18 year old student with 30 inventions wins a trip to Silicon Valley


nishanthJ. Nishanth is a first year student of Sona College of Technology, Tamil Nadu. He is the winner of Innovation Jockeys 2013 that has won him a chance to spend one week at the Research Centre of Accenture, in Silicon Valley, the U.S. Nishanth’s shock tripper won against 4,400 entries from over 300 colleges across India in the innovation competition conducted by Accenture and sponsored by Yahoo.

While Nishanth may not be the first to recognize the danger posed by faulty electric lines to both people and animals, he is amongst the few to actually do something about it. Electrocution due to naked electric wires lying on the roads has taken many a lives.

Nishanth, noticing the rising number of fatalities due to electrocution, decided to create a device that would cut off the electricity supply immediately in case of a leak or short circuiting.

“The Shock Tripper will cut off the power immediately in case of a short circuit or electrical leak in any electrical appliance or damage to the power distribution system from a given source,” Nishanth explains. “The power will be switched off three times at specific time intervals in case of a power leak. If the defect is not rectified the power will be switched off completely. The local Electricity Board will be notified through an automatic call system of the place where the power leakage has taken place.”

You can view a demonstration of the Electric Shock Tripper here.

With 30 inventions to his name at 18 years of age and numerous awards at the District, State, South Zone and the National level, Nishanth has not once rested on his laurels. He continues to innovate obsessively; and that’s the fact that got him a free scholarship to study at the Sona Institute of Technology in Salem where he is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Engineering.

Nishanth’s next innovation focuses on preventing deaths due to car accidents at night, thus continuing his work of combining humanitarian efforts with an all-consuming love for science.


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