Write-a-Thon First Essay Writing Competition

Write-a-Thon First Essay Writing Competition

National Sports Day is observed every year across India on August 29 to mark the birth anniversary of the legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand who was born on August 29, 1905 and won gold medals in Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1932, and 1936. In addition, this year marks a remarkable first for India, as they are scheduled to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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The City of Austin, Texas uses Summer Intern to spur Innovation

A group of high school interns spent six weeks working within various departments in Austin, Texas’ city government, and the end result was a host of impressive tech-based solutions for civic problems that rival those often provided by private companies!!

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Presents

Write-a-Thon

First Essay Writing Competition

to celebrate

National Sports Day– August 29, 2017

National Sports Day is observed every year across India on August 29 to mark the birth anniversary of the legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand who was born on August 29, 1905 and won gold medals in Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1932, and 1936. In addition, this year marks a remarkable first for India, as they are scheduled to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

2017-08-10-Poster of National Sports Day-final

In light of the prospective sporting events that are scheduled to take place in the country, IP4kids a CSR initiative of S.S. Rana & Co. an Intellectual Property Law Firm, is organizing Write-a-Thon, an annual essay writing competition to give young students an opportunity to understand the role played by intellectual property rights in sports.

Innovation and creativity are the key drivers in the world of sport. In every sporting field, inventors and creators are working behind the scenes to push the boundaries, creating new opportunities for enjoyment and for athletes’ to better their performance. Sports shows Intellectual Property in action. Patents encourage technological advances that result in better sporting equipment. Trademarks, brands and designs contribute to the distinct identity of events, teams and their gear. Copyright-related rights generate the revenues needed for broadcasters to invest in the costly undertaking of broadcasting sports events to fans all over the world. IP rights are the basics of licensing and merchandising agreements that earn revenues to support development of the sports industry.

Themes of the Essay(s)-

Young minds are encouraged to focus on the theme of IP in the field of Sports, for their essays and hence may contemplate writing on topics related to Intellectual Property, Innovation, Broadcasting, Licenses and sponsorship’s, merchandising, etc.

Some of the suggested topics are:

  • Importance of Innovation as a Business Tool in the World of Sport
  • Ambush Marketing surrounding major Sporting Events
  • Personality Rights in the Sporting World
  • Olympic Emblem as a symbol of sporting inspiration
  • Broadcasting & Media Rights in Sport
  • The issue of counterfeiting in the world of sports.

Rules of the Competition

  • Participants should mention “National Sports Day – All India Essay Writing Competition-2017” in the subject line;
  • Entries must be original and in English language only;
  • Only a single entry will be accepted from one participant. Co-authorship (up to 2 authors) is also permitted;
  • The competition is open to essays of up to 3,000 words for School students and 4500 words for college students. Entries outside the word limitation will be disqualified;
  • The essay shall be disqualified if it is plagiarized. Due credit should be given to the concerned author and/or publisher(s) in Bibliography and/or Reference, as the case may be, in proper 19th blue book edition;
  • Summary of the best essay will be published in IP Connect the newsletter of S. S. Rana & Co. on September 4, 2017;[1]
  • The copyrights in the essay shall vest with IP4KIDS and S.S. Rana & Co.;

All entries are to be sent by e-mail to info@ip4kids.in Participants can also upload their essay(s) on the web portal available at www.ip4kids.in;

  1. All entries are to be sent only in MS Word (.doc or .docx) or .pdf format.

Awards[2]

  1. Top 3 winners in each category will be given exciting prizes and sports merchandise, along with participation certificates;
  2. The Awards would be given to students in two categories: a) College and b) School;
  3. The Top Three Winners in the college category will be given an opportunity for a paid Internship at the Firm.
  4. Other deserving participants shall also be presented with certificates;

For further information, please write to us at info@ip4kids.in or call us at 91-11-3056 2000.

Note: The competition intends to provide a platform to the students to share their views and to raise IPR awareness among them. The decision of the Judges shall be final. The organizers of the competition reserve all rights to change the date of announcements of the results and/or the date of announcements and publication of the results. The organizers also reserve the rights to withdraw any or both categories of awards if the entries thus received do not meet the aforesaid criteria. The organizers also reserve all the rights for Publication and reproduction of essay/write ups, due credit in this regard shall be given to the author(s).

[1] The organizers of the competition reserve all rights to change the date of announcements of the results

[2] In case of tie or in case of co-authored articles the prize money shall be divided amongst the participants

The City of Austin, Texas uses Summer Intern to spur Innovation


A group of high school interns spent six weeks working within various departments in Austin, Texas’ city government, and the end result was a host of impressive tech-based solutions for civic problems that rival those often provided by private companies!!

About 20 students were split into four teams and given a chance to meet directly with members of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department, Municipal Court System, Housing Authority, and other agencies in order to learn more about the challenges civil servants face.

The goal of doing the internship this way was twofold: Inspire a desire among the students to work in tech, thereby deepening the pool of available technologists for hire in the coming years; and help civil servants address long-standing problems.

The entire internship program, which was paid, went on for six weeks. Students came in each day around 8 or 9 a.m. and left around 1 p.m. Then they spent their final week working on presentations for their products.

Stakeholders were wowed by what the kids showed them. One team built a chatbot for the Municipal Court after learning that the staff was spending about 2,000 minutes each day handling requests for legal advice, which by law they can’t offer. The chatbot now engages with online users, looks at their individual situations and lays out available options.

Another group went to a City Council meeting, heard complaints about affordability, and developed a calculator that residents could use to find ZIP codes with affordable housing. The other two projects focused on Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department. One is a mobile app, available over here that lists all of the city’s parks, what they offer and how close they are to a user’s present location. It then provides a link to Google Maps to guide people to the park of their choice. The last app was aimed at making the department’s equipment loan system more efficient, tracking what equipment is available, when and where.

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(Source: atxparks.org)