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Economic Times | By ET Bureau | March 01, 2016 |

NEW DELHI: Students from a clutch of Indian colleges have come up with two innovations in the communications space. Presented at the recently held ‘Tata IIT Delhi Pioneer’s Makerthon‘, a competition to build the messaging tool of the future. The competition was jointly created by ‘Tryst’, a technical event of IIT Delhi and the Tata group . The winning team ‘Pojo’ comprised of Ankur Singh, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT Delhi), Ishan Khanna, Bhagwan Parshuram Institute of Technology, Mayank Sharma, National Institute of Design (NIT) Delhi and Saurav Tomar, Delhi Technological University (DTU), have built a successful prototype to democratise video conferencing. The concept can enable video calling on low bandwidth speeds by advanced techniques of compression and face tracking.  The runners-up team ‘Chitchatters’ comprised of Anoosh Kotak, Ojasvi Alankar, Deepak Bansal, and Jitendra Gadhwal, all from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, have built a messaging app that uses algorithms to detect topics of mutual interest between two ‘chatters’ and suggest content accordingly, in a bid to make online messaging more exciting.

The winning team was awarded Rs 2 lakh and the runner-up team was awarded Rs 1 lakh as prize money.  Chief technology officer of Tata Sons, Dr. Gopichand Katragadda said the students were encouraged to ‘make’ and go beyond an idea into a working prototype. “The specific challenge provided at this edition of the event was to create the future of messaging. I congratulate all the teams for their outstanding prototype models and encourage them to not stop in their pursuit for excellence.” The event was conducted in 3 stages. The first round required a one page abstract of the idea along with the wire-frames of the tool. Following this, shortlisted teams were invited for Makerthon that was held at IIT Delhi. Here, teams were required to build working prototypes of the messaging tool during the event.  The teams sweated it out over a period of two days, to build their app under the careful mentorship of TCS, who helped them fine tune their working model. Praveen Gupta, Head of Brand Marketing and Digital, Tata Teleservices selected the top 5 teams for the finals. The top 5 teams battled it out in front of judges, Dr. Katragadda and Sandeep Saxena, Principal Innovation Evangelist, TCS. –  Courtesy      /      http://www.tryst-iitd.com


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