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frequently asked questions

Q. How can we participate in these awards?

A. It’s simple. You have to file nomination(s) for your best projects. You can submit a maximum of 3 projects.

Q. Is there a nomination fee?

A. Yes, there is. You’ll need to pay a nomination fee of Rs 10,000 (plus GST) for every project nominated. Each player can submit up to 3 nominations in a year. So, if you’ve deployed many--select your top 3 and nominate them.

Q. Who can participate in these awards?

A. Any organisation which has deployed Open Source in India. In other words, our aim is to recognise India’s best solution providers of Open Source solutions.

Q. How old can the Open Source deployment be? Can we nominate a Proof of Concept (PoC) project?

A. The project should have been fully deployed anywhere between April 2018 and till date of submission of your nomination. No, you cannot nominate a PoC project.

Q. Is there a format to submit nominations?

A. Yes, we have developed the NOMINATION FORM using Google forms. You can view the entire Nomination Form here.

Q. Can you share an indication of the type of information solicited in the nomination form?

A. Sure, here’s a sample list…

  • Category: {Region] + [Category of Solution] + [Scale of Customer]
  • Client: Name of client (organisation) where solution was deployed (you can opt to not name in public)
  • Client’s Contact Person: Contact details of client’s key contact person for our jury to verify
  • The Challenge: Key challenge of customer that you resolved through your solution
  • Proof of Success: Any proof of confirmation of the customer that the challenge has indeed been resolved (in absence of the same, we will require the permission to get this confirmation from the customer)
  • Duration: Date when project started, and ended
  • OSS Selection: List of Open Source solutions/stacks used for this solution
  • Top 3 OSS Selected: List of top 3 open solutions used along with reason for selecting those
  • Your Team: Name and details of your key team members (Max 5) who spear-headed this project
  • Financial Success: What’s the estimated RoI or CTO of this project? Any savings at the customer end that can be shared?

Q. What if I am not allowed to name the customer in the public domain?

A. Not an issue, you can mention that to us. We will not mention the name of the firm, but will only use describing statements like “A leading steel OEM based out of Kolkata”.

Q. How can we make the payment for nominations?

A. You can pay online at OR else send a cheque/DD to EFY Enterprises Pvt Ltd, D-87/1, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase-1. You can also NEFT us on the following details:

  • Bank Name: HDFC Bank Limited
  • Branch: D-23 Defence Colony New Delhi-110024
  • Account name: EFY Enterprises Pvt Ltd
  • Bank Account No: 01342000017209
  • IFSC Code: HDFC0000134
  • MIRC Code: 110240017
  • BSR Code No: 000134
  • Swift Code: HDFCINBB

Q. What’s the deadline for submitting nominations?

A. All nominations must be fully submitted by 7th of October, 2019.

Q. When will we come to know about who’s won?

A. At the awards ceremony--on 17th of October, 2019.

Q. Where, and at what time is the Awards Ceremony?

A. The awards ceremony for Open Source India Awards will be held from 6 pm to 9 pm on the 17th of October at the NIMHANS Convention Center, Bengaluru.

Q. What are the different categories of awards?

A. Being the first initial of awards, we may modify and fine-tune the categories based on submissions received, but for now, we have finalised the following categorisations for OSI awards…

  • Regional: North, West, East, South
  • Type of Project: IT Infrastructure, Business Application, Customised Development
  • Type of Customer: SME, Enterprise, Government, Academia

TIP: You can thereby choose any suitable combination of these categories to submit your nomination. Some examples include:

Example 1: East + IT Infra + Enterprise

Example 2: South + Business Application + SME

Example 3: West + IT Infra + Academia

Q. What about National Level awards?

A. You do NOT have to nominate for those. The best across all regions for specific categories will be awarded the National Awards.

Q. Can you get the Regional and National Awards for the same category?

A. No. If your deployment is selected for the national award, then the next best deployment for that region will be awarded the Regional Award.

Q. Will nominations be rejected too?

A. We hope not. But, if we receive nominations with limited details or not worth reviewing, then we will reject them and refund the money of the nominee.

Q. What if the category you seek is not represented amongst those listed above?

A. Please do let us know at, and we will try to review with our experts and come back if the same can be included or not.

Q. What are the benefits associated with winning Open Source India Awards?

A. The primary benefit is recognition of the good work done by your team. Plus, you will get:

  • The award trophy
  • The award trophy
  • The rights to use Winner of Open Source India Award for Category-Name
  • The rights to use the photo of awards ceremony
  • The rights to use logo of Open Source India Awards
  • Opportunity for your leadership to be interviewed by our journalists for Open Source For You magazine and website
  • Mention, and photo, in the story featuring Open Source India awards in Open Source For You magazine and its website
  • Mention in Press Release announcing winners of Open Source India Awards

Q. What are the benefits associated with nominating for Open Source India Awards?

A. If your nomination is not rejected, then you will be entitled to the following benefits:

  • VIP Pass for two persons, for every nomination filed. Hence, if you file three nominations, you will get six passes.
  • You can invite your customers or business partners to the award functions.
  • You will be awarded a Certificate of Recognition for being a nominee for Open Source India Awards for the specific category.
  • Your nominated project will be featured in a future issue of Open Source For You and its website (

Q. If I have not filed a nomination, but still want to attend the awards function for networking--can I?

A. Our first priority will be to seat our nominees and their guests, and our VIP guests including members of the jury and eminent speakers of Open Source India (conference & expo).

If we still have seats available, then we may announce sale of Networking Passes at a fee of Rs 10,000 (plus GST) per person on 15th of October 2019.

Q. What will happen at the Awards Ceremony?

A. The awards ceremony is expected to include the following elements:

  • Registration and welcome of all nominees
  • Handing out of the awards to all Winners--starting with Regional Awards
  • Presentations by National Awards Winners on their projects
  • Presentation of Jury Awards
  • Light entertainment
  • Networking Dinner