The Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) has partnered with the New York Academy of Sciences to challenge students aged 13-18 years in India.
Find a solution to malnutrition for expectant mothers and children under 5 years of age in India
The solution should keep in mind that adult and infant bodies are different and different solutions may need to be considered
The challenge is virtual and will run on the NYAS platform - Launchpad
Students across India will work in teams of 1 to 6 people
Solvers can reach out to Mentors who are experts in either nutrition or STEM subjects and will be available on the platform to advise any team developing a solution
The topic of the challenge is social however the skills used to design a solution are expected to be scientific – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills
The two top finalist teams, who have best used their STEM skills to present a viable solution to the challenge, will travel to Bangalore to be part of the Infosys Prize ceremony in January 2019
Both teams get the privilege of a trip to ISRO, Sriharikota, to view an inspiring sight – the launch of a rocket
The winning team will additionally receive a scholarship of Rs 5 lakhs per team member
There will be up to 50 mentors available to help guide the teams’ ideas. The Mentors will be skilled in one or more STEM skills and/or Nutrition. Teams and mentors will communicate via chat on Launchpad
Mentors will receive a year’s complimentary membership to the New York Academy of Sciences. They will also receive an invitation to attend the Infosys Prize ceremony in January 2019
If you would like to apply to be a mentor, please write to ISF@infosys.com. There are a limited number of seats
If you are between the age groups of 13-18, reside in India, and would like to sign up for this challenge
Challenge commences on September 10, 2018
More on timelines and the rules of the challenge here
About the New York Academy of Sciences
For 200 years—since 1817—the Academy has brought together extraordinary people working at the frontiers of discovery. Among the oldest scientific organizations in the United States, it has become not only an enduring cultural institution in New York, but also one of the most significant organizations in the global scientific community. The mission of the New York Academy of Sciences is to drive innovative solutions to society's challenges by advancing scientific research, education and policy.
About Infosys Science Foundation
The ISF is a not-for-profit foundation established in 2009 to bring back the romance to research and science. Through the Infosys Prize, it recognizes six mid-career scientists or researchers each year for stellar work in their field by awarding them a prize of USD 100,000, a gold medal and a citation by internationally renowned jury. Besides the Infosys Prize, The ISF runs other programs to excite interest and inspire the younger generation to look at science and research as a career option.