The India Innovation Challenge Design Contest (IICDC), one of India’s premier innovation platforms for engineering students, continues to grow bigger. The recently concluded 2018 edition of IICDC was notable for a number of reasons.
Some of these included:
* Participation by 1760 colleges and 26511 students
* A total of 10,146 ideas submitted
* A record 116 patents filed by the 30 finalists of the contest
On July 23rd, the Top 10 Incubates of IICDC 2018 were announced during the grand finale held in IIM Bangalore. The 10 Incubates will get an opportunity to take their start-up idea from the lab to the market, supported by a seed fund of INR 20 lakhs each from Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The teams will be incubated at IIM Bangalore’s innovation and entrepreneurship hub – N S Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) and supported by Technical mentorship from Texas Instruments along with access to TI tools and technology.
“The diversity of students fuelled the diversity of ideas. For instance, several ideas focus on agriculture – a segment widely deprived of technology advances. Interestingly, more than 90% of participation comes from Tier II and Tier III towns. That’s the kind of grassroots innovation we want to drive through IICDC” said Sanjay Srivastava, Director, TI India University Program.
Dr. Anita Gupta, Associate Head, DST said, “We continue to partner with IICDC because it is a unique, powerful platform to drive student-led, tech-focused innovation. DST’s goal is to transform India to a global hub for innovation in science and technology. We also want to support innovation that can make an impact on the ground, tackling social, economic and environmental challenges. Our seed funding to the winning teams aims to bring the best of these ideas to life.”
Photograph: Launch of IICDC 2019
To host a contest that lasts for an entire year and covers the entire country would not have been possible without the support of partners like DST, IIMB, NSRCEL and MyGov. We also take this opportunity to thank the numerous evaluators and mentors, who were involved in the process every step of the way, for being a part of IICDC 2018.
Professor Venkatesh Panchapagesan, Chair, NSRCEL at IIMB said “We believe strongly that we can aid in the creation of sustainable technical ventures through our expertise in developing businesses. Our collaboration with TI and DST in the last 4 years’ IICDC is a testimony to that.”
Though one journey has ended, another begins with IICDC 2019 and we are very excited for two reasons. The first is that we are happy and proud to welcome a prestigious and well-known body like AICTE on board as partners. With AICTE’s support, we are sure that IICDC’s ambition to become the premier platform for innovation in the country will be realized. Highlighting this promise of reaching newer heights, we are also unveiling a new logo for IICDC!
Speaking on the association with IICDC, Prof. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE said, “AICTE’s mission to develop robust technical institutions and promote a scientific mind-set is perfectly aligned with IICDC’s mission to strengthen technical innovation in India. We see students as India’s change-makers with the responsibility to drive cutting-edge technological innovation. We understand that the next big idea can come from any corner of the country! Our message to the student community is simple – no matter which college you study in or which pin code you reside in, if you have a powerful idea and a drive to make a difference, IICDC will give you an opportunity to achieve your goal.”
IICDC 2018 – TOP 10 Incubates
|Sl.No||College Name||Project Title|
|1||Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandals Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of Engineering||Soil Constituents Detector|
|2||Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai||IoT BASED POCKET ASSISTANT TO QUIT SMOKING|
|3||Chitkara University, Patiala||Smart Weather Monitoring System|
|4||Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College||Pole line fault detection system|
|5||KLE Dr.M.S.Sheshgiri college of engineering and technology||Vama Sansadhan Yantra-Technology to Ayurvedic Sciences|
|6||SRM Institute of Science and Technology||Walkity: Never Walk Alone|
|7||Bhartiya Vidya Bhavans Sardar Patel Institute of Technology||BiomS – the prosthetic that adapts for you|
|8||University Vishweshwaraya College of Engineering||Smart Airbag protection for two-wheel riders.|
|9||Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology||Foodin’|
|10||Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology||Oxyserve|
Among the other winners were the team from SRM Institute of Science & Technology, which won the Chairman Award for Technical Innovation and complexity for their project on Inkless Printing Technology. A. P. Shah Institute of Technology was the first runners up for their innovation, ‘Solar Energy Harvesting for Wireless Sensor Node’ and Sri Manakula Vinayagar Engineering College was adjudged second runners up award for their innovation, ‘Mustard Seed Processor Machine’.
This year’s edition saw 116 patents filed – the highest in the history of IICDC. Leading the charge were the team from Shri Ramakrishna Institute of Technology, who filed an incredible 12 patents for their smart fishing boat concept and, for which, they were felicitated with a special award.
We wish all the winners the very best for their future endeavours!
Registrations for IICDC 2019 are open till August 30, 2019. Students can register their innovative ideas and participate in the contest through this link: https://innovate.mygov.in/iicdc2019/