NOVATE is the annual innovation challenge of Chitkara University. Each year we identify problems, which affect our lives and of those around us. We call upon thinkers, innovators, makers and implementers to find innovative solutions to the problems, so that we can make a small difference to somebody near us. NOVATE is organised in three different verticals for addressing problems from different domains :
1. NOVATE (Annual Problem Solving Challenge for Communities)– Identification of problems of community partners (b) Village panchayats and (c) K-12 schools, working for 8 months cycle every year (from Oct to March next year) to find solutions to these problems. This is being done through the sarpanches of the five adopted villages, NGOs and NSS wing.
2. NOVATE+ (Annual problem solving challenge for campus): Chitkara University houses 10,000 students and 2000 employees on any given day. This township faces challenges on day-to-day basis, which requires multidisciplinary solutions to emerge out. These problems are similar in campuses of HEIs of the region. NOVATE+ would identify these challenges and encourage students to work and find solutions, for which they earn credits. Industries such as NXP, Applied Materials, Mahindra and Mahindra endorse this movement.
3. NOVATE++ (Annual problem solving challenge for SMEs): Being in the land of entrepreneurs and jugad innovators, Chitkara University has established close tie-ups with SMEs. NOVATE++ hackathon will focus on SME problems and PG and PhD students would work in CoEs and research centres to find solutions to their problems.
The uniqueness of the NOVATE is in its purpose and continuity, and that it lets students to earn credit for each problem they solve. The focus of each vertical is on a set of stake holders and yet it weaves intricately into the academic framework. NOVATE lets students from different disciplines to come together and bring workable solutions to the table, letting longitudnal and lateral movement of knowledge and skills.