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Dare to Dream : DRDO Innovation Contest

Updated: Mar 20, 2019

Closing Date: 31 March 2019 Reward: 10,00,000 INR


Science and Technology shouldn’t be confined in one department or laboratory, where good ideas may evolve but are often stuck in silos. While it is critical to have teams in place whose job is to focus on science, technology and engineering. Innovation needs to be a process and culture cultivated across the country. Everyone needs to contribute to it, asking themselves: What can I improve? How can I do it better?

Dreaming is essential to make meaning of life, find your inner voice, truly grow up, and show the next generation how to dream.

There is a time to be a spectator, supporter and cheerleader – but also a time to get into the game and be part of the action. A series of no’s or short-term sacrifices in the near term is worth if it leads to a good successful yes or major achievement in the long term.

You must boldly follow your dreams as well; become the hero of your story; make space and time for your dreams; map and track your competencies; know your beliefs; build on your strengths; and fine-tune your dreams as you align them with current future security needs of the country.

Having fleshed out your dreams, you need to embrace discovery, explore your domain, create your dream team, bootstrap your dream, and ‘date’ or dabble with your dreams.

Some of the more powerful dreams are those that engage the mind, soul and heart. It helps to put the dreams down in thoughts on paper and visualise them through actions (‘think it, then ink it’). Sometimes you also need to reach out to ‘strangers of consequence,’ or people who you may not know but who believe in you and help you; they have a ‘helicopter view’ of the ecosystem.

Objective of the contest:

To unearth disruptive ideas and concepts in emerging technologies identified by DRDO for enhancing defence capabilities.

List of Areas For Challenges:

Ø Multi-legged mobility

Ø Plan execution and coordination in multi agent system

Ø Deep learning methods for cybersecurity

Ø Swarm of micro-uavs

Ø joints in composites structures

Ø Miniaturization of unfolding mechanisms for rocket lifting surfaces

Ø Wearable communication technologies for special operations soldier

Ø hemostatic agents

Ø artificial oxygen carriers

Ø Swarm robot for surveillance & ops. In hostile enviornment

Ø cognitive sensors and technologies for border/perimeter surveillance

Ø Open category : exploring the unthinkable and unimaginable

Selection Process:

The entries received will be judged by a two stage process, (a) screened by Domain Expert Committee and (b) short-listing and ranking by Independent Expert Committee.

Application Process:

  • Applications to be submitted through online mode only.Applications to be submitted either in Individual or Start-up category.An individual having start-up may apply in the capacity of Individual as well as Start-up.

  • Select the challenges for which you want to make submissions.

  • An individual or start-up can apply for not more than five area of challenge.Provide a write-up of 500 words for each challenge selected. You can also submit attachments (PDF format, less than 2 MB) with more details for the submission.

DRDO Dare to Dream Challenge participants are advised to submit the following info:

1 Your First Shot Pitch your innovation - what you intend to address, and how.

2 Summary Provide an executive summary of your innovation, and how it would impact the future of the scientific sphere in context. This will form the basis for the judging panel to evaluate your entry.

3 What you are If you are a Startup, tell us about your company, the fields you work in. What are the goals of your enterprise, and how are you planning to achieve them? If you are an individual innovator, tell us about your professional self and how you intend to make a difference to the future.

4 Plan of Action Provide information in detail how you would transform your idea in to a product of utility, the resources on hand, the resources required, the timeframes, the constraints foreseen and any other additional requirements.

5 The benefit Briefly let us know how your innovation will benefit the Defence and Aerospace, and when.

6 What you would do In case you are shortlisted for the challenge prize, what do you intend to do with the prize money?

7 Anything else Give details of any other information you would like to provide, or would like to seek.

Prize & Recognition:


1st Prize - 5 lakh

2nd Prize- 4 lakh

3rd Prize - 3 lakh


1st Prize - 10 lakh

2nd Prize- 8 lakh

3rd Prize - 6 lakh

Contact For Queries:

Director- FTM & TDF

  • Email-

  • Phone- 011-23007365

  • Phone- 011-23902481 (For Website Related Queries Only)

.............ALL THE BEST..............

For more details and screening location visit the link below:

Contest link:

Category of contest: Project/Startup contest

Disclaimer: As our blog was started to support students and innovators to know all latest contest, we furnish the details in our blog post which are taken from the contest link which was given at the time of contest launch, if any changes made in contest such as reward or date of closing is now responsible for the changes.

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