Promoting Scientific Temper Through
Student - Scientist Connect Program

EPIC - 2024


CSIR Jigyasa EPIC Hackathon aims to inculcate the culture of inquisitiveness, innovation and scientific temper among the school students as well as nurture their potential in developing innovative solutions to address the challenges in the country through S&T.

We invite all enthusiastic students to join us in this exciting journey of ideation, scientific exploration and innovation.

Innovation can be in the form of ideas, designs, prototypes, technology and smart apps for solving societal issues and improving life quality.

Timeline
  1. Launch and start date for application: 05 January, 2024.
  2. Boot- camps / hackathons: 5th Jan, 2024 - 28th Feb, 2024.
  3. Last date of applications: 28th Feb, 2024.
  4. Declaration of top 100 applicants: Last week of April, 2024
  5. Summer internship for top 100 ideas: June - August, 2024.
  6. Exhibition and final competition of the top innovations: September, 2024.
  7. Felicitation of top 5 winners: around 26th September, 2024.

Domain 1: Clean and Green energy

To develop solutions that address real-world energy challenges. It aims to encourage the students to think innovative solutions on energy, increase awareness on the challenges of energy and the importance on sustainable use of energy.

Themes and Challenges:

  1. Clean Energy Harvesting and Storage: Innovations in capturing and storing renewable energy.
  2. Efficient Energy Utilization and Management: Ideas to optimize energy use in homes, schools, residential and commercial sectors.
  3. Waste to Energy: Creative approaches to convert waste into energy.

Details of each theme are given below:

1. Clean Energy Harvesting and Storage:

The challenge in clean energy harvesting and storage lies in efficiently capturing renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, water, and hydro power. Storing energy from these sources encourages cost-effective, sustainable, and reliable energy. The variability and intermittency of renewable energy sources, along with the limitations of current storage technologies, pose significant barriers to integrating clean energy into the power grid at scale. The development of advanced materials and technologies for efficient energy capture, conversion, and storage is crucial for reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and mitigating climate change. Indeed, the best way to store solar energy (whenever available) in liquid fuel/chemical molecules, rather than in any storage media. Any liquid fuel can be transported to any part of the country or globe and existing transportation infrastructure can be utilized to its fullest capacity.

2. Efficient Energy Utilization and Management:

This area focuses on optimizing the use of energy in various sectors, including industrial, commercial, and residential. The primary challenge is to reduce energy consumption and waste while maintaining or improving performance and productivity. This involves the development and implementation of energy-efficient technologies, smart grid systems, and intelligent management strategies that can adapt to changing energy demands. Additionally, there is a need for policies and incentives that encourage energy efficiency and conservation practices among consumers and industries.

3. Waste to Energy:

The conversion of waste materials into usable forms of energy, such as electricity, heat, or fuel, presents a solution on two demanding issues: waste management and energy production. The main challenge is to develop technologies that can efficiently and sustainably convert various types of waste, including municipal solid waste, agricultural residue and industrial by-products into energy.

Tentative Ideas:

  • Students may create small-scale prototypes utilizing renewable energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, or hydroelectric generators with innovative usage in practical applications.
  • Devices or systems designed to reduce energy consumption in homes or schools, like automated LED lighting systems that adjust based on natural light availability or occupancy sensors.
  • Simple smart home or school prototypes that use sensors and microcontrollers (like Arduino or Raspberry Pi) to monitor and manage energy usage, potentially integrating with smart phone apps for remote control and monitoring.
  • Prototypes for conversion of waste materials into energy, such as biogas generation from organic waste or the conversion of waste heat into electricity.
  • Digital tools like games or interactive apps for energy management and utilization.
  • Projects that utilize recycled materials to create energy-related devices, emphasizing the importance of sustainability and waste reduction.
  • Projects that focus on innovative ways to capture and utilize ambient energy, like piezoelectric devices that generate electricity from pressure or motion, or solar-powered chargers for small electronic devices.
  • Students may create a small size device, along the principles of photosynthesis, to work in direct sunlight to convert water and CO2 to any value-added chemical/fuel, such as methanol, ethanol.
  • Demonstration of prototypes such as small water electrolyser cells / fuel cells and relevant energy conversion devices with innovative idea towards production storage and utilization of hydrogen.
  • Demonstration of small battery cell prototype with innovative ideas (e.g. from recycled materials).
Domain 2: One Health

Innovative solutions to real world problems in domain of healthcare are need of the hour. open data sharing and scalable platforms became game changer in dealing with the COVID- 19 pandemic. It is therefore proposed to develop solutions towards better pandemic preparedness as well as healthcare response in general. This is even more important for countries like India where these solutions can have far reaching impact in providing quality care to a large patient base.

The sub- themes included are as follows:

  1. Digital solutions to healthcare challenges: Building platforms and apps for capturing data from community settings for disease surveillance and monitoring.
  2. Affordable prototypes for high-end research and clinical instruments: Ideas to build affordable versions of high-end instruments or their alternatives.
  3. Towards One Health: Build platforms and apps towards integration of data on
    (a) Disease prevalence, measures, policy reach, quality metrics, etc.
    (b) Disease management eg. Consultations, use of prescribed/ unprescribed antibiotics, follow up, use of Indian system of medicine, traditional knowledge, recurrence etc.
  4. Cost effective PoC devices/prototypes: Design and Development of affordable PoC (Point of Care) devices for diagnostics in rural and remote setup.

Tentative Ideas:

  • Developing platforms / apps for collecting and using data from community settings from context of Antimicrobial Resistance (examples – antibiotic consumption, access, etc).
  • Building applications for veterinary sector for understanding antimicrobial resistance aspects like use of antibiotics, infection status, etc.
  • Building applications for environmental sector for understanding antimicrobial resistance aspects like disposal of antibiotics by communities, etc.
  • Developing applications and methods of integration of data on disease prevalence in community settings - One Health Approach. These platforms need to ensure data protection and privacy.
  • Developing tools for guidelines for best practices for antibiotic usage and disposal, traditional knowledge and alternative medicine.
  • Design and Development of affordable PoC (Point of Care) devices for diagnostics in rural and remote setup.

Content Categories
  • Developing platforms / apps for collecting and using data from community settings from context of Antimicrobial Resistance (examples – antibiotic consumption, access, etc).
  • Building applications for the veterinary sector for understanding antimicrobial resistance aspects like use of antibiotics, infection status, etc.
  • Building applications for the environmental sector for understanding antimicrobial resistance aspects like disposal of antibiotics by communities, etc.
  • Methods of integration of data on disease prevalence in community settings - One Health Approach. These platforms need to ensure data protection and privacy

  • Students may create small-scale prototypes utilizing renewable energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, or hydroelectric generators with innovative usage in practical applications.
  • Devices or systems designed to reduce energy consumption in homes or schools, like automated LED lighting systems that adjust based on natural light availability or occupancy sensors.
  • Simple smart home or school prototypes that use sensors and microcontrollers (like Arduino or Raspberry Pi) to monitor and manage energy usage, potentially integrating with smartphone apps for remote control and monitoring.
  • Prototypes for conversion of waste materials into energy, such as biogas generation from organic waste or the conversion of waste heat into electricity.
  • Digital tools like games or interactive apps for energy management and utilization.
  • Projects that utilize recycled materials to create energy-related devices, emphasizing the importance of sustainability and waste reduction.
  • Projects that focus on innovative ways to capture and utilize ambient energy, like piezoelectric devices that generate electricity from pressure or motion, or solar-powered chargers for small electronic devices.
  • Students may create a small size device, along the principles of photosynthesis, to work in direct sunlight to convert water and CO2 to any value added chemical/fuel, such as methanol, ethanol.
  • Demonstration of prototypes such as small water electrolyser cells / fuel cells and relevant energy conversion devices with innovative ideas towards production storage and utilisation of hydrogen.
  • Demonstration of small battery cell prototype with innovative ideas (e.g. from recycled materials)

General Rules and Regulations for all submissions:
  1. The Competition is free to enter and the participants must be Bonafide Indian Citizens.
  2. Entries are invited from students of class VII to XII.
  3. A single student or a team of 2 to maximum 3 students may apply.
  4. The submissions will be made in two categories: Junior (Class VII- IX) and Senior (Class X- XII).
  5. A student as an individual or as a team cannot submit an application more than once.
  6. In a team, students from non-science backgrounds may also be included; however, the innovation must be science-based.
  7. No request for addition or deletion of team members would be entertained after submission.
  8. You may choose one of the domains to design your creative and should present in a simple language. The medium of submission will be English.
  9. Decision of the panel of judges (to be constituted by CSIR) would be final.

Launch of CSIR JIGYASA EPIC Hackathon 2024:
Vigyan se Viksit Bharat

5 January 2024
11:00 AM

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1 About CSIR Jigyasa Dr. Geetha Vani Rayasam CSIR-HRDG 11:00-11:30 AM
2 Launch and Key Note Address Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan, Director IIM Bangalore 11:30-12:00 Noon
3 One Health Dr. Radha Rangarajan, Director CSIR-CDRI 12:00-12:30 PM
4 Clean and Green Energy Dr. Ramanuj Narayan, Director CSIR-IIMT 12:30-1:00 PM

Bootcamp 1 - CSIR JIGYASA - EPIC Hackathon 2024:
Vigyan se Viksit Bharat

16 January 2024
11:00 AM

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1 Inaugration 10:58-11:00 AM
2 Remarks about EPIC Hackathon Dr. Parthasarathi Ramakrishnan, Principal Scientist CSIR-IITR 11:00-11:10 AM
3 Clean and Green Energy Dr. K Ramesha, Director CSIR-CECRI 11:10-11:40 PM
4 S&T Innovation and entrepreneurship Dr. Shailaja Donempudi, Chief Scientist, Chair Business development CSIR-IICT 11:40-12:10 PM
5 One Health Dr. Anshu Bhardwaj, Principal Scientist CSIR-IMTECH 12:10-12:40 AM

Bootcamp 2 - CSIR JIGYASA - EPIC Hackathon 2024:
Vigyan se Viksit Bharat

24 January 2024
11:00 AM

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1 Opening Remarks Dr. Wafia Masih CSIR-NCL 11:00-11:30 AM
2 One Health Dr. Rakesh Mishra, Former Director CSIR-CCMB 11:10-11:40 AM
3 S&T Innovation and entrepreneurship Dr. N. Madhusudana Rao CSIR-CCMB 11:40-12:10 PM
4 Clean and Green Energy Dr. Pooja Devi, Principal Scientist CSIR-CSIO 12:10-12:40 PM

Bootcamp 3 - CSIR JIGYASA - EPIC Hackathon 2024:
Vigyan se Viksit Bharat

16th January 2024
11:00 AM

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1 Opening Remarks Dr. Somdutta Karak, Science Communications & Outreach Officer CSIR-CCMB 11:00-11:10 AM
2 One Health Dr. Pankaj Dhaka, Assistant Professor GADVASU 11:10-11:40 AM
3 Clean and Green Energy Dr. Pabitra Nayak, Assistant Professor TIFR Hyderabad 11:40-12:10 PM
4 S&T Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ms. Deepthi Ravula, CEO WE Hub 12:10-12:40 PM

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