Innovative scientific application ideas like the generation of electricity from road traffic, self-healing roads, handheld printer with limitless print area and low power consumption were among the ideas that held the attention of judges while judging the best ideas for the second round of the Sparkle 2015 - a national design and development innovation contest. This contest was organized on a national basis by KPIT, a global technology company specializing in product engineering and IT consulting. The College of Engineering, Pune, is the co-organizer.
"The ideas we've received are proof of the massive intellectual potential of today's youth. These students have nurtured ideas that can go a long way towards solving the key problems in our world today," said Ravi Pandit, Co-founder, Chairman and Group CEO, KPIT.
Encouraging students to think out of the box while working up ideas for the theme 'Towards Better Mobility and Energy', the ideas were aimed to solve our problems in mobility and energy. The competition received more than 400 ideas from 1100 students from 114 science and engineering colleges spread through 17 states of the country. The ideas were assessed and the 60 best ideas were selected for the second round of the competition. The selected ideas are now being developed for their Proof of Concepts (POC) for the final round.
Mt Pandit claimed that the competition would bring out the scientific and technology talent from among the students and young professionals. The competition would provide a platform for the students to make a practical application of the innovative concepts and ideas and putting theory into practice, said Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Director, College of Engineering, Pune. He said that the ideas received were practical solutions for problems that existed in the real world.
The final round of the competition would be held on March 22 where the best practical idea would be given prize money of Rs 20 lakhs.