Times of India Lost Votes Challenge 2020

Times of India Lost Votes Challenge is of the largest collective challenge powered by the motive to find the tech solutions which can provide a platform to find an effective, immediate, and permanent solution to the lost votes.

This is an opportunity for all the tech enthusiasts to solve our nation’s critical problem of the lost votes. Your idea can find 29 crores lost votes.

➥About the Challenge

Lost votes is The Times of India’s largest-ever collective campaign aimed at getting the right to voting for those who have moved away from the address where their vote is registered.

Drawing nation-wide attention, the publication with each step in the campaign parsed awareness to millions of migrated voters and concerned citizens on the importance of casting their vote and the urgency of addressing the gap.

As per the insights gained during the campaign roll-out, 290 million eligible voters were unable to exercise their right to vote, due to migration without a permanent local address.

➥Problem Statement

Many Indians move on for work or education. Many things like bank accounts and mobile numbers automatically travel with us. But our right to votes is tied to the place where it’s registered in.

An individual must be physically present where they are registered on polling day to be allowed to vote.

It needs to be changed. It should be possible for every Indian to vote irrespective of where he or she may be temporarily located.

The objective of the Times of India Lost Votes Challenge:

“Is to design a strong and secure technological solution or prototype that will allow electors to vote without having to go to the designated polling stations of their respective constituencies.”

The proposed solution must address the various facets of the problem like voter identification, authorization, encryption of votes using secure technology, and at the same time be feasible to scale and implemented across every part of the country.


Phase  Date
Launch04th October 2020
Last date to submit the solution03rd November 2020 – 23:59
Shortlist AnnouncementTo be Announced later
Final Round and Declaration of WinnersTo be Announced later


➥Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be judged equally across 4 criteria on whether the solution solves the problem and uses technology effectively.

Completeness – How fully has the idea been implemented? Can it achieve an impact on the field?

Effectiveness and efficiency – Does the solution address a high priority area? Does it achieve its goal effectively and efficiently?

Design and usability – How good are the design, user experience, and ease of use of the solution? How quickly can it be put to use?

Creativity and innovation – How unique was the approach to solve the problem?


1.Cash prizes:

    1. Winner: INR 2 Lacs
    2. Runner up: INR 1 Lacs
    3. 1st Runner up INR 50,000/-

2.Accolades: Top 10 teams to receive certificates and 2 years access to GitHub Team worth $5000


The last date to register for this program is 3 November 2020

Times of India Lost Votes Challenge Notification here.

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