Gurugram: The DST-Texas Instruments India Inc. Innovation Challenge Design Contest 2016 is moving towards the final phase by completion of the second semi-final round today at BML Munjal University. The contest saw the participation of ~11000 students from 624 engineering colleges from across India. The second semi-final event was inaugurated by Mr. Sanjay Srivastava, Director – University Program, Texas Instruments India & Mr. Nagaraja Prakasam, Mentor, NSRCEL IIM Bangalore.
24 student teams from 22 engineering colleges presented their innovative products to a panel of evaluators who are thought leaders and accomplished achievers from various walks of life. The panel consisted of entrepreneurs, professors, bureaucrats and entries were judged based on customer validation, strategic innovation, marketing innovation, business interdependence, etc. The first semi-final concluded on April 15, 2017 at IIM Bangalore.
Texas Instruments IICDC over the years has become a platform that nurtures innovation. Engineering students have displayed path breaking innovation that has the potential to bring about socio economic change for India. It aspires to foster innovation at the formative years of a student. Most of 2016 entries have corroborated closely with the Government’s vision of Swaach Bharat, Digital India, Smart Cities projects, etc. Most solutions that have been shortlisted to the semi-finals have the potential to solve pressing problems across various sectors and to help bring positive change to the lives of millions of people. This contest aims to propel the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative through student start-ups and contribute to the country’s manufacturing ecosystem.