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Qualcomm with NASCOMM launches ‘Design in India Challenge’

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The Chipset manufacturer giant Qualcomm has launched its Design in India Challenge in order to support the Government’s Digital India initiative. The aim main of the company behind the Design in India Challenge is to encourage the creation of local product design ecosystem.

Speaking about the Design in India Challenge, Sunil Lalvani, vice president and President of Qualcomm India & South Asia, said, “Energized by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India vision, Qualcomm is excited to support the possibility of making India a hub for product and hardware design in the areas of smartphones, tablets and IoT. The Qualcomm Design in India Challenge has been conceived to leverage India’s vast pool of skilled engineering talent and to galvanize multitudes of indigenous hardware design companies to innovate technological breakthroughs that we hope will help bridge industrial, infrastructural and societal gaps in India.”

NASSCOM has also associated itself with the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge with an objective of catalyzing the creation of a product and hardware design ecosystem in India in the domains of smartphones, tablets and Internet of Everything (IoT) products for healthcare, education, banking, agriculture, automotive, wearables and smartcities.

Talking about it, R. Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM, commented, “We are happy to associate with the Qualcomm Design in India Initiative that aims to energize the product and hardware ecosystem in India, to innovate, design and create locally and to cater to the needs of local and global markets. This initiative is closely aligned with NASSCOM’s own vision to ‘Connect, Collaborate and Co-create’, which advocates the empowerment of the Indian economy through large scale technology adoption across horizontals such as healthcare, education, agriculture and others.”

 Key Highlights of Qualcomm Design in India Challenge

  • Registration and Application for Qualcomm Design in India Challenge start on December 1, 2015 and end on February 29, 2016.
  • The Challenge is open to all India-based individual companies or start-ups with a minimum of one year of operation which can demonstrate hardware designs for smartphones, tablets, wearables and products for smart cities, automotive & telematics, robotics and devices for the IoT ecosystem.
  • Up to 10 shortlisted companies will be eligible for funding of $10,000 each to proceed to the prototyping phase and will be incubated at our state-of-the-art Qualcomm® Innovation Lab for nearly six months.
  • Upto three  companies with the most promising products will be selected by an eminent judging panel as winners and each will receive up to $100,000 as recognition and encouragement for future efforts.
  • As part of the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge, Qualcomm will also set up an Innovation Lab in Bangalore, through an Indian subsidiary, to provide technical and engineering support to the Indian companies in their endeavour to develop innovative ideas into products and hardware designs.

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