We Fund Open Source Prototypes in Public-Interest Technologies
The Prototype Fund supports ideas in Arts & Culture, Health & Education and Livelihood (Environment, food & water, shelter,clothing). We want to provide our students – individual software developers, hackers, UX designers and small teams with the opportunity to codeand develop innovative open source applications in the area of public interest technologies – implement innovative software prototypeswith a beneﬁt for society.
Applications are accepted 4 times a year. The individual students / project teams will receive up to Rs. 50,000 over six months from theOfﬁce of Research & Innovation, IIITB. With this concept-to-prototype funding, they can write code and develop a ﬁrst prototype of your software. In addition, we will connect them with tech and other relevant communities, support them with coaching, and advise them on project implementation andcommunication.
Only applicants who are currently studying in IIITB are eligible for funding. If you are interested in the funding program, take a look atour funding criteria and FAQ. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to help!
The following experts support us with their knowledge and experience in the fields of civic tech, open data, IT security, infrastructure and open source software. They evaluate the applications in terms of potential for success and relevance, and make a recommendation on the basis of which IIITB-ORI makes its prototype funding decision.
Registrar Cmde Sridhar
Prof. Srinath Srinivasa
Prof. Chandrashekar Ramanathan
Application Opens: 27th Nov - 10th Dec
Winner Announcement: 18th Dec
Kick-off Workshop: 18th Jan
Demo Day: 18th Jul
Application Opens: 18th Feb - 1st Mar
Winner Announcement: 18th Mar
Kick-off Workshop: 18th April
Demo Day: 18th Oct
Application Opens: 18th May - 1st Jun
Winner Announcement: 18th Jun
Kick-off Workshop: 18th Jul
Demo Day: 18th Jan
Application Opens: 18th Aug - 1st Sep
Winner Announcement: 18th Sep
Kick-off Workshop: 18th Oct
Demo Day: 18th Apr
The jury focuses particularly on the following criteria in its evaluation.
Frequently answered questions about Prototype Fund and related procedures.
Are you an evangelist of Open Source and want to address Societal Issues?
An Initiative of Dean’s Office of Research & Innovation, 21st Nov 2021