Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Technology College, Coimbatore won the Chairman’s Award for innovating the best product-‘Watchdog for Agriculture Farms’, for the Texas Instruments India Innovation Challenge Design Contest 2016.
RIT college of IIT Kharagpur was declared winner at the grand finale which was held at IIM Bangalore and presided by top minds in academic and the industry. The dignitaries who were present during the event were Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Shri NS Raghavan, Shri Harkesh Kumar Mittal, Dr. Anita Gupta, Prof. G Raghuram, Dr. Peter Balyta and Sanjay Srivastava.
Addressing the award ceremony, Laxmi Kant Tiwari from IIT Kharagpur, one of the selected 10 teams said, “We feel honoured and privileged to emerge winners of this year long challenge. It feels all the more exciting to know that we competed amongst the best minds in the country and we were chosen by eminent jury members as the winning idea. We are confident that we will be able to work on this innovation further with the assistance and guidance from TI, IIM B and our mentors. We are all thrilled to start our new journey as entrepreneurs”
The first runner up for the Texas Instruments IICDC 2016 is the team from IIT Kharagpur for their innovation on tracking sleep disorder and Dream Institute of Technology, West Bengal got the second position in the contest for their innovative solution on safety ensuring wearable.
Total 30 teams participated in the finals which received 1.5 crores as product development fund. Jury selected only 10 teams which will receive INR 2Crores seed fund and opportunity to be incubated at NSRCEL, IIMB.
The 2016 TI IICDC was attended by 11,000 engineering students from 624 colleges in India. The collaboration with Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) has helped to nurture the young engineering minds and support the Make in India Program at IICDC 2016.
In the 10-month-long challenge, the participants saw an intense mentoring program from IIMB and TI. Where TI provided them the technical resources and guidance throughout the contest, including tool support and mentoring to design & help the students make their prototypes.
DST provided funding of INR 3.5 crores to the student start-ups, which went towards the product development and seed fund. The online platform MyGov also promoted the active participation of Indian citizens in the country’s governance and development, which helped a lot the students from all different corners of the country to register for the IICDC through the MyGov portal.