Kalam Memory: India launches contest for defence innovators, startups

File Photo: Late Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India.

New Delhi: India today launched a contest for defence innovator and startups, to mark the fifth death anniversary of its tallest military scientist and former President Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) opened its second edition of the ‘Dare to Dream 2.0‘ competition for emerging technologies to promote and encourage individuals and startups to do innovation in defence and aerospace technologies in the country.

The contest has been aligned with the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat‘ or ‘Self-Reliant India‘ call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Ministry of Defence statement said. Dr Kalam, also known as The Missile Man of India, had the vision of self-reliance.

“The ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ is an open challenge to promote the innovators and startups of the country. The winners will be decided after due evaluation by an expert committee. Award money up to Rs 1,000,000 ($13,370) for startup and Rs 500,000 ($6,685) to individual category will be given to the winners.

India’s Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh approved the contest for the ‘Ignited Minds’ from both innovators or startups. Further information will be available by DRDO on its website soon.

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