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Toycathon 2021-Innovative Toy Making Hackathon by Government of India

Updated: Jan 22, 2021

Closing Date: 30 Jan 2021 (Check Contest Website) Reward: 50 Lakh INR

About Toycathon 2021:

India, despite being a home of many globally popular games like Chess, Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, is not among leading developers and manufacturers of toys. Under the ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ initiated by our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi, Toycathon-2021 is conceived to challenge India’s innovative minds to conceptualize novel Toy and Games based on Bharatiya civilization, history, culture, mythology and ethos. Toycathon 2021 is an inter-ministerial initiative organized by Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell with support from All India Council for Technical Education, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of MSME, Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Currently, India’s toy market stands at around 1.5 Billion USD, which primarily is dominated by imported toys. Moreover, majority of these toys do not represent Indian heritage, civilization and value systems. Toycathon 2021 is a unique opportunity for Students, Teachers, Start-ups and Toy experts/professionals in India to submit their innovative toys/games concepts and win large number of prizes worth Rs. 50 lakhs. Winners of Toycathon 2021 will also get an opportunity to showcase their concepts during ‘National Toy Fair’ starting 27th Feb which will be attended by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Moreover, efforts will be made to commercialize the exceptional toy concepts will support from Industry and investors.

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Focused Areas of the Contest:

  • Toy/Games concepts based on Indian civilization, heritage, culture, mythology,history, ethos, technology, ethnicity, national heroes and important events

  • Inculcate positive behaviour and good values(‘Sanskaar’)

  • Toys for specially-abled/ Divyanga children

  • Boosting physical and mental fitness

  • Using eco-friendly, indigenous, non-hazardous or recycled material

  • Focus on promoting Vedic Mathematics

  • Encouraging national unity and respecting the cultural diversity.

  • Supporting missions like Swatch Bharat, BetiBachaoBetiPadhao, Environment Conservation, Climate Change, Digital India, Skill India, Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.

  • Rediscovering/redesigning traditional Indian toys

  • Toys for pedagogy (for teaching students’difficult concepts in Math, Science, Languages, Social Sciences, etc.)

  • Design should confine to basic toy guidelines issued by Govt. of India. Click the link to view the Gazette Notification


  • Social and human values

  • Learning, Education and Schooling

  • Indian Culture, History, Knowledge of India and Ethos

  • Divyang

  • Environment

  • Occupations & specific fields

  • Out of the box, creative and logical thinking

  • Fitness and sport

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Categories of Toycathon 2021:

There are three tracks, which are as following- Track 1: For School Students

  • School Students (8th to 12th Standard

  • School Teachers/Staff (Only as Mentors)

  • Team Size: (Minimum 3 & Maximum 6 Members per team, out of which one Member is 'Team Leader'. Team should have One/Two 'Mentors')

Track 2: For HEI's Students

  • HEI's Students

  • Faculty/staff as only Mentors's

  • Team Size: (Minimum 3 & Maximum 6 Members per team, out of which one Member is 'Team Leader'. Team should have One/Two 'Mentors')

Track 3: Startups & Professionals

  • Startups

  • Professionals, Toy Experts

  • Team Size: (Minimum 3 & Maximum 6 Members per team, out of which one Member is 'Team Leader'. Team should have One/Two 'Mentors')


  1. Official Launch of Toycathon 2021-5th January, 2021

  2. Registration begins-5th January, 2021

  3. Submission of proposals online-5th January to 20th January, 2021

  4. Evaluation process (Online)-21st January to 8th February, 2021

  5. Declaration of Shortlisted Ideas-12th February, 2021

  6. Grand Finale-23rd to 25th February, 2021

Problem Statements of Toycathon 2021- Click to Download
Idea PPT Format of Toycathon 2021- Click to Download

.............INNOVATE TO WIN..............


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