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Innovation Project Competition 2021

Topic: Preparing for Future Pandemics


COVID-19 pandemic has caused millions of deaths worldwide and challenged many prosperous nations contain it and prepare for a well-run healthcare system, data analysis and vaccine discovery to attain herd immunity. It proved that how ill prepared we are in terms of preparation and global coordination to combat a deadly pandemic and taught us lot of lessons. The pandemic reminds us that life-threatening infectious agents like corona virus can emerge at any time in the future. We should increase our readiness for the next communicable disease to minimize the spread, aid in recovery, rapid drug and vaccine development, and prevent loss of life.

NSGW invites eligible candidates to use STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) based innovation and creativity to propose novel ways to protect everyone from such deadly outbreaks in the future. The proposed ideas can be novel approaches for
  • Diagnosis of infections
  • Methods to prevent infections
  • Development of new drugs and vaccines
  • Sanitization of public places and health care facilities
  • Clinical data collection and analysis
  • Tracking down the origin of the outbreak to find patient zero
  • Effective distribution of medical supplies
  • Identification of pathogens that have the potential to spread from animals to humans ahead of time
  • Reducing the occupancy at offices and public places, or
  • Ideas that helps to contain/eliminate the pandemic, or
  • Any other novel idea to eliminate/control the pandemic

General Rules

  • NSGW will host this science competition as “Innovation Project competition” for age group categories 9-13 and 14-18 years.
  • The important dates:
    • Registration open – March 15, 2021
    • Registration close – April 30, 2021
    • Late Registration deadline in case approved by committee – May 31, 2021
    • Conduct brainstorming with participants – May 8 and June 6, 2021
    • Conduct progress checking with participants – July 3, 2021
    • Date to submit final project – July 31, 2021
    • Announcement of winners – September 5, 2021
  • Participants should complete the online registration form and pay registration fees here before the due date for participation. Registration is not confirmed unless payment is received.
  • For team participation, each team leader should register first and provide the names of all the team members in the comments/notes field. In addition, each individual in the group should register separately.
  • You will receive your Registration Number in a separate email. Please use this registration number as a filename while submitting your work. Please don’t use your name in your file name.
  • The file name format will be [Registration Number]_[Project Name].
  • Organizers at their discretion may accept registrations after the last date for a late fee.
  • Organizers reserve the right to close or extend the registration deadline. Any official extension of the registration deadline will be announced through the website.
  • Registration fees:
  • Period Member Non-Member
    Before April 30 2021 $10 $15
    Late registration (May 1 to May 31) $15 $20

Competition Rules:

  • Competitions will be conducted in the following two categories:
    • Category 1 – Age 9-13 years (before the date of submission)
    • Category 2 – Age 14-18 years (before the date of submission)
  • Each category will have Individual and Team registration.
  • The minimum number of participants for team registration is 3 participants and maximum is 5.
  • False representation of the Age category will result in disqualification of the participant/team.
  • Participants can only participate in one category.
  • A participant cannot participate as an individual and as a team member.
  • Participants will be evaluated by a panel of qualified judges.
  • Decisions of the Judges are final.

What you have to do:

The registrants need to develop their ideas/concepts in a PowerPoint presentation with a maximum of 12 slides including background/justification, problem, methodology, results/expected results, conclusion, the value of the work to the public. The slides need to be submitted along with a video presentation of the work describing the material contents to evaluate the presentation skills of participants.

How the projects will be selected:

The selection process will be a 2-step approach.

Step 1: All submissions will be screened by a panel of qualified judges to identify the top 5 projects.

Step 2: Top 5 projects will be invited for a virtual meeting to present their work to the panel of judges and answer any questions they have after the presentation (15 min for presentation and 10 min for questions). Judges will select 3 presentations for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize.

Criteria for selecting the projects:
  • Significance of the project.
  • Originality of the work.
  • Logical robustness, novelty, and effectiveness of the approach.
  • Clarity of the presentation
  • Substantiating arguments and statements with evidence.
  • Knowledge of the presenters on the topic/work
  • Participants should agree to the rules and indicate acceptance while completing their registration.
  • NSGW reserves the right to determine eligibility for the reasons stated herein or on any other reasonable basis.
  • NSGW reserves the right to make modifications to the rules when necessary and participants should agree to abide by the latest rules. Participants are advised to refer to the rules document available on the NSGW website periodically before the competition.
  • Participants cannot hold NSGW, or its volunteers liable for injuries sustained or illnesses contracted or any other damage while in doing any experiments. NSGW will not be responsible for personal injuries or property loss or damages to either contestant or spectators or any other liabilities.