5th EDITION OF SAMSUNG INNOVATION AWARDS AT IIT GUWAHATI Encouraging Young Innovators To Pursue Their Ideas

IIT Guwahati students presented innovative and novel ideas 30th?Oct, 2015: Samsung conducted the 5th?annual edition of?Samsung Innovation Awards 2015?at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati. Samsung Innovation Awards aims at recognizing and rewarding innovations that have the potential to revolutionize everyday living and enables students to take this to the next level. Taking the first prize was team Sishir Kalita, Vikram CM, Akhilesh Kumar Dubey with assistance from Prof SRM Prasanna and Dr. Abhishek Srivatsava?for?Development of a mobile application for the hyper nasality assessment of cleft lip and palate (CLP) patients. The other two teams were Tanmay Shankar, Prof. SK Dwivedy for Hybrid Assistive Wheelchair Exoskeleton and Manas Das, Bijay Manali, Prof. S Bhattacharya for GSM Based Automatic Cooking Machine. The awards were presented by?Dr Aloknath De, Senior Vice-President & Chief Technology Officer, Samsung R&D Institute, India - Bangalore. Samsung Innovation Awards 2015 saw an overwhelming response of which 7 teams got an opportunity to present their ideas to the eminent jury comprising Dr. Aloknath De, CTO, SRIB; Dr. Hemant B Kaushik, Chairman Technical Board, IITG, Dr. Anupam Saikia, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, IIT-G. The top three winners were given prizes worth INR 2.5 lakhs. The other finalists received consolation prizes of INR 40,000. Samsung R&D Institute - Bangalore will engage with the award winners to further develop their innovations. Speaking on the occasion,?Dr. Aloknath De?said,??Samsung has been at the forefront of innovating for a smarter future and at Samsung R&D Institute - Bangalore, our continuous endeavor is to develop technology that helps enrich lives of our consumers. With the Samsung Innovations Awards 2015 we endeavor to catalyze research, leading with innovation across the student community. IIT Guwahati has a strong pool of extremely enterprising students and talent with some bright ideas that deserve recognition. We are pleased to see the level of innovation and creativity among these IIT students; we had a delightful time vetting through and shortlisting entries.? The competition witnessed a magnitude of path-breaking innovations, shortlisted from 41 entries down to 7 most impactful ones. The innovative product ideas and solutions were from across themes, including Assistive Solutions for the Differently Abled, Smart Homes & Buildings, Infotainment, Digital Services and Intelligent Personalization for Smart Devices. Dr. Hemant B Kaushik, Chairman Technical Board, IIT Guwahati,?said,??IIT Guwahati as an institution focuses on inculcating innovation and thinking innovatively to develop knowledge based solutions for a better?tomorrow. Working with an R&D Centre such as the SRI-B gives our students the added perks of understanding the kind of research and solutions the industry expects and requires.? The 2015 edition of the Samsung Innovation Awards was initiated at IIT Guwahati campus three months ago through an open entry where students submitted proposals for their innovative ideas. Shortlisting process was led by IIT Guwahati Professors and the SRI-B team who selected the finalist. The final teams presented their idea to the panel of judges at the IIT Guwahati campus. The winning project was selected based on the degree of innovation, feasibility, usability, relevance and overall impact on masses. Conceptualised in 2011 the Samsung Innovation Awards seeks to support and encourage young talent/ professionals who have an innovative approach, seek to improvise different systems and processes, aims to develop indigenous products and services for fulfilling mass needs thereby transforming lives and creating sustainable solutions for the benefit of the society at large. Over the years, Samsung Innovation Awards has become one of the most eagerly awaited ideation contest at IIT?s and also due to the enthusiastic participation from the student community Samsung? continues to provide the next generation of Indian innovators and entrepreneurs an avenue to showcase and advance their engineering skill sets.  

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