The Qualcomm Design in India Challenge –2018 (QDIC 2018) is a continuation of the initiative by Qualcomm that was started in 2016 to encourage design houses and product companies to invent useful and innovative hardware product designs preferably incorporating Qualcomm chipset platforms and technologies. It has been inspired by the tremendous potential of Smart Devices and products that can be built in the domains of Smart Infrastructure, Biometric Devices, Payment Terminals, Agricultural Technology, Medical Technology and Rural IoT.
At Qualcomm, we believe that there’s a huge legion of hardware design companies who can enable innovative products on Qualcomm chipset platforms. Successful and innovative product ideas will have access to Qualcomm Innovation Lab which is an Incubation Lab where designing, prototyping and testing can take place under one roof and comes with its own dedicated technical resources
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society, Qualcomm is glad to offer support to India’s ecosystem through The Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2018. In its third edition, with this design challenge, Qualcomm continues to spur the domestic hardware ecosystem which will positively impact the product ecosystem of design and enhance the manufacturing facilities in India.
Anyone and everyone who meets the eligibility criteria can participate in this competition. Find out if you’re eligible in the participation section given below.
The competition begins on February 17, 2018 and is open to companies based in India only.
No. Participation in Qualcomm Design in India - Challenge 2018 is free.
Qualcomm Design in India - Challenge 2018 is open to companies and entrepreneurs who meet the Eligibility criteria as defined for the program.
No. A designated representative of the company can register on behalf of the team.
There is no restriction on team size if you meet the eligibility criteria and have a great product proposal or idea.
Only one entry per company will be accepted for consideration. Submitting multiple proposals may lead to disqualification of the entrant.
None, other than filling out the necessary information in the registration form.
Qualcomm Design in India – Challenge 2018 is a single cycle incubation from Feb 2018 – Mar 2019.
Yes. It is the company that is ultimately responsible for their product development and prototyping and is free to manage their resources in any manner they please.
Yes. The company has full ownership rights to its ideas. All intellectual property arising out of this Qualcomm Design in India Challenge - 2018 is the sole ownership of the company that is submitting the idea and eventually designing towards it. Please see the terms and conditions for more details
Participation in the Competition is free, voluntary and limited to those who have a great product idea that uses Qualcomm platforms.
The registrations for QDIC 2018 will close on 11.59 pm on April 22, 2018, IST.
Yes. Qualcomm will answer/clarify questions from participants in a timely manner. Additionally, the shortlisted companies will be provided lab facilities and engineering support to help complete their project.
Upon registration of your idea, you will get an email acknowledging the entry. Follow up emails will be sent if any information is missing or if additional information is needed.
In the previous year, Qualcomm provided air tickets and hotel stay to the shortlisted companies to attend the grand finale event. However, this is subject to change. The grand finale will most likely be held in India itself.
Qualcomm will consider every proposal based on its merits and a variety of factors such as innovativeness, utility value, market relevance, design compatibility with Qualcomm chipsets/solutions, robustness of product design, time to market advantage and business potential.
Entries will be evaluated during the registration period in the first phase. Final evaluations will occur after the open registration closes on April 22, 2018. The 15 shortlisted companies will be announced in May 2018.
The Jury panel will comprise of members from Qualcomm and the Industry. These are seasoned professionals who come with several years of industry and business experience.
Shortlisted participants will be informed of their selection by Qualcomm and will be published on the website.
Yes. In QDIC 2018, 15 shortlisted companies will get a cash prize of $10,000 each to convert their design submissions into workable prototypes using the Qualcomm® Innovation Lab. These shortlisted companies will get 9 months of technical support and mentoring in the Qualcomm® Innovation Lab at the end of which, they will be judged at the grand finale event and 1 winner and 2 runner ups will stand to win $100,000, $75,000 and $50,000 in prize money.
Yes. Qualcomm will present the shortlisted and winning companies a certificate of recognition for their achievements.
Qualcomm encourages everyone and anyone with a great product idea to step forward and participate, in line with the focused domains of Agriculture Technology, Medical Technology, Rural IoT, Payment Terminals, Biometric Devices and Smart Infrastructure. Not only does one have a good chance of being shortlisted and getting rewarded, 1 winner and 2 runner ups will win a cash award of $100,000, $75,000 and $50,000. In addition, all participants will have an equal opportunity to securing accelerator and/or venture funding during the evaluation process.
There is no specific template to submit your idea. Your idea may be submitted as a pdf file. You could also share a link of your video proposal or demo.