To encourage creativity and to show-case innovative ideas among students of engineering institutions in India, the PDMA India organizes a national level innovation contest every year. This competition is open to all students currently pursuing their B.E/B.Tech. or M.E/M.Tech. programs in any branch of engineering & technology in approved institutions in the country. The contest requires the students to conceptualize innovative solutions to any engineering problem of interest to the industry or R&D organizations, or those that demonstrate some technological advancement. They should develop such concepts into working prototypes and demonstrate their applications. The contest is not open to students who develop application software only, without reference to any hardware integration. Last date for registration is 22nd October 2012.

PRIZES: For the UG Student Teams

First Prize


Second Prize


Third Prize


Consolation Prizes

Rs.10,000 each (2Prizes)

PRIZES: PG Students

First Prize


Second Prize


Third Prize


Consolation Prizes

Rs.10,000 each (2Prizes)



Registration Closes by

22nd October 2012

Intimation of results of preliminary screening

30th October 2012

Submission of Preliminary Conceptual Design by selected teams after screening

15th December 2012

Intimation of selection of finalists

15th January 2013

Exposition of Prototypes

25th & 26th of March 2013

Award Function

26th of March 2013


The contest is only for manufacturable products. Software products are excluded from the contest. CAD/CAM/CAE applications are encouraged but should result in actual fabrication of working prototypes. An understanding of the product development process is expected and credit will be given to the ability to take the innovative concepts to working prototypes..

Interested teams of not more than 3 persons per team at the UG level, and individuals at the PG level, should register at the official website. A write-up of a maximum of three pages, highlighting the product concept and working principles along with sketches if any, in PDF file format is required to be sent by each registered team/individual, on or before 22nd October 2012 by email to: with the subject entitled “PDMA INDIA INNOVATION CONTEST 2012-2013”.

The write up should contain

Statement of clear objectives and the relevance of the project.

Innovative features of the project, broad specifications of the product, target cost and economics of development may be highlighted.

Write up should be mailed to

Write up should be in PDF format.

Full postal address along with PIN and other contact details like email ID and phone numbers should be given.

Name of the college/institution, class, college ID, Name & address of the Head of the Institution with his/her Phone Number.

Second Phase of Contest

Based on the preliminary screening of the proposals received not more than 24 teams for each category (UG/PG) would be selected for the next phase where they would submit the preliminary design documents for further evaluation. These documents should contain.

Statement of Clear Objectives of the proposal

Needs assessment for the proposed project.

Target Market & Target Quality Functions related to the proposed design/product/service.

Competitive Benchmarking, if any, for the product/service.

Concept Generation and Evaluation with working principles. Sketches, etc. Use of CAD/Modeling software encouraged.

Approximate Product Costing

Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) issues if any.

Bill of Materials (BOM).

A maximum of 12 selected entries in each category (UG/PG) will go to the next phase of the contest. Prizes of Rs.5000 /- to each of the 12 selected entries would be given in addition to the prize amounts announced for the winners. Efforts will be made to provide contact with funding agencies for the next phase to help build the prototype. PDMA India will be happy to provide these teams with the assistance of appropriate mentors if the teams so desire.

PDMA US has agreed in principle to provide presentation slot for the winners in both categories in their International Conference planned during Oct-Nov’13. PDMA India will be happy to provide support for 50% of the travel cost.


The 12 selected teams/individuals each from the 2 categories, from the previous phase will make a presentation of the final design and also demonstrate their prototypes in front of a panel of judges and invitees. All the 12 teams/individuals, in each category, will be given certificates of merit and reimbursed their travel expenses. They will explain the product development process and demonstrate the prototypes. 5 teams/individuals in each category would be selected for the final awards and would be given the awards in a public function. The decision of the panel of judges would be final. PDMA India will also help the awardees in seeking IPR for their innovative ideas by guiding them in the patenting process.

Suggested Reading:

Interested contestants are advised to refer to any of the following books for getting an insight into designing and developing products and incorporating innovations.

Engineering Design

George Dieter & Linda Schmidt

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math;4edition(2008)

Engineering Design: A Project Based Introduction

Clive L. Dym & Patrick Little

Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (2008)

Product Design and Development

Karl Ulrich & Steven Eppinger

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education; 4 edition (2007)

Engineering Design Process

Yousef Haik

Publisher: Cengage Learning India, ISBN-13:978-81-315-1059-9