DESI 2019

NATIONAL SPORTS ENGINEERING PRODUCT DESIGN CONTEST (DESI 2019) aims to engage and inspire sports loving students and public with engineering acumen to dream, design and develop low cost desi Sporting Machines to make India Sports Superpower.


June 29, 2019



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  • Jallikkatt is a wonderful sporting event of India. In this unique sport, human beings are competing with bulls to show the power and determination of human beings. Many have succumbed to injuries and death during Jallikkatt. It is the responsibility of sports engineering domain to make every sports safe for the participants. If you can invent protective gears such as jacket and helmet for jallikkattu, it will obviously reduce the causalities. Can you make it?


  • Bullock cart race is a traditional sport event of India. What about professionalizing Bullock Cart Race, with light weight modern cart? What about inventing some new tool instead of using traditional whip to manage the bull? The tool should help the rider to control the bull without causing any pain. If you can imagine, we can do it. Sometimes, it will become an international sporting event like horse riding.


  • Adidas is the official football maker of FIFA. The sports engineering department of Loughborough University of UK designs new football models for Adidas. Telstar18, the football of 2018 Fifa world cup and Brazuca, the football of 2014 world cup were manufactured in Pakistan. Jabulani, the ball of 2010 world cup was manufactured in China. But, the warm up matches of 2014 world cup was played with footballs manufactured in India. It shows India’s possibilities to compete with Pakistan and China to make football for next world cup. If you can dream of some significant changes in existing football models sometimes that may help us to develop a DESI football and will get a chance to make football for 2022 World Cup. Can you make it?

Sports & Management Research Institute (SMRI) is the topmost Sports Management and Sports Engineering Research Institute in India, working to make India a sports superpower. We strongly believe that advanced low cost sporting machines are a must to professionalize Indian sports and to enhance the performance of Indian athletes. The second edition of NATIONAL SPORTS ENGINEERING PRODUCT DESIGN CONTEST (DESI 2019) aims to engage and inspire sports loving students and public with engineering acumen to dream, design and develop low cost desi Sporting Machines to make India Sports Superpower. The selected ideas of the previous contest is going through the development stage.

SMRI invites sports loving students and public with engineering acumen to participate in DESI 2019 with innovative, low cost DESI sporting machine designs or prototype or final product. The product should be a low cost one. It is not compulsory that the product is new to the world. You can copy the model of an existing product, but the improved product should be ‘economical’ to our sports ecosystem. Improvement in existing design, innovation to reduce the production cost etc. will also be considered.

Your Own IDEA: The above mentioned 3 ideas are originated from the classrooms of Sports & Management Research Institute (SMRI). If you can dream, design and develop, a different DESI SPORTING MACHINE which is not mentioned above, you are welcome with your idea. The idea must be just related to Sports or must be a product that helps the mobility of differently abled persons such as low cost automated wheelchair.


  • Contest is open to all. People across the world can participate. But, if the idea is selected for implementation, it will be manufactured in India.
  • The presentation of the idea should be in English only.
  • You can participate as an individual or team
  • Registration fee for the individual is 1500 and for team Rs.1000 per team member


  • Abstract of the IDEA Submission: Abstracts not exceeding 500 words in word format along with the registration fee should be sent to the Organizing Secretary through email at on or before 9th June, 2019. In the case of rejection of abstract of the idea, registration fee will be refunded.
  • Submission of Completed Proposal/Prototype Documents: Completed Proposal/Prototype Documents in appropriate form or format should be submitted latest by 19th June, 2018.
  • Date of Contest & presentation: June 29, 2019

The venue of the DESI 2019 will be Thiruvananthapuram. Apart from contestants, researchers, students and investors are invited to be part of the contest.

Payment Process

The payment for the registration can be made through DD drawn in favour of ‘M/S Synergians Society’ payable at Ernakulam. You can also use net banking for the payment using the below information.

Bank: HDFC Bank

Branch: Kadavanthra Ernakulam

IFSC Code: HDFC0000295

A/C Number: 50200001014343



In the first round, the abstract will be screened and the contestants will be interviewed by the sports engineering expert through skype or any other suitable mode. The ideas shortlisted in the first round will be judged by a team of noted athletes, sports engineers and technocrats during DESI 2018 contest. Their judgement will be final.

Prizes and Way forward:

  • All technically feasible and financially viable ideas selected for implementation will be awarded 10,000 each
  • If the owner of the idea likes to start a company to manufacture and market his idea, idea will be presented to seed funding agencies such as KSIDC and will be promoted in crowd funding platforms for financial assistance.
  • If the owner of the idea likes to share his/her idea with other companies, idea will be presented to the companies which like to manufacture and market such products.


Rules & Regulations:

  1. Open to all Indians without age limits
  2. Design ideas must be original or the process of manufacturing must be different and low cost and has not yet to be commercialized, displayed or shown to any manufacturer.
  3. The following persons are NOT eligible to participate in the Competition:
  4. Permanent employees of the Organiser including their respective immediate family members, meaning parents, spouse, children and siblings.
  5. Representatives and/or agents (including advertising agents and Competition management agents) of the Organiser, including their respective immediate family members, meaning parents, spouse, children and siblings.
  6. The organizer has the right to reject and revoke any entries and prizes, if they are found to have not original or commercialized one.
  7. The organiser cannot be held liable and responsible for any damages, claims and loss of ideas before and after the competition.
  8. Design protection according to the Intellectual Property Rights Act – All participants are encouraged to register their designs under the Intellectual Property Act and to keep all documentations as proof of ownerships before sending and exposing their design to the organiser.
  9. Selected designs will be kept for the promotion and documentation purposes.
  10. The winners will be notified via phone or email and/or major newspapers or any other means of communication deemed fit by the Organiser based on the details furnished during the participation. The Organiser shall not be held liable in the event that the winners cannot be contacted for whatever reasons. The Organiser shall not be held liable in the event of non-receipt or delayed delivery of any notification to the winner(s).
  11. If the winners failed to respond to the notification within one month the prize will be forfeited.
  12. The Organiser reserves the right to withdraw the prizes in the event that the winners do not comply with the Competition terms and conditions.
  13. The organiser will inform any participants if their submission is selected for commercialisation and they also have the right to receive any compensation based on the agreement between both parties.
  14. Unsuccessful submission can be collected from the organiser within one month after the winning announcement. Any unclaimed submission after that will be disposed.
  15. Participation in this Competition and acceptance of the prizes constitutes an irrevocable permission for the Organiser to use the winners’ names and photographs for purposes of publicity and advertisement without any compensation or need for prior notification to the winners.
  16. The Organiser shall not be responsible nor shall bear any liabilities of whatsoever nature and however arising or suffered by the participants and/or third parties resulting directly or indirectly from the Competition and/or the Prizes. Winners shall assume full liability and responsibility in case of any liability, mishap, injury, damage, claim or accidents (including death) resulting from their participation in this Competition, redemption and/or utilisation of prizes.
  17. By participating in this Competition, participants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions, and all decisions by the Organiser are final and binding. The Organiser reserves the right to change, amend, add or delete any of these Terms and Conditions without prior notice at any time and participants shall be bound by such changes. The Organiser is not obligated to give any reasons on any matter in the Competition.






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