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Formats

PHASE I: PRELIMS – ONLINE SOLUTION SUBMISSION

  • This is an online solution submission round.
  • Students can form teams of 2 to 5 student members from the same or different institutions and Working professionals can form teams of 2 to 5 working professionals from the same or different organisations to participate in this edition.
  • The challenges will be open pan-India and the participating teams can fill the solution submission form, after registration.
  • Pan-India challenge dates:
    Challenge open date: 20th January, 2021
    Challenge close date: 24th February, 2021

JUDGING CRITERIA FOR PRELIMS:

A panel of judges (consisting of members from Group Innovation Office, experts from companies, and others) will evaluate each submission using a combination of judging criteria:

  • Rich technical content – It is expected that the teams will submit a theoretical solution to the challenge. The evaluation, in the prelims, will be solely done by reviewing the content of the description. Please ensure the description is very well articulated. Please include as many technical details as possible.
  • Simplicity of the solution – It must be uncomplicated, not require any major changes to the business operations, and be logistically feasible.
  • Ease of Implementation – Should not take too much time or effort to implement it.
  • Cost Effectiveness – Not overwhelmingly expensive.
  • Innovation – How creative and innovative the solution is, will also determine the final selection.

PHASE II: EVALUATION AND ANNOUNCEMENT

Based on the quality of entries, as per the judging criteria, top teams from each challenge will receive email communication after evaluation of all submissions.

  • Announcement of Shortlisted Teams: Tentatively by last week of February 2021 – To be confirmed
  • Final Events: March 2021 end – To be confirmed

PHASE III: PREPARATION PERIOD FOR PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT OR PROOF OF CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT (TBD)

  • Shortlisted teams can work on their prototypes and solutions during this period.
  • Teams will be waitlisted in case the top teams fail to work on the prototype/solution during the interim period before the actual events.

PHASE IV: ZONAL FINALS (MARCH 2021)

  • There will be four online Zonal Finals.
  • All shortlisted teams are required to be ready with their prototypes and/or solutions on the day of the event. A prototype, whether digital or physical, can be used to demonstrate your solution.
  • Each prototype/solution will be reviewed by the jury.
  • After evaluating the prototypes/solutions, judges will shortlist the top teams for the pitch session.
  • Top teams get a chance to pitch their prototype/solution to the judges.
  • The winning solution(s)/prototype(s) will be announced at the end of each zonal final.
  • There will be two winning teams from each zone, one campus team and one corporate team.
  • The most innovative prototype/solution from the campus teams and corporate teams, each winning team will be awarded cash prize up to Rs. 70,000*.
  • The judges will evaluate based on simplicity/feasibility, cost of the solution, innovation, and other criteria mentioned in Phase I.

PHASE V: NATIONAL FINALS (MARCH/APRIL 2021)

  • The 2 winning teams from each of the four zones will compete in the National Final.
  • There will be 1 winning team at the National Final which could be either a campus team or corporate team.
  • The National Winning team will be awarded cash prize of up to Rs.1.5 lakhs*.

* Prizes will be distributed on the basis of the quality of the entries, and at the full discretion of the Judges and the Organizers. Participants are cautioned against anyone claiming to represent as Organizers making any false assurances. Prizes will be subject to tax deductions applicable at source.

To view the zonal finals’ schedule, click here.

Note: Please refer to the following sections to know more –

Rules and Eligibility
Terms and Conditions


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Schedule

Registrations open date – January 20, 2021

Registrations close dateFebruary 24, 2021

Evaluations and Communication to shortlisted teams – By Mid April 2021

Quizzes Dates
North Zone To be confirmed
East Zone To be confirmed
West Zone To be confirmed
South Zone To be confirmed
National Finals To be confirmed

Prizes

Prize money for each zonal final

There will be two winning teams from each zone, one campus team and one corporate team

The most innovative prototype/solution from the campus teams and corporate teams, each winning team will be awarded cash prize up to Rs. 70,000*.

Prize money for National Final

The 2 winning teams from each of the four zones will compete in the National Final.

There will be 1 winning team at the National Final which could be either a campus team or corporate team

The National Winning team will be awarded cash prize of up to Rs.1.5 lakhs*.

* Prizes will be distributed on the basis of the quality of the entries, and at the full discretion of the Judges and the Organizers. Participants are cautioned against anyone claiming to represent as Organizers making any false assurances. Prizes will be subject to tax deductions applicable at source.

For details visit terms and conditions.

Rules & Eligibility

  • The Tata Crucible Hackathon 2021 (Hackathon/Event) in the Digital/Online format, is open to all full-time students of business schools, engineering and graduate colleges, including college students from all disciplines, across India and all full time working professionals from corporates and start-ups and will be held completely online/digitally.
  • There is NO ENTRY FEE.
  • Tata Crucible Hackathon is a team event where any 2 to 5 students can form a team to take part in the Hackathon. Similarly, any 2 to 5 working professionals can form a team to part in the Hackathon. Team members can be from different institutes/ corporates for the Tata Crucible Hackathon ONLY.
  • Students and corporates cannot form combined teams during the online registration and idea submission phase.
  • The challenge will be open pan-India and the participating teams can submit their solutions to the challenge(s) of their choice.
  • A team can submit only one solution per challenge. Solution once submitted cannot be changed. If you wish to amend the solution, then you need to resubmit the entire solution again.
  • An individual cannot be a member of more than one team.
  • Team composition cannot change once the solution has been submitted.
  • Teams have to select their location of participation basis the zone in which their institute/corporate falls under.
  • Teams can register online.
  • After the online registrations and idea submission round is over, shortlisted teams will be communicated via email whether they have made it to the final events in their Zone.
  • All participants are required to provide valid College photo ID or Company ID as the case may be, along with other identity proof and produce the same on demand, whenever asked for.
  • The organizers retain the right to make any changes to the event, its format, date, rules and in any matter related to this event, at any time before or during the event.
  • Organizers reserve the right to accept or reject any application to registration and / or entry to the event proceedings.
  • By entering the event venue and / or participating in the quiz/hackathon, the attendees permit themselves to be photographed /videographed /recorded by electronic and print mediums for telecast/publication and other display usage of the organisers.
  • Once you register for the event you indicate your acceptance that the decision of the organisers and jury will be final and binding on all issues related to Tata Crucible Hackathon and no correspondence in this regard would be entertained.
  • All the teams are required to make their own travel and stay arrangements.
  • By registering for the event, you also indicate your acceptance that the organizers can send you communication from time to time regarding Tata Crucible or any other initiatives by the organizers.
  • Prizes once awarded will be final and there would be no exchange/substitution of the prizes to the winners.
  • Participants will need to ensure and assume full responsibility for submitting original ideas and solutions, which should not infringe on any individual or organisation’s copyright or IPR in any manner. Organisers will not take any responsibility of checks in this regard and any violations may be rejected at complete discretion of organisers and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard.
  • Neither the organisers nor the sponsors, or employees of the organisers and sponsors may be held liable for any warranty, costs, damage, injury, or any other claims incurred as a result of usage of the prize by the winner once delivered by the organisers.
  • If the specified prize becomes unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances, the organisers may substitute the prize at their discretion.
  • All tax liabilities where applicable will be the responsibility of the prize recipients.
  • Management, employees and families of the organizers (Corporate Brand and Marketing at Tata Sons Private Limited and Tata Services Ltd, Group Innovation Office and identified agency partners for the event) are prohibited from taking part in the hackathon.
  • In view of the pandemic situation, the entire Event is being organised on a digital platform. The participants agree that the Organisers would in no way be responsible for the internet connectivity that is required at all stages of the Event. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to equip themselves with robust internet facilities to take part in the event.• In view of the pandemic situation, the entire Event is being organised on a digital platform. The participants agree that the Organisers would in no way be responsible for the internet connectivity that is required at all stages of the Event. It is the sole responsibility of the participants to equip themselves with robust internet facilities to take part in the event.
  • The organiser reserves the right to alter/ amend/ modify any rules of any contest at any time without any notice whatsoever.
  • If any contestant has any questions or suggestions about the event, they are welcome to connect with tccq2018@tata.com
  • The organiser reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this event at any time without prior notice.
  • In all matters, the decision of the organisers would be final.

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