coronavirus has been the 1000 bed hospital it constructed in the national capital with ICU capacity of 250 beds in just 12 days.

Further information will be available on DRDO website soon.