Qualcomm® Design in India

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After an exhilarating round one of the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2016, we are excited to announce the second chapter with ‘Qualcomm Design in India II or #DesignInIndia Challenge. The challenge is launched as part of the expansion of our design initiatives in India to be henceforth called, Qualcomm Design in India Program (QDIP) that aims to build a core design technological and innovation hub in India.

In our unrelenting commitment to PM Narendra Modi’s vision of transforming India into a digitally empowered society, ‘The Qualcomm Design in India II’ will extend an opportunity to fourteen startups in two incubation cycles, with a primary focus in the domains of Smart Infrastructure, Biometric Devices, Payment Terminals, Agricultural Technology, Medical Technology and Rural IoT. The first cycle will run from January – August 2017 and the second cycle will run from May – December 2017. More details of the challenge are enclosed in the timeline.

The challenge offers approximately USD half million in total rewards. The companies will have access to the state-of-the-art Qualcomm Innovation Lab in Bengaluru and Hyderabad along with engineering and technical support to help bring their products to life.

Qualcomm Design in India Program

With the Qualcomm Design in India initiative being extended to the Qualcomm Design in India Program organized by Qualcomm India Private Limited, we have announced the following key initiatives

  • The Qualcomm Design in India Program for 2017 will support companies in the areas of Medical Technology, Agriculture Technology, Rural IoT, Biometric Devices, Payment Terminals and Smart Cities
  • Expansion of Design capabilities in India with the launch of a new Innovation lab at Hyderabad and expansion of the current Innovation lab in Bangalore
  • Extending the Design program to support localization needs of smartphone OEMs in India

Who can participate?

  • The challenge is open to individual companies/startups that demonstrate HW, embedded design experience 
  • Participation in the competition is free, voluntary and open to those who have a great product idea that uses Qualcomm platforms
  • Participating companies should have established operations of minimum 6 months in hardware design and solutions

Why Participate?

If you have an idea that you believe in, this challenge is for you:

  • In each cycle of Qualcomm Design in India II, up to six shortlisted companies will be eligible for funding of up to $10,000 each to convert their design submissions into workable prototypes using the Qualcomm® Innovation Lab (hyperlink) 
  • The shortlisted companies will be provided with six months of technical support and mentoring in the Qualcomm® Innovation Lab. Up to two companies with the most promising products will be selected by the judging panel and will be awarded up to $75,000 each as recognition and encouragement for future efforts
Eligibility Criteria
Timeline

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible to participate in Qualcomm Design in India II if:

  • You are a company or a start-up incorporated and based in India with minimum 6 months of operations in hardware design and solutions
  • You can demonstrate hardware designs on any SoC platforms with HLOS such as Android, Windows etc. or open source Linux. (Ideally using Snapdragon SoCs and/or other platforms from Qualcomm)
  • HW design proposals for the first cycle of the challenge must be focused on one of the focused domain – Smart Infrastructure, Biometric Devices, Payment Terminals, Agricultural Technology, Medical Technology and Rural IoT, regardless of the form factor of the product
  • A jury panel will judge the participating companies based on the merits of the product idea and will look for creativity, differentiation and innovation. For more details, please refer to our FAQs section here.

Timeline

The Qualcomm Design in India II launches on January 17, 2017 and will extend in two cycles.

Cycle I

  • Application Phase (January 17 – February 12, 2017): Online submission of Product/Design ideas
  • Shortlist (March 2017): Eight companies were shortlisted and rewarded with funding of $10,000 each
  • Hardware Incubation (March – July 2017): Incubation of shortlisted companies at the Qualcomm Innovation Lab
  • Finale (August 2017): Up to 2 winners with the most promising products will be selected and receive up to $75,000 each

Cycle II

  • Application Phase (June 2, 2017 – July 15, 2017): Online submission of Product/Design ideas
  • Shortlist (July 2017): Up to six companies will be shortlisted and rewarded with funding of $10,000 each
  • Hardware Incubation (July - Nov 2017): Incubation of shortlisted companies at the Qualcomm Innovation Lab
  • Finale (December 2017): Up to 2 winners with the most promising products will be selected and receive up to $75,000 each

Qualcomm Innovation Labs

Under the Design in India Program, Qualcomm will provide access to labs at Bangalore and Hyderabad, enabling our shortlisted participants to test and launch products using Qualcomm technologies. 

The Innovation labs may be leveraged by the shortlisted participants to design products specifically for India. Qualcomm will champion key initiatives to leverage technology and solutions along with its ecosystem partners, including the start-up community and government bodies to engage with industry verticals such as Smart Infrastructure, Biometric Devices, Payment Terminals, Agricultural Technology, Medical Technology and Rural IoT.

The Qualcomm Innovation Labs are unique, state-of-the-art incubation centers which will contain tools and equipment to enable the shortlisted companies to design, layout, calibrate and bring up rapid prototyping and innovative product designs. The shortlisted companies will be provided with different kinds of evaluation kits and development boards, along with the tools to optimize camera, audio, display, etc.  

Support for Indian local government and carrier requirement: 

Qualcomm extends the Qualcomm Design in India program to support customization for local requirements of smartphone OEMs in India. This is to encourage technology transfers to build expertise and grow the Indian design ecosystem. As a part of this initiative, Qualcomm will provide support for customization of features like language, apps, carrier specific requirements, device certification, engineering and manufacturing support for domestic phone designs.

"The Qualcomm Design in India Program (QDIP) is subject to terms and conditions as notified by Qualcomm India Private Limited from time to time." 

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