Qualcomm Design in India Challenge – 2018


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The Qualcomm Design in India Challenge –2018 (QDIC 2018) is a continuation of the initiative by Qualcomm that was started in 2016 to encourage design houses and product companies to invent useful and innovative hardware product designs incorporating Qualcomm chipset platforms and technologies.

It has been inspired by the tremendous potential of Smart Devices and products that can be built in the domains of Smart Infrastructure, Biometric Devices, Payment Terminals, Agricultural Technology, Medical Technology and Rural IoT.

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society, Qualcomm is glad to offer support to India’s technology ecosystem through the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2018.

In its third edition, with this design challenge, Qualcomm continues to spur the domestic hardware ecosystem which will positively impact the product ecosystem of design and enhance the manufacturing facilities in India.

Benefits of Qualcomm Design in India Challenge – 2018


  1. Patent Filing Incentive: Qualcomm will reimburse each startup an amount of USD2500 for a full patent application filed with either the US PTO or India PTO in respect of the proposal for QDIC and during the incubation phase of the program (at the prevailing exchange rate). Limited to 2 patent applications per startup. Please see terms and Conditions for details.
  2. Access to Accelerator Program Services: Qualcomm, through its partner, will offer accelerator services to all startups at no additional cost, which would include Diagnostic assessments, Workshop interventions on scaling parameters like operations, customers, competition, product, financials, team and seeking investments. Monthly one on one mentoring sessions from subject matter experts will be provided to interested startups for each scaling parameter.
  3. Govt. connects: Opportunity to connect with MeitY in person; meet and greet sessions would be offered.
  4. Mobile and Aadhar Security Training: For startups in the fintech space, Qualcomm will offer free training on mobile and aadhar security covering Aadhar Spec 2.0 and building solutions based on its platforms.


Qualcomm Design in India Challenge Application Deadline


April22,2018 is the last date for the online submission of product design and ideas. Upto 15 companies will be shortlisted and will be given a prize money $10,000 each in the month of May. Incubation will happen from June 2018 to Feb 2019 & Finale will happen on March 2019.

Winner will receive $ 100, 000 and the runner ups will get $75,000 & 50,000 each.