T.J. David and Kudikala Shravan Kumar, from International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad have won the coveted Intel India Embedded Challenge grand prize for 2011 for their project Solar Powered Crop Harvesting Robot.
The nationwide competition is an initiative by Intel in India to recognize and reward outstanding ideas in embedded technology, based on the Intel Atom processor. “We want to cultivate technical talent in India and promote our knowledge economy, so we can cater to emerging markets. Companies like Intel who share their technological expertise and foster the development of these skills in India play a crucial role in this endeavor,” said Shri H K Mittal, Head, National Science and technology Entrepreneurship Development Board,(NSTEDB) Dept of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi.
“Intel believes technological innovation is the driver of future economic and social success. By providing India’s engineering students and technical professionals with exposure to the highest level of proficiency, Intel seeks to nurture an ecosystem in which innovation can thrive,” said Dr. Praveen Vishakantaiah, President, Intel India.
This year’s Intel India Embedded Challenge had two main categories – ‘Embedded Geeks’ and ‘Embedded Solutions for a Social Cause’. Entries were submitted under five themes: Biomedical and healthcare, Education, Smart Solutions, Industrial and Consumer Electronics, Rural IT, e-governance and citizen services.
In addition to the grand prize of Rs 10 lakhs awarded to ‘Solar Powered Crop Harvesting Robot’, winners have the opportunity to participate in ‘The Next Big Idea’ run by the Department of Science and Technology and the Indian Institute of Management, in conjunction with Intel.
Ganesh Pitchiah from Indian Institute Of Technology, Kanpur has received Rs. 50,000 prize for the best innovation in the category of Education.
So have Gaurav Jain from Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy University in Industrial & consumer Electronics and Akash Mohan Singhal and Aditya Shanker Raghuwanshi from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, Rajasthan in Smart Solutions.
In Bio Medical & Health Care, Deepender Singla and Amit Ranjan from Thapar University have won the prize whilie in Rural IT & Agriculture, Amritasu Das, and Hena Roy, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Kolkata, have won the award.
A Jury Special Award was given to Debapratim Sarkar and Saikat Das Adhikari for Remote Operation of Electrical Gadgets Using Simple Mobile Phone in the category of Smart Solutions. The popular Choice Award was won by Anurag Awasthi & Avani Nandini from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur for Embedded Eyes for the Blind in Biomedical & Healthcare.