Ideathon to generate innovative ideas on antimicrobial resistance diagnostics

The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) has invited teams to participate in an Idea-thon on anti-microbial resistance (AMR) diagnostics on March 19 and 20, 2016


NEW DELHI: In the backdrop of fast emerging threat of antibiotics resistant superbugs in India, BIRAC is organising an Ideathon on generating innovative ideas for new technologies in AMR diagnostics with potential to identify pathogenic microbes and improve detection.

Venue and Date: BIRAC Office, New Delhi (19th March) and India Habitat Centre, New Delhi (20th March).

Prize Money: Winners: INR 1 lakh, Two Runners Up: INR 50,000 each will be announced at BIRAC’s 4th Foundation Day. Award/participation Certificates to all teams.

Mentoring: One month mentoring of winners by BIRAC’s Partners (C-CAMP Bangalore, IKP Knowledge Park, Hyderabad & Bangalore; FITT at IIT Delhi, NCL Venture Center, Pune, KIIT-TBI Bhubaneswar and Villgro Foundation

Conference: Complementary participation in BIRAC’s Foundation Day 20th & 21st March (networking opportunities with experts of the Indian biotech sector)

Inappropriate use of antibiotics makes bacterial infections immune to them.
Inappropriate use of antibiotics makes bacterial infections immune to them.
The Ideathon would be spread over two days on March 19 and 20, 2016:
1st Day: Expert overviews and problem identification, datamining and new/novel ‘translatable’ idea generation, business plan creation for the idea. BIRAC will provide access to internet and databases/e-journals.
2nd Day: Presentation to the Expert Panel and Awards Show.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to ‘teams’ (2-5 members) of students (graduates, postgrads, post-docs   and research scholars/JRF/SRF) and Faculty
  • Team members having previous support from BIRAC (in any of the BIRAC schemes) are not eligible.

How to Apply:

  • Log onto to BIRAC’s website and follow the link of BIRAC Idea-thon and the instructions therein.

For further information and queries, the aspiring participants can write to Dr Satya Dash, Head SPED, BIRAC. Details are given on the BIRAC’s website.

Participants have been asked to make their own arrangements for logistics and accommodation. Shortlisted applicants for the event will have to bring in their own laptops for the event.

BIRAC has also categorically mentioned that it reserves the right to determine the award criteria and selection Panel, and such decisions shall be binding.