BANGALORE, Aug. 22, 2012 –Innovation is alive and well in India’s technical and professional educational institutions – and as the Intel India Embedded Challenge 2012, held in Bangalore last night showed, students see a challenge and opportunity in addressing earthy problems like urban traffic, and conservation; resource monitoring and the problems of the differently enabled.
The two top prizes in the annual competition built around Intel’s embedded offer Atom processor went to Joseph Jeffrey, Roshan G Patil and Skanda Kumar K N from International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore (IIIT-B) for their projects ‘Wireless Sensor based Smart Parking System’and to Siddartha Khastgir and AnubhaV Sahoo from Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-K) for ‘Development of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Coastal Monitoring Applications’. Prof. S Sadagopan, Director, International Institute of Information Technology - Bangalore and Professor H.P. Khincha, Chairman, Karnataka Innovation Council were present at the occasion to felicitate the winners of Intel India Embedded Challenge (Intel IEC) 2012.
Intel India Embedded Challenge is hosted annually by Intel Higher Education Program team in India to promote research and innovation among engineering students and working professionals. Keenly looking at the finalists and theit projects was Pranav Mehta, CTO of Intel's Communications and Networking Group. Maybe the Next Big Idea was there somewhere!
“This is one of Intel India’s platforms to provide engineering students and technical professionals an environment to cultivate their technological talents. Through this initiative, Intel India seeks to promote an ecosystem in which research and innovation can thrive,” said Jitendra Chaddah, Director-Strategic Development and Operations, Intel India. He told IndiaTechOnline that the number of entries had sharply increased this year and it was a tough job choosing the 34 finalists from 688 that were shortlisted.
This year’s Intel India Embedded Challenge had two main categories – ‘Embedded Intelligent Systems’ and ‘Embedded Solutions for Social Cause’. For Embedded Intelligent Systems, entries were submitted under five themes: Information Technology applications, Consumer Solutions, Telecommunications, Industrial Electronics, Automotive electronics and Military & Aero space Engineering. For Embedded Solutions for Social Cause, entries were submitted under four themes: Technology Enabled Agricultural Applications, e-governance, Citizen Services, and Rural IT / Connectivity, Bio Medical and Health Care and Education.
In addition to the grand prizes, awards were given for embedded innovation of the year, popular choice award and Special Mention award of the year.
Other awards listed as follows:
Project/ Category/ Award/ Participant’s name(s)/ Institute/ Organization
e-Tab; Student; Embedded Innovation of the Year and Jury Popular Award; Nikhil Gupta, Anurag Pandey, Anant Raj; IIT Kanpur
Intelligent Hand glove for Biomedical Applications; Student; Embedded Innovation of the Year; Shashank KR , Rahul Dhariwal; PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore
Traffic Priority for emergency vehicles; Professional Category; Special Mention Award; Manikanta C. Sandep Angara, Anil Kumar; MBIT Wireless| Tata Consultancy Services | Wipro Technologies
Winners will also have the opportunity to participate in ‘The Next Big Idea’, a Technology Entrepreneurship, conducted by Intel India, the Department of Science and Technology and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.