Toycathon-2021 and Toycathon Portal | UPSC

Toycathon-2021 and Toycathon Portal | UPSC

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Union Education Minister and Union Minister WCD and Textiles jointly launch Toycathon-2021 and Toycathon Portal

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Currently, India’s toy market stands at around 1.5 Billion USD, which primarily is dominated by imported toys.

ABOUT TOYCATHON 2021

  • India, despite being a home of many globally popular games like Chess, Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, is not among leading developers and manufacturers of toys.
  • Under the ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ initiated by our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Toycathon-2021 is conceived to challenge India’s innovative minds to conceptualize novel Toy and Games.

It will be based on Bharatiya civilization, history, culture, mythology and ethos

  • Moreover, majority of these toys do not represent Indian heritage, civilization and value systems.

AIM

  • The Toycathon aims to capture innovative prowess of 33 crores students across the country.

Toycathon aims to tap India’s one billion USD toy market

  • Toycathon to capture innovative prowess of 33 crores students ; School children to innovate, design and conceptualize toys.

ORGANISERS

Toycathon 2021 is an inter-ministerial initiative organized by Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell

Ministry of Education’s Innovation cell will be support by :

  • All India Council for Technical Education
  • Ministry of Women and Child Development
  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • Ministry of MSME
  • Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

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FOCUS OF TOYCATHON 2021

  • Toy/Games concepts based on Indian civilization, heritage, culture, mythology,history, ethos, technology, ethnicity, national heroes and important events.
  • Inculcate positive behaviour and good values(‘Sanskaar’).
  • Toys for specially-abled/ Divyanga children.
  • Boosting physical and mental fitness.

Using eco-friendly, indigenous, non-hazardous or recycled material

  • Focus on promoting Vedic Mathematics.
  • Encouraging national unity and respecting the cultural diversity.
  • Supporting missions like Swacch Bharat, BetiBachaoBetiPadhao, Environment Conservation, Climate Change, Digital India, Skill India, Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.
  • Rediscovering/redesigning traditional Indian toys.
  • Toys for pedagogy (for teaching students’difficult concepts in Math, Science, Languages, Social Sciences, etc.)

SIGNIFICANCE

While this will greatly help India develop into a global hub for toys and games

HACKATHON PROCESS

LAUNCH OF TOYCATHON 2021

  • Toycathon 2021 will be launched on 5th January, 2021 at 2 p.m.
  • On 5th January, 2021 at 5 p.m. this portal will be up for idea submission.
  • Participants can start registration process by 5th January.

REGISTRATION AND IDEA SUBMISSION

Participants should take a look at the problem statements given under themes tab on the home page

  • If a problem statement seems suitable then they will have an idea for a toy/game on it, Participants should prepare the remaining requirements in the form and submit the idea in the prescribed format.
  • The last date of submission of ideas is 20th January, 2021.

PHASE 1 – ONLINE SCRUTINY

  • An online scrutiny by a team of expert evaluators will begin as soon as the ideas are submitted.
  • The evaluators shall judge participants idea based on predetermined criteria.
  • Based on the scrutiny, which will continue till 8th February, 2021 a list of shortlisted teams for Grand Finale will be declared on 12th February.

PHASE 2 – GRAND FINALE – PHYSICAL MODE

Grand Finale will take place at a Nodal Center or an ATL near the participant

  • Participants along with the team and mentors will report there on 23rd February, 2021 as per the schedule given.
  • The manufacturing/prototyping activity will go on over 23rd-25th February, 2021 slot as per the schedule for different tracks.
  • There will be numerous mentoring and evaluation sessions in this time period.

DECLARATION OF RESULTS

Based on the scrutiny in the Grand Finale, the best ideas selected to receive prizes and for online presentation in Toy Fair will be declared
 

THEMES FOR TOY HACKATHON

  • Indian Culture, History, Knowledge of India and Ethos
  • Learning, Education and Schooling
  • Social and human value
  • Occupations & specific fields
  • Environment
  • Divyang
  • Fitness and sport
  • Out of the box, creative and logical thinking
  • Rediscovering/redesigning traditional Indian toys

PRIZE

  • Toycathon 2021 is a unique opportunity for Students, Teachers, Start-ups and Toy experts/professionals in India to submit their innovative toys/games concepts and win large number of prizes worth Rs. 50 lakhs.

Winners of Toycathon 2021 will also get an opportunity to showcase their concepts during ‘National Toy Fair’ starting 27th Feb

  • Moreover, efforts will be made to commercialize the exceptional toy concepts will support from Industry and investors.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • The Toycathon will allow participation of students and teachers from schools, colleges and universities apart from startups and toy experts.
  • Participants will have two options for idea submission; they can either submit ideas for the published problem statements or under novel toy concepts category.
SUGGESTED READING : https://toycathon.mic.gov.in 
     SOURCES:  PIB    | Toycathon-2021 and Toycathon Portal | UPSC

 

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