KPIT Technologies, global technology company specialising in IT consulting and product engineering, is organising the Sparkle 2018, the fourth edition of its all-India science and engineering students contest, at Pune. The company announced that 30 teams from engineering and technology institutes across the country have been shortlisted to compete in the finals of its annual national design and development innovation contest. This event aims at fostering a culture of innovation and critical thinking among students to solve real-world problems in socially-relevant sectors. The contest had received over 12,000 registrations from more than 600 engineering and science colleges.
The grand finale of KPIT Sparkle 2018 is scheduled to be held on 18 February, 2018, where participants will present working prototypes or life-sized models of their next-generation solutions for the transportation and energy sectors. KPIT will also be hosting workshops and sessions for students on topics including Deep Learning, Cyber Security and Drone Aviation a day prior to the finale. Prize money worth Rs 21 lakh and nationwide recognition will be the rewards for the winning teams, KPIT noted. The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India is the knowledge partner for KPIT Sparkle 2018.
The contest invited students to develop next-generation technologies, applying artificial intelligence, new materials, and cyber security, to make products in the energy and transportation sectors greener, safer, and user-convenient. 30 teams were shortlisted for the finals based on the novelty, affordability, and commercial viability of their proposed ideas. International jurors consisting of eminent industry experts, technologists, academicians, and business leaders will evaluate the projects.
Finalists will exhibit their projects at a public exhibition, which will be hosted by the academic partner, Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering (PCCOE), Pune. Exhibits will be displayed on solutions for improving road safety using technologies such as drones, data analytics, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, and IoT to either help prevent accidents or reduce response time during emergencies. Other technologies will showcase increasing charging efficiency, energy storage, and power regeneration capacity of electric and hybrid vehicles and reducing traffic congestion with solutions to re-route vehicle movement as per traffic conditions. Simplifying toll payment; generating power from water; converting waste heat from kitchen stoves into electricity; economically recycling plastic waste; and cost-effective, eco-friendly room temperature conditioning are other solutions to be displayed.
The winners of KPIT Sparkle will be announced at the ceremony on 18 February. Dr K Radhakrishnan, Former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Dr Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science & Technology (DST), and Harkesh Mittal, Adviser, Member Secretary, National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) will be present at the award ceremony.
Ravi Pandit, Co-founder, Chairman and Group CEO, KPIT, said India represents a fast-growing region moving towards a knowledge-based economy, propelled by technology, innovation, and a strong entrepreneurial culture. Through Sparkle, KPIT continues to inspire young people of the country to unearth their enormous potential in engineering, product designing, and technology to develop solutions for a more sustainable future, he added.