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Project Isaac

Image More than 350 years ago, a 22-year-old student by the name of Isaac Newton at Trinity College, Cambridge, found himself confined to his home, just as so many IITGN students discover themselves today. Trinity sent its students home amidst the Great Plague of London, which would decimate nearly a quarter of the city’s population between 1665 and 1666. It was during this year, sometimes described as his “year of wonders,” that Newton developed some of his profoundest discoveries, including early calculus, as well his theories of optics and gravity. See here.

Let us all take inspiration from Isaac Newton and use the forced confinement caused by Coronavirus to do wondrous things. Use this extended break wisely, to dream ambitiously or to cultivate or hone new skills in writing, painting, coding, creative expression, etc. We will plan to recognise and celebrate the best and most creative work products generated by students during this period when the Institute reopens.

Meanwhile, we are also introducing some exciting and fun challenges for students around leadership, coding and writing, which are increasingly critical skills necessary for professional success. Watch this space for future announcements and contests.

Please share any feedback, comments or suggestions at project.isaac@iitgn.ac.in

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Leadership Challenge
Watch handpicked Ted/TedX talks on leadership and write a 50-100 word summary/insight/observation/reaction to the video and win daily lottery-based cash prizes as well as upto five Rs 5,000 prizes each for best rated commentaries at the end of the contest.
Check out the contest here.

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Project Isaac Showcase
The Project Isaac Showcase will celebrate and showcase the best and most creative work products generated by students during the extended break. Creative products produced by students between March 15-30 are eligible.
For more information, see here.

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Don’t Quarantine Your Cornea!
Watch a TV show episode/movie/documentary/web series that you love, and write a 300-500 word review of it. Win two cash prizes (Rs 100) for the best reviews daily as well as weekly prizes for most liked reviews (Rs 500). There will be larger, special cash prizes at the end of the contest for the best and most popular individual reviewers.
Check out the contest here.

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12 Days of Code
New coding problems will be released everyday at 4:00 P.M. and will be available for 24 hours over the next 12 days. Earn some cool swag and cookies. One cash prize (Rs 100) for the top contestant and one prize selected randomly from the top 10 contestants daily. Also win T-shirts and larger prizes at the conclusion of the contest.
Check out the contest here.

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KPCSD Covid-19 Research Awards
The Kiran C Patel Centre for Sustainable Development is establishing the Covid-19 Research Awards to encourage Covid-19 research at IIT Gandhinagar. IITGN students and faculty in any field who undertake impactful work on Covid-19 over the next three months that leads to a research publication are eligible for awards of Rs 2 lakhs each.
For more information, See here.

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Programming Challenge
In this challenge, both newcomers to Python as well as students familiar with coding, will develop a Python code for the classic board game of Battleship to win multiple prizes ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,500.
Check out the contest here.



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Surgiranshu: Sanskrit Subhashita Contest
Every day, one Subhashita will be posted on our Facebook page. You are invited to comment on the shloka and the best comment will win a cash prize of Rs. 200. Comments can have the gist /a real-life example /scene from a book or movie /your own fictional piece or reflective thoughts on the shloka.
Check out the contest here.

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Covid 19 Innovation Awards
The IIEC is pleased to announce the Covid-19 Innovation Awards for innovative solutions to address urgent technical, social, health or financial challenges caused by the Covid-19 crisis. The awards are open to IITGN students, faculty, staff and alumni.
For more information, See here.

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Visual Story Challenge
Your challenge is to create a visual narrative or a story with pictures or visuals with only a few words on the impact of the Coronavirus on individuals and community. The top submissions will receive cumulative cash awards of Rs 10,000.
Check out the contest here.