The recently concluded DST -Texas Instruments India Innovation Challenge Design Contest 2017 (IICDC) can easily be marked as the “Contest of many firsts” which truly is significant achievement for a contest in nearly a decade of history of its beginning. Some of the remarkable noteworthy feats were,
• 55 patents being filed by the engineering students across various domains
• Attracted largest number of participation with over 15380 students from 965 colleges
• Participation from all the states in India without any exception.
On Friday, 10th August, the top 10 winners of one of India’s largest Design contest for Engineering student were announced during the grand finale held at IIMB. The winners took home a sum of INR 3.8 crore as start-up seed fund, product development fund and cash prizes from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Texas Instruments. They will hereby be incubated at IIM Bangalore’s innovation and entrepreneurship hub – N S Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL). In all, 30 teams made it to the finals after a rigorous selection process.The final 10 winners were chosen after many rounds of discussions and deliberations by a panel of eminent judges.
IIT Kharagpur secured the TI’s Chairman Award for Technical Innovation for their project, ‘Battery Health Management System with Integrated Charger’. Sri M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology from Bangalore won the first runner-up award for their innovation, ‘Underwater and Airborne Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle’ and Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan’s Sardar Patel Institute of Technology from Mumbai was adjudged second runner-up for their innovation ‘Health Set’.
TI’s collaboration with IIM-B , DST, MyGovand NIC has helped nurture young engineers through this contest. In a year-long challenge, the participants were mentored by TI and IIM-B. In addition to driving the whole operation of the contest, TI provided technical resources and guidance throughout the contest along with free tools , cash prizes and mentoring to helpstudent embark their entrepreneurship journey. DST provided funding of Rs 3.5 crores to the student start-ups, which went towards the product development and seed fund. MyGov promoted active participation of the students in the contest, helping them register for the contest from all different corners of the country through the MyGov portal.
We take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners and wish them all the very best for their future endeavor.