IIT Madras, Capgemini Host Competition on Innovative Ideas in Engineering Technologies for TN Polytechnic Colleges

Top Two ideas will bag Rs. 50,000 each and receive Mentor Support from Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CSIE) and IIT Madras Faculty for prototype development

CHENNAI: Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Capgemini, a multinational IT firm, are hosting a competition seeking Innovative Ideas in ‘Engineering Technologies’ from Polytechnic College Students of Tamil Nadu.

The Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CSIE), which focuses on teaching and research related to social enterprise in India, is coordinating the competition, which is being held in online mode. The last date for submission of ideas is 21st August 2021.

The Competition supports polytechnic students to come up with ideas that will result in livelihood enhancement among farmers, and artisan communities. Their ideas will be converted into technologies for their livelihood promotion.

The top two innovative ideas will be awarded prize money of Rs. 50,000 each and also will receive mentor support from CSIE and IIT Madras Faculty for their further prototype development.

Highlighting the unique aspects of this competition, Prof. R Nagarajan, Project Coordinator, Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CSIE) – IIT Madras, said, “An alumni-driven initiative, CSIE@IITM focuses on promoting social and entrepreneurship through various incentives and activities. IDEA SPARK, in particular, has been very successful over the years in motivating college students to ideate and innovate in this context.”

Second and Third-year Polytechnic College students from Tamil Nadu are eligible to participate. The maximum number of students allowed per group is four. There can be any number of groups and ideas from an Institution. Ideas related to IoT, IT & AI will not be accepted.

All participants will be given a participation certificate. The students can submit their ideas by filling the Registration form available at the IDEA SPARK page in CSIE’s official website – https://csie.iitm.ac.in.

Further information can be obtained by writing to subaramesh.9@gmail.com.


The unique aspects of the Competition include:

Ø The competition focuses on uplift of the Farmer/Artisanal Community. Hence, it works to promote Engineering Technologies which could bring in livelihood opportunities for these communities and pave the way for more employment opportunities.

Ø The winning Ideas will also be adapted as Technologies.

Ø Apart from Prize money, free mentorship support will be provided for the top 2 winning entries for their product advancement.


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