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The India Innovation Challenge Design Contest 2017 (IICDC) has seen great success as a platform for students to display their ingenuity and enterprise. Organized by Texas Instruments, in association with Department of Science and Technology (DST), IICDC 2017 has received over 5,049 ideas from 965 Indian engineering colleges. The IICDC is anchored by NSRCEL, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) and supported by MyGov.
After a series of screenings, 510 teams made it through to the Quarterfinals where they were given the opportunity to convert their innovative engineering idea into a market -ready product. Teams received business and technical mentoring from IIMB and TI in this phase of the contest through several videos, blogs and MOOCs (massive open online courses). 325 teams submitted their Business and Technical videos for evaluation on the MyGov portal.
Click here to find out which teams have qualified for the next round.
Teams qualified for the Quarterfinals were provided TI-parts to build their prototype.
Their proof of concepts has been rigorously appraised by a team of 50 Business evaluators and TI Technical experts. The evaluations were conducted online on MyGov portal against a framework designed by TI and IIMB. Each Video submission was reviewed by two evaluators.
The ideas were judged on a variety of factors, eg:
Here is what some of the evaluators had to say:
“IIDC has been a wonderful platform for enterprising youth to come up with products that impact the future. The proposals were diverse; ranging from extremely creative, futuristic to dynamic. I wish all the candidates a very bright, innovative and successful future. It’s been an immensely enriching experience being part of this evaluation process,”
– Kiran Jaisimha, Manager (R&D) of Broadcom Ltd.
“The projects submitted by the young engineers are great. We need to have more of these innovation challenges to help India develop and progress. Some of the projects were unique, especially those in the agriculture space. We need to guide students on how to take it further when it comes to marketing, etc. I thank Texas Instruments for designing this program. The future of India is in bright hands,”
– Anshu Sharma, MD, Achievers IAS Academy (IIMB Alumni)
Way forward for the shortlisted teams?The shortlisted teams from the Quarterfinals will advance to the Semifinals.