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Introducing 'Tech in Sustainability' Ideathon Laps where we welcome ideas that can change the world we live in for the better. Help us drive positive change – enabling sustainability through next-generation, human centered experiences of the future!

What Are The Ideathon Laps About?

At Tech Mahindra we aim to help businesses grow responsibly that can help shape a better and sustainable future. Hence, we are hosting ‘Tech in Sustainability’ Ideathon Laps, as a part of our ongoing partnership with Mahindra Racing, the only Indian team to compete in ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. These Ideathon Laps, led by MakersLab™, the R&D arm of Tech Mahindra, encourages students, tech enthusiasts, and problem solvers to develop innovative and disruptive solutions that can drive transformational, sustainable change by leveraging next-generation technologies. We invite the participation of the best, brightest minds to develop solutions that can bring us steps closer to achieving the world’s sustainability goals.

These Ideathon Laps will be held across multiple race cities including Riyadh, Mexico City, Berlin, Jakarta, Vancouver, New York, and London. For each city that hosts this, it’s called an ‘Ideathon lap’. The winners of each lap will stand a chance to participate for the Ideathon World Finals at London. Riyadh & Mexico City Ideathon laps are live now and open for entries. Please scroll through the details below to better understand the process.

The Challenge

We can see the future (but it's not here yet!)

These last few years have been unprecedented, uncertain, and disruptive in many ways. And with it, we have been given an opportunity to remain laser-focused on achieving global sustainability goals together – leveraging next generation and emerging technologies that are already significantly changing the way we operate. To help us further address today’s sustainability challenges and carve a niche through clear and conscious environmental management using technology, we want you to innovate and ideate on solutions that can build a sustainable future for generations to come across the four pillars you see below.

Your idea must be built on at least one of these four core pillars:

NXT Gen - Tech


5G, AI, IoT, Cloud Tech, NFT, Metaverse , Quantum Computing, Block Chain and Data Analytics

Sustainable Mobility


Green Mobility, Carbon Neutrality, Circular Economy, New Energy Options

Fan & Customer Experience

Customer Centricity, FanExperience, Human Centric/User Experience

Engineering Design


Performance Based Digital Transformation, New and Lighter Materials Engineering

Laps and Timelines

Past Event

Lap 1: Riyadh

Ends on 15th April 2022

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Timelines for the Riyadh Ideathon

  • Entries End: 15th April 2022 – 6pm
  • Winners Announcement: 20th April 2022
  • Winners Compete with Other Winners: 18th - 22nd July 2022
  • Grand Winner Announcement: 27th July 2022
  • Grand Winner Felicitation: 29th July 2022
Past Event

Lap 2: Mexico City

Ends on 15th April 2022

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Timelines for the Mexico Ideathon

  • Entries End: 15th April 2022 – 6pm
  • Winners Announcement: 20th April 2022
  • Winners Compete with Other Winners: 18th - 22nd July 2022
  • Grand Winner Announcement: 27th July 2022
  • Grand Winner Felicitation: 29th July 2022
Live

Lap 3: Berlin

Ends on 31st May 2022

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Timelines for the Berlin Ideathon

  • Entries End: 31st May 2022 – 6pm
  • Winners Announcement: 10th June 2022
  • Winners Compete with Other Winners: 18th - 22nd July 2022
  • Grand Winner Announcement: 27th July 2022
  • Grand Winner Felicitation: 29th July 2022
Live

Lap 4: Jakarta

Ends on 31st May 2022

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Timelines for the Jakarta Ideathon

  • Entries End: 31st May 2022 – 6pm
  • Winners Announcement: 06th June 2022
  • Winners Compete with Other Winners: 18th - 22nd July 2022
  • Grand Winner Announcement: 27th July 2022
  • Grand Winner Felicitation: 29th July 2022
Live

Lap 5: Vancouver

Ends on 1st July 2022

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Timelines for the Vancouver Ideathon

  • Entries End: 1st July 2022 – 6pm
  • Winners Announcement: 11th July 2022
  • Winners Compete with Other Winners: 18th - 22nd July 2022
  • Grand Winner Announcement: 27th July 2022
  • Grand Winner Felicitation: 29th July 2022
Live

Lap 6: New York

Ends on 1st July 2022

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Timelines for the New York Ideathon

  • Entries End: 1st July 2022 – 6pm
  • Winners Announcement: 11th July 2022
  • Winners Compete with Other Winners: 18th - 22nd July 2022
  • Grand Winner Announcement: 27th July 2022
  • Grand Winner Felicitation: 29th July 2022
Live

Lap 7: London

Ends on 1st July 2022

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Timelines for the London Ideathon

  • Entries End: 1st July 2022 – 6pm
  • Winners Announcement: 11th July 2022
  • Winners Compete with Other Winners: 18th - 22nd July 2022
  • Grand Winner Announcement: 27th July 2022
  • Grand Winner Felicitation: 29th July 2022

The Grand Finale

Upcoming

Final Lap: London

18th - 22nd July 2022

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Timelines for the Grand Finale at London

  • Winners Compete with Other Winners: 18th - 22nd July 2022
  • Grand Winner Announcement: 27th July 2022
  • Grand Winner Felicitation: 29th July 2022

The Winners’ Circle

Three winners get a chance to Intern at The Tech Mahindra MakersLab™

Exciting prizes across all laps

Winners get a chance to meet the Mahindra Racing team

The Copyright and Idea IP will remain with the Ideators

Tech Mahindra MakersLab™ will guide to convert the final winning ideas (globally) to a product stage

Certificates for participants and winners from Tech Mahindra’s MakersLab™

Top three winners get a chance to grab the official Mahindra Racing and Tech Mahindra Merchandise

The winners of each lap will stand a chance to participate for the Ideathon World Finals at London

Top three idea winners globally get to attend a grand event in London – on the sidelines of London E-Prix, get an opportunity to intern with Mahindra Racing (Remote) and win a grand prize.

Judging Criteria

  1. Concept and Innovation
  2. Relevance and Differentiation
  3. Impact
  4. Technical Feasibility
  5. Business Value and Scalability
  6. FanPoints

Tools You Can Use

  1. Business Model Map
  2. Business Model Journey Arc
  3. Decision Tree Model
  4. Empathy Map
  5. 5 Whys
  6. User Persona Map
  7. Stakeholder Map
  8. Customer Journey Map
  9. Context Mapping
  10. Vision Cone
  11. Most Viable Product
  12. Blue Ocean Strategy
  13. Service Prototyping
  14. Need to Have vs. Nice to Have Model

Rules

  1. Participants must be currently residing in the Country of the Ideathon Lap.
  2. There is no limitation on the team size.
  3. Participants must be made up of college, varsity students, startups.
  4. Participants may use libraries, frameworks, data points, and models at their disposal.
  5. Please submit all ideas per the deadlines communicated in the mail you receive once you register.
  6. Please keep the submissions simple and understand the timelines.
  7. Originality in ideas and concise, simple submissions will be awarded additional points.

How to Participate

1

REGISTRATION

Register through the link below and select your community as ‘Mahindra Racing E-Prix 2022’ and sub-community as per your Ideathon lap city.

Register Now
2

SUBMISSION

Submit your ideas and plans in the portal before the deadline

Access the Portal
3

EVALUATION

Judges will carefully go through every entry received and evaluate based on the criteria and select winners and runners-up

4

WINNERS

Winners get a chance to meet the Mahindra Racing Team as well as Tech Mahindra Senior leaders

5

GRAND FINALE

Winners from each Ideathon lap will compete against each other for one last time and be declared as the “Champion Problem Solver”

6

GRAND WINNER

Top 3 idea winners globally will be invited for a grand ceremony in the London E-Prix

FanPoints: Increase Your Odds to Win

Formula E is an unique motorsport in the world that lets fans play an active role in influencing the outcome of the race. Here exists the concept of FanBoost that gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favourite driver and award them an extra boost of power during the race. Five drivers who receive the most FANBOOST votes are awarded with a significant burst of power, which they can deploy in a five-second window during the second half of the race.

Similarly, we have the concept of FanPoints for your ideas, where you can influence people to engage with your solution idea on social media and earn FanPoints that boost your chances to win. All you need to do is post your ideas on social media, tag @TechMahindra, and use the hashtags - #TechInSustainabilityIdeathon, #passioneering and #UnlockTheNXT. Don’t forget to share the links of your “live” post along with screenshots of your post with the “likes” clearly visible, while submitting your ideas.

Scoring of FanPoints:

  • 200 Likes – 100 FanPoints
  • 100 Likes – 50 FanPoints
  • 50 Likes – 25 FanPoints

Meet the Judges

SANDEEP CHANDNA

Chief Sustainability Officer, Tech Mahindra

PADMA PARTHASARATHY

SVP & Global Head, Consulting and Digital Services, Tech Mahindra

NIKHIL MALHOTRA

Chief Innovation Officer & Creator of MakersLab™, Tech Mahindra

The Advantage

Engaging

Sparking Innovation and
Fueling Imagination

Ingenious

Harnessing Creativity and
Creating Visionaries

Realism

Striking Real-World Issues and
Driving Practicality

Positivity

Amplifying Positive Impact and Framing Feasibility

Futuristic

Building Value and Crafting
NxtGen Solutions

Empowering

Enabling Possibilities and
Enhancing Opportunities

Ecosystem

Bridging Businesses Across and Converging Industries Together

Experience

Immersive Journey and Implementing Human Centricity

Sustainability and MakersLab™

Sustainability is embedded everywhere in our processes, experiences and the way we do business. Tech Mahindra has always been focused on responsible business growth and has consistently emerged as a world leader in sustainability. We have been recognized amongst the ‘2021 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ by Corporate Knights. To further drive young innovators and create marvels of the future, MakersLab™, the R&D arm of Tech Mahindra has been helping students build smart machines of the future and upskill themselves. We work with startups, premium educational institutes, incubators and more, to build a solution for tomorrow’s enterprises. Alongside, the Tech Mahindra sports vertical focuses on filling technology and domain related innovation within the industry, so we can tap into the full potential of sports and leverage technology at the core to improve athletic performance and fan experiences.

For any queries write to us at - iris@techmahindra.com

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