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India Innovation Initiative 2017 (i3)

India Innovation Initiative or i3 is one of India’s largest and most-awaited innovation challenges jointly-promoted by the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to identify, reward and recognize the top innovators from across the country and to enable commercialisation of the best, home-grown innovations through incubation support, mentorship, investor and industry connect. Now in its 9th edition, the focus of i3 2017 is on identifying high-potential innovators who have developed innovations with high-impact, and orienting and training them to become entrepreneurs. This year, the focus is on the human aspect, developing key entrepreneurship skills of innovators for maximum impact.


India Innovation Initiative (i3) is one of India’s most prestigious and most-awaited national innovation challenges promoted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) that aims to encourage, enable and provide support to the development of home-grown, high-impact science & technology-based innovations and their transformation into viable and scalable commercial and social ventures.

Since its inception in 2009, it has been connecting original innovations having high social or industrial impact with the start-up ecosystem of business incubators, angel investors, venture capitalists and mentors at different stages of the innovation or business cycle, after they undergo a highly- competitive selection-process.

Benefits for Innovators

There are lots of reasons, but most importantly because..

  • The top 100 will get the opportunity to present their innovations in front of a Jury in the Regional Fairs
  • Top 100 innovators selected will get exclusive pre-incubation entrepreneurship training as part of the Regional Fairs
  • The Top 20 innovators selected from the regional fairs will get to present their innovations at the i3 National Fair live in front of a Grand Jury for the i3 Top Awards.
  • The winners of the i3 Top Awards will be recognized and awarded at the Awards function.
  • Get access to incubation and connect to investor network
  • Opportunity to receive mentorship support from serial entrepreneurs, investors and senior corporate professionals
  • Networking with start-up ecosystem experts – incubator and accelerators, investors , mentors, senior corporates, academia and government officials. AICTE Notification –   Programme Details…Click here  http://www.i3.ciiinnovation.in/noc-programme-details-2017.php       /      http://www.i3.ciiinnovation.in/

Soon, a Student Satellite (STUDSAT-2) that tracks ships

Students of the consortium of colleges at work in their laboratory

Students belonging to engineering colleges in the city and state are developing a satellite which can track ship movements and prevent collision of ships. The Student Satellite (STUDSAT-2) which is currently being developed by a consortium of colleges and to be launched by ISRO will carry an Automatic Identification System (AIS) for ship tracking payload. “One of the payloads which will be onboard the STUDSAT-2 is an AIS for ship-tracking. So far, AISes have been ground-based and for the first time, a nano satellite will be carrying an AIS for ship tracking,” said STUDSAT-2 project director Dr S Sandhya. AISes can track ships, avoid collision of ships and also help in the smooth movement of vessels in the deep seas. In 2011, ISRO had launched RESOURCESAT-2 which carried an AIS payload from COMDEV, Canada, which provides ship surveillance in VHF band.

Also onboard the STUDSAT-2 will be a HAM radio payload. “We will have another payload to help the HAM community connect with each other and help in communication during times of disasters and natural calamities,” Sandhya said. She added that the team of students who have been working on the development of the satellite have already completed the design flow. “The design stage has been completed the components have been selected and the first cut has been made. The mission is in progress very well and we are waiting for ISRO which is coming out with new guidelines for student satellites,” she added.

A team of more than 150 students is involved in the STUDSAT-2 project, which is likely to be launched by 2019. STUDSAT-2 is a successor of India’s first pico (miniature) satellite- STUDSAT, which was launched in 2010 by ISRO. It is being developed by students of seven colleges, namely: Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, NMAM Institute of Technology, MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Sri Siddhartha Institute of Technology, RNS Institute of Technology and Nagarjuna College of Engineering and Technology. – Courtesy

Coimbatore student, researcher (Santhiya Rajan and G Suresh) get grants to develop path finder for visually impaired

The Times of India | Adarsh Jain | TNN | Jul 19, 2017 |

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COIMBATORE: A final year student of Sri Eshwar Engineering College and a research scholar of PSG College of Technology have been awarded Rs 10 lakh by the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) to develop a path detector for visually challenged people.  The innovators have developed a prototype and will be developing the final product using this grant.  Santhiya Rajan and G Suresh of Sri Eshwar College of Engineering received communication from Naveen Vashishta, director of NSTEDB, informing them about the grant under National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovation programme (NIDHI).  Santhiya is a final year student of electrical and electronics engineering at Eshwar College, and Suresh is a research scholar at PSGTech.
Suresh was earlier a faculty at Eshwar College and had collaborated with Santhiya to work on this project “The product is designed for blind people to navigate easily using electronics and micro-processor. It uses ultrasonic sensor and tactile feedback system to detect obstacles,” Santhiya said.  The tool will help visually challenged to become self-dependent, said Santhiya. “To earn a living it is very essential for them to have a safe and independent mobility support. This project helps visually impaired people acclimatise with their environment,” she said. “A white cane does not help in identifying the path easily. It fails to detect obstacles above knee-level. Also, it does not provide any information about the kind of obstacle,” said Santhiya. The innovators also say that white cane users have difficulty detecting protruding bars (most white canes fail) or moving vehicles until they are dangerously close, which leads to collisions and falls.  “The limited capability of the white cane corresponds to its length and a user’s manouvering skills. As such, users rarely detect overhanging obstacles at head-level or ranges further than approximately 1 m from the user,” said Suresh. To aid visually impaired people navigate more confidently, this smart cane called ‘path detector’ identifies obstacles within an average person’s focus area using ultrasonic sensors and a camera. “The ultrasonic sensors perceive the presence of obstacles while the camera distinguishes the obstacle,” Suresh said.  The existence of human being in their vicinity is intimated by voice output and user is alerted of other impediments detected by ultrasonic sensors. In addition, this path detector functions as a Walkman and as a recorder. The device operates in two modes — indoor and outdoor. – Courtesy

This teenage ‘engineer’ (Ayush Semele) from MP needs no college degree to help the poor

Hindustan Times, Bhopal |  Shruti Tomar | Jul 19, 2017 |

Meet Ayush Semele, a resident of Prithvipur in Bundelkhand who makes a great argument in favour of those who believe that formal education isn’t the only road to success.

Ayush Samele poses with a self-made bladeless fan at his workshop in Bhopal on Saturday. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

He does not have an engineering degree, and isn’t even qualified for admission into a regular technical college. And yet, at the age of 19, he is already an “engineer for the poor”. Meet Ayush Semele, a resident of Prithvipur in Bundelkhand who makes a great argument in favour of those who believe that formal education isn’t the only road to success. He indigenously develops all electronic items for daily use – from induction cookers to refrigerators and bladeless fans – and even tutors people on manufacturing them at low prices. Today, the teenager has a huge fan following on the social media, especially YouTube. The money earned through his social media presence is put into developing more electronic equipment, which is then given to the needy for free. However, Ayush’s life was not always a success story. Though he had a passion for making electronic gadgets even as a child, poor grades in school invited discouragement from his folks. In 2012, when he was just a lad of fourteen, constant criticism spurred him to slash his wrists in desperation. A year later, the boy ran away from home for nearly a week to escape the taunts directed at him.

Interestingly, it was during this period that Ayush came to meet poverty-ridden people who couldn’t afford even the most basic of electronic comforts. Some of the children he chanced upon hadn’t even seen a toy. “I always wanted to become a scientist, but our education system only teaches us theoretical subjects,” says Ayush. “Whenever I sought practical lessons, I was thrown out of my class. I was criticised for asking questions. No one even tried to understand me.” However, after the initial setbacks, the home-bred inventor decided to pursue his dreams. He started off by making small toys and electronic items with discarded items, and they were both durable and cheap. At last, appreciation began trickling in. Ayush’s parents still had academic aspirations for him. However, after a year of being coached at a reputed institute in Bhopal, he dropped out. The boy just couldn’t concentrate on theory.  That was when Ayush’s elder brother, who is pursuing an engineering course in Bhopal, stepped in. Sourabh motivated him to come up with innovative electrical and electronic products, and upload his ideas on YouTube. “Ayush is a truly talented boy, and has always amazed me with his knowledge of electronics. His ‘career’ really took off once he launched Sdik Rof – his YouTube channel for kids – in September 2015.” Ayush’s luck took a turn for the better as more and more people started visiting his page to check his products. YouTube began paying him too. Though his first cheque was for a mere Rs 9,000 in April 2016, it boosted the teenager’s confidence to no end. Soon, the payments became bigger. The fattest cheque he has received till now is for Rs 72,000 in October 2016. Today, Ayush boasts of over 1.40 lakh subscribers, and his videos on making hair dryers and water heaters have scored as many as 25 lakh hits. He has developed around 72 different electrical products and posted 128 videos on his channel in the past two years. “I use commonplace items to make things. As all my products run on solar light, poor people aren’t burdened by soaring electricity costs,” says Ayush.

In the light of his newfound glory, people don’t look at Ayush in the same way anymore. His parents, Harishankar and Chhaya, now regard him with pride. Vijay Baghel, a resident of Prithvipur, says Ayush is the hero of his locality. “He does things that others can’t even imagine. Ayush is generous too. He gifted a scooter to the son of one of my relatives just because he couldn’t afford one.” While Sagar police constable Rajesh Rathod gushes over a hoverboard Ayush made for his child, Pappu Dubey – a barber from Bhopal – can’t have enough of a hair dryer created by the young inventor. “I have asked him to create a trimmer for me,” says Dubey. And then there are the ones inspired by Ayush’s videos to dabble in some inventing themselves. “I am an ardent follower of his YouTube channel,” says Raj Dikshit. “At present, I am trying to make a bladeless fan.” Ayush has also found an admirer in Satish Pal Singh Rajput, professor of mechanical engineering at the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology in Bhopal. “Ayush is using the appropriate technology to make his products. Any student who has mastered basic science can do it, but most lack his vision,” he says. – Courtesy      /   Click here to visit  YouTube channel  Sdik Rof – creativity by Ayush Semele

Bharati Vidyapeeth Engineering College introduces E-Rikshaws in Pune

Hindustan Times |  Jul 10, 2017 | Ananya Barua |  Pune  |

Dr Anand Bhalerao, principal of BVDU college of engineering referred to this initiative as the first of its kind in Pune, aimed at creating awareness among the students about the importance of electric vehicles.

The E-rickshaw will give a platform for BVDU’s faculty and students to develop a low cost electrocnic vehicles through research projects.

Bharati Vidyapeeth (BVDU) college of engineering has launched an E-rickshaw as part of their initiative to develop electric vehicle awareness for its engineering students. The electrical department of the college had recently introduced E-rickshaw for various undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD level projects and experiments, especially in the areas of battery, super capacitor, motors and mechanical systems. These E-rickshaws were purchased by the college with the research grant it received under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TQIP) scheme. Dr Anand Bhalerao, principal of BVDU college of engineering referred to this initiative as the first of its kind in Pune, aimed at creating awareness among the students about the importance of electric vehicles (EV). “This E-rickshaw will give a platform for BVDU’s faculty and students to develop a low cost EVs through research projects,” he added.

Pointing out that a change is imminent from conventional vehicles to electric vehicles, he said, “We need to educate our students at school and college levels about its importance. UGC and AICTE should give grants to various educational institutes for the purchase of electric vehicles for daily use as well as for research projects.” Dr D S Bankar, head of department of the electrical department of BVDU, further added that this technology was the need of the hour and that “all colleges should follow the footsteps of BVDU.” To further understand and research about reducing the cost of the EVs and on methods to increase the battery life, Prof R M Holmukhe and his research students will be conducting experiments on these E-rickshaws. – Courtesy

IIEST Kolkata creates first smart grid project to generate power from renewable energy

The Hindu Business Line | Kolkata, May 17Press Trust of India |

The aim is to generate 32 kW of power from whichever resource available and synchronise the smart grid to take the power in the system for use

Sources of energy

“The power to be generated from solar energy depends on the availability of sunlight while wind energy will be produced during nor’wester and tropical storm. The power from biogas will be generated from vegetable waste collected from the campus kitchen and outside markets,” the professor said. “In the integrated project, by the Centre for Excellence for Green Energy Systems (CEGESS) of the institute, we are aiming to generate 32 kW of power from whichever resource available and synchronise the smart grid to take the power in the system for use. Thus we will not be depending on one resource,” Roy said. Roy added that the world will be faced with serious situation with the depletion of hydrocarbon source. “Since coal-hydrocarbon based energy technology leads to environmental degradation, the future lies in renewable energy based technology,” he said.  The eminent scientist said, this being the age of smart technology, the institute needed to look forward.  “The government planners and academicians should be involved in big way as technology is changing very very fast.“The next 50 years will witness unimaginable change in technology, which cannot be static,” he added. – Courtesy

RobotiX by Satyajeet Mahapatra, the farming tool of the future is here

One India.com | Prabhpreet Singh Sood  | May 9, 2017 |

Muniratham, a farmer in his mid-fifties, in Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, witnessed his crop yield fall by half following damage to his crops as he was unable to take serious notice of the details being sent to him on his phone. The previous cycle when he did notice them, his yield had been better than ever. The notifications were being sent to him by a new product, RobotiX, that he had set up at his farm, which led to the increase in the first cycle. It was this product that helped him to understand the reasons for the loss in the second, and take corrective steps to get the optimum results again.

He is one of the lucky ones when compared to so many other farmers throughout the country who end up in debt and take extreme steps such as suicide due to inability to repay loans following crop damages from reasons like poor rainfall, wrong choice of seeds, lack of knowledge of proper agriculture practices among others. And this is where a product like RobotiX aims to come in and change the way of not only how farming is done in the country but also improve lives of farmers by taking care of the problems that usually lead to crop damage. Satyajeet Mahapatra, one of the founders and the CEO of eXabit Systems, the company that invented RobotiX, believes that not only can such problems be easily solved, but scientific farming can also lead to India becoming the food bowl of the world in a decade’s time. “Through RobotiX the farmer is guided in a way that not only protects the crop from damage but is also able to increase the gross output of crop by using Precision Farming practices,” said Mahapatra. “I call it the MRI machine for crops.”
RobotiX and how it helps The solar powered product, two kg in weight and 40 cm tall, comes equipped with sensors that monitor crop health, but also soil temperature and humidity, and the microclimatic conditions such ambient Temperature and humidity. It also provides the farmers with real-time data through phone notifications and also the companies android app in five languages- Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and English- helping them make the right decision like the right time and level of irrigation, required, among others. But Mahapatra believed, this would not have been enough as farmers would have to take care of all the problems manually and this might not give the best results. This led to the company to introduce automation technology, which takes over the role of the farmer, by providing solutions such as irrigation, fertilisation and misting, and allowing them to remotely control these from any corner of the world, by reading the data on the ground. “The automation technology allows steps like water being provided through valves which are connected to the device in the farm in case that is what is required or by switching the fan on or off in case of greenhouse farming,” said Prashant Sahoo, founder and COO of eXabit Systems. Along with such on-farm technologies, the product also helps the farmers choose the right seeds, the right crops for particular kinds of climate, soil etc., and will also eventually be able to forecast which crop will be the best for the land and what the output should be if all the criteria are followed. The company also puts users directly in touch with experts who help them guide through such choices.
The team and its journey so far Putting all this together has not been easy for the team at eXabit, a company founded by four engineering college friends, Amulya Mishra, Avinash Agarwal, along with Mahapatra and Sahoo. While they had always planned to do something of their own as Sahoo explained, but after college, they all went their separate ways, as all them ended up working for various multinational companies. “But we never forgot our original plan,” recalled Sahoo. It was in 2013 that they started working on their plan, and it was in September 2014 that they finally started eXabit. Though they started providing post-harvest services that year, the work on the prototype of RobotiX was rolled out into the field in October 2015 and was ready for sale in July of last year. From asking friends and family for the initial investments and conducting field trials to get customers, to now when they have investors and more than 40 customers waiting in the pipeline waiting for the new batch of the 200 new RobotiX instruments to come off the assembly line, the four company and its founders have come a long way.
The last challenge But Mahapatra believes a far bigger challenge lies ahead for them now that the product design and performance has been perfected. “The real problem is in the resistance to change that the Indian farmers have. They are still stuck with the traditional way of farming and in the choices they make,” said Mahapatra. “The solution for their conventional problems are here with a product like RobotiX but for real improvement to come in agriculture in India the old mindset needs to be broken and such solutions to accepted and applied without hesitation,” he added. If this is true, it can quite possibly explain what has led to farmers, including Muniratham, to face losses. If he had seen the data and taken action or followed the advice he could have been able to avoid the loss he suffered, like so many others who do not have a tool like RobotiX at their disposal. – Courtesy

IEM College Kolkata creates device to make cab rides safer

The Asian Age | Apr 30, 2017 | 

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Kolkata: Students and teachers of Institute of Engineering and Management (IEM) in Salt Lake have come up with a device, which they say might “put an end to unsafe cab ride particularly for the women who often have to travel alone”.  “We are concerned with the incidents of molestation and misbehaviour with women by cab drivers. The cases have gone up with the introduction of app-based cab services like Ola and Uber. The device divides the car cabin into two chambers. The rear seat passenger and the front seat of the driver are separated by a steel mesh. Also, the rear seat doors have been fitted with two additional safety latches, that will prevent the driver or any miscreant to open the door, unless the passenger does it on his/ her own,” Prof. Satyajit Chakrabarti, director of IEM said.

The institute has written to the central transport ministry, the state transport ministry as well as cab aggregators, urging them to make the device mandatory in cabs. “We have also demonstrated it before the Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate,” prof Chakrabarti said. Written communication has also been sent to some leading car manufacturers for introducing this device. Students and faculty members have also come up with a low cost fully autonomous GPS based quadcopter for disaster management. Both the innovations were demonstrated at the IEM campus on Saturday. IEM is the first private engineering college in Bengal. “We have applied for patents in both these innovations. Last year we had applied for 23 patents,” he said. – Courtesy

Bengaluru engineering student Antony Jenitter develops an intelligent watering system for urban gardeners

Economic Times | Technology | |

Antony Jenitter has sold 27 indoor gardening devices which are priced Rs 299 and is working with prospective clients such as SAP Labs for the outdoor solution.

Many Bengalureans have been witness to those glory days when they could endlessly water their gardens and still have water left to wash their porches and cars.  Some still continue to spend huge volumes of water on their greenery at a time when water is a scarce commodity. Now, an engineering student has come up with an innovation that allows the garden city to hold onto its gardens but water it sustainably.  Antony Jenitter a sixth semester student of telecommunication engineering at CMR Institute of Technology, has built the system keeping farmers in mind but quickly adapted it to cater to urban needs, sensing an opportunity.  “Many people and places in the city are interested in or have greenery. However, they end up wasting a lot of water trying to maintain it,“ Jennitter said, giving the example of his college which has limited or no water supply on two days of the week and yet does not fail to generously water its plants with a hose on days there is water supply.
Several soil-moisture and temperature sensors are placed at predefined spots and are connected to a controller. A tablet, in which green patches of the campus are mapped, uses the sensor data to graphically display the water levels. Connected to this are sprinklers which automatically turn on and off based on moisture requirements.  The system is customised to water with precision. “For instance, if there is a circular patch of greenery, the sprinkler will be modified to water only in that radius. This way, not an extra drop of water is wasted,“ Jenitter said.  Another problem he found was that individuals who grow plants on their balconies or indoors often let them dry when they travel or forget to water. To address this, he has built a compact indoor garden watering device which is the size of an average smartphone. “When attached to a pot, the device will ensure that it is watered optimally ,“ he said.

After his idea was incubated at CMRIT, Jenitter decided to commercialise it. He registered it as the proprietor under the name Irrrigatronics in January this year. He has since sold 27 indoor gardening devices which are priced Rs 299 and is working with prospective clients such as SAP Labs for the outdoor solution, which is priced based on the area and other requirements.  Professor Kalaga Madhav, of the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering at CMRIT, said Jenitter’s system has also helped the college optimise its water usage in the gardens.  “When you ask a gardener to use less water, it means nothing to him. However, a machine actually ensures you are neither over-watering nor underwatering,“ he said.  CMR Group of Institutions chairman and Rajya Sabha member KC Ramamurthy said that with the current unpredictable weather conditions, and failing monsoons, such innovations are crucial. “The government must take notice of such small-level frugal innovations and develop them to implement on a large-scale.“ –  Courtesy

CRCE Bombay engineering students invent robotic medicine vending machine : Medibot

News Nation Bureau  |  April 11, 2017  |  New Delhi | 

A robotic vending machine to distribute medicines, has been developed by a team of engineering students from Fr Conceicao Rodrigues College of Engineering (CRCE) in Bandra.

IIT Bombay engineering students invent robotic medicine vending machine

IIT Bombay engineering students invent robotic medicine vending machine

A robotic vending machine to distribute medicines, has been developed by a team of engineering students from Fr Conceicao Rodrigues College of Engineering (CRCE) in Bandra. The device is called Medibot. It is made full with medicines and then it moves from one hospital bed to the next. Radio-frequency identification tags are given to patients. The tags are similar to tokens of Mumbai Metro, that includes the data of the quantity of medicines that have been prescribed to patients. Patients have to just scan the tag on RFID reader on the robot, and it dispenses the medicines.

At an annual national level embedded systems and robotics competition held by Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) on Saturday, Medibot was declared as the ‘the most innovative solution.’  The competition, known as ‘eYantra Ideas Competition’ is part of an IIT-B initiative that trains engineering students in embedded systems- the electronics at the heart of modern machines – in order to provide practical solutions for real world problems. – Courtesy