FAQ’s
Who can submit an Idea?
Any Pakistani, any age, any qualification, any gender, living anywhere in the world.
What is the Competition Timeline?

27 Sep. – 8th Nov 2021 (Call For ideas)

8 Nov. 2021 (Last Day to submit ideas)

22-27 Nov. 2021 (City Competitions)

15-17 Dec. 2021 (Provisional Competitions)

17-18 Jan. 2022 (National Competition)

24 Jan. 2022 (Final Results)

If my city is not in the list what should I do?
If your city is not in the list just select the city closest to you.
Security of Idea?

By virtue of getting published, you get the security that your idea was registered with NIB on a specific date/time.
IdeaGist is providing platform for ideas storage. For the past 8 years, there is not been a single incident of idea stealing reported on IdeaGist platform.

Where are the problem statements?
Problem statements are defined under each sector when you press “View More”.
How to submit ideas?
Submit your idea online on www.nibpk.org.
Go to bottom of the page and download guide to “How to submit ideas”
Last date for idea submission?
8th November 2021 is the last date to submit your ideas.
I am located outside Pakistan and am being asked which Province I currently live in. How do I respond?

For overseas Pakistanis, when you register pick a local city and province from Pakistan that your family belongs to.

Scoring Criteria?

Problem Selection?
Visit nibpk.org/call-for-ideas-open/ . Review all six sectors and their problem statements. Select the one most appropriate for your idea. Visit kjsp.ideagist.com and join the community. Complete your profile as innovator.
Can we submit more than one idea?
You can submit multiple ideas in different sectors. Make sure to only submit one idea per sector.
For multiple ideas do I have to fill the form multiple times?
Yes, for multiple ideas you have to fill the form multiple times.
What is SDG?
Sustainable Development Goals.
Can we submit ideas in Urdu?
Yes, you can submit your ideas in Urdu.
What if the product is in process of being patented, how should we mark the question of patent between "yes" and "no"?
You will mark it as yes, because when the idea is in the process of being patented you will get a priority date. Then in the details section you can mention that your idea is in the process of being patented.
Will every idea be considered for presentation or only Short-listed ideas?
Only the shortlisted ideas. In-complete, low quality or sloppy entries will not be entertained.
After idea submission, will mentors guide us? (idea submit krnay k bad kia mentor hamari rehnumai Karyn gay kia?)
Mentors will guide you after idea selection, not after idea submission.
How much time is allotted for presentation?
12 minutes in total, 5 minutes for presentation, 3 minutes for Q & A, 2 minutes for hurdles and 2 minutes for scoring. Judges can add more time for presentation in case there is a need for it. It all depends on judge’s decision.
Which sector does Solar Energy Power belong to?
Renewable energy and fossil fuel or Natural Resources.
Can we submit an idea related to studying/education? (sir ideas study ke hawale se bhi ho sakta)
Yes.
What is meant by: "Idea is patented/protected?
Basically, idea cannot be patented, from protection point of view. You can only copyright it if you have published it somewhere, or you have some research paper that you have that discloses the patent. Product and Process can be patented but idea itself cannot be patented.

Can we edit our already submitted idea?
No, once ideas are submitted they are submitted and there is no editing.
Can we submit idea through Email?
No, you cannot submit idea through Email.
Do we need to use different Email addresses for different ideas when we submit them?
No, you don’t need to use different email addresses, your profile is going to be same, so if you want to submit 10 ideas you can use the same Email.
Is there a fee for anything?
No, there is no fee for anything. If someone asks you for a fee or money to submit your idea, you need to report it to us by sending an email to [email protected]
Will there be feedback on submitted idea?
No, we will be expecting 1000’s of ideas, so it will be impossible to provide feedback on Individual ideas. Only ideas that qualify for the competition round will get mentorship.
Can we submit an idea that solves a problem overseas that has not been implemented in Pakistan yet? (kia hum wo idea forward kar sakte hain jo world me horaha hai lekin pakistan me nhi horaha)
Yes, if it solves any problem in Pakistan you can submit an idea.
Who will present the presentation, Team leader or whole team?
Only the team leader will present the presentation. Full team can be there with the team lead, but due to short time available for the presentation there will not be any opportunity for multiple people to present.
How many total winners will we have?
Six from each city, six from each province and six in the nationals.
Is it a must to work in team?
No, it is not must, but our suggestion for you is to start building a team who believes in your idea, if you are serious about working on your idea.
How many members should be there in one team?
There are no rules on team size, although an ideal startup team is usually between 3 to 5 team members.