New Delhi: KPIT Sparkle is an innovation and entrepreneurship platform that encourages students from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) domains to develop and incubate transformative solutions for automotive and energy industries.
The teams with 20 best ideas, shortlisted from over 2,700 entries across India, successfully presented prototypes virtually.
Team Nano-Fluid from ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Bengaluru, won the platinum award of INR 10 lakhs.
Team 3D Printer from the Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, Pune, won the gold award of INR 5 lakhs. Projects from Team Sand Bird, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore; KCG College of Technology, Kancheepuram; and Team AI-Air Battery, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, Chennai; won the silver awards of INR. 2.5 lakh each.
Bengaluru, India, 8th March 2021: KPIT, a global leader in automotive software and mobility solutions, has announced the winners of KPIT Sparkle 2021. KPIT Sparkle is an innovation platform that nurtures, mentors and supports aspiring entrepreneurs and connects them with incubators in the ecosystem to transform their inventive ideas into viable products.
KPIT Sparkle, an annual national-level contest, cultivates a culture of innovation by inspiring students from the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) streams to identify and solve sustainability-related real-life problems using technology. It also encourages and facilitates students to secure intellectual property for their solutions.
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Govt. of India and Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, were guest of honour and chief guest, respectively, at the virtual grand finale event.
Team Nano-Fluid from ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Bengaluru, won the platinum award of INR 10,00,000 for designing a portable nano-fluid-based milking pail for cooling milk after production in an environment-friendly and cost-effective manner.
Team 3D Printer from Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, Pune, won the gold award of INR 5,00,000 for designing continuous fibre 3D printing. The technology involves 3D printing of continuous carbon fibre embedded in nylon.
Two teams won the silver prizes of INR 2,50,000 each for the following ideas:
Team Sand Bird from Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, and KCG College of Technology, Kancheepuram, for designing a semi-autonomous electric tractor that reduces operation cost by ten times with home charging.
Team AI-Air Battery from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, Chennai, for developing a novel electrolyte-based rechargeable Al-air battery, which increases the energy density by up to eight times and is efficient in saving more than 1 lakh tonnes of CO2 production per year.
Most Popular Award
Team Auto-Monitor from Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Technology, Pune won the most popular award of INR 1,00,000 for designing novel diagnostic system for EV-motor monitoring & automatic fault protection by AI controlled drive.
Two teams won the special jury award for the following ideas :
Team OX-YLINDER from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur won a special award of INR 50,000 for designing an oxygen concentrator for vehicles and ambulance, equipped with new technology.
Team Soft.Spy from the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Itanagar, won a pat-on-the-back award of INR 10,000 for designing a device that records the cause of vehicle accidents and helps the user to decide who was responsible for the accident by retrieving technical data collected during the time of the accident.
Speaking at the KPIT Sparkle 2021 Grand Finale, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Govt. of India, said
(excerpts): “It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of KPIT Sparkle 2021. I would like to congratulate all winning ideas, which will soon come into reality with the mentorship of KPIT Technologies, academia, and industry experts. I firmly believe that we need young engineers and creative minds to design smart and efficient transportation systems. There is a huge potential for the use of green and clean hydrogen transport in the future. Promoting alternative fuel promotion will result in economic growth and will bolster India’s development. We must be futuristic in our approach and should ensure that in less than 5 years India emerges as a leader in the area of mobility and sustainable transport. My ministry is positively looking forward to the suggestions and recommendations on better mobility and energy prospects in the coming future.”
Ravi Pandit, Chairman, KPIT Technologies, said, “KPIT Sparkle facilitates academia and the industry to join forces and promote innovation and entrepreneurship by empowering students with the right kind of mentorship, capability and resources. It also supports our vision of reimagining mobility with customers, partners and people by supporting talent creation in the ecosystem.”
Chief Guest, Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), said, “KPIT Sparkle is playing a significant role in strengthening the country’s innovation ecosystem. The initiative incentivises young talent to build solutions that will define the innovations of the future. We look forward to working closely with KPIT and its partners in nurturing and building startups that can emerge from the projects.”
KPIT partnered with the Nehru Group of Institutions Technology Business Incubator (NGI TBI); Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), IIM Ahmedabad; Bhau Institute of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership; Manipal University, Jaipur; TBI KEC Incubation Centre; Marathwada Accelerator for Growth and Incubation Council (MAGIC); International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad; Sandip Incubator Association; MIT TBI; iCreate; SINE, IIT Bombay to provide incubation opportunities to deserving ideas.
KPIT Sparkle 2021 was privileged to be associated with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; ONCG Energy Center; National Institute of Design (NID); All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE); MathWorks as its knowledge partners.
The finalists were evaluated by a jury comprising national and international experts from the academic, business, automotive, and technology fields, including Mr Gerard Devito Ex. Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Eaton Vehicle Group; Mr A.S. Ravikumar General Manager– Product Engineering, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd.; Dr B. Gurumoorthy Chief Executive, SID and Prof. Mech. Engg. Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru; CMDE. Dr Shishir Shrotriya Counsellor Science and Technology, Embassy of India, Moscow Russian Federation; Mr Tapish Bhatt Business Development and Sales, SustLabs; Dr Milind Rane, Professor, Mech. Engg. and in-charge Heat Pump Lab, IIT Bombay; Dr Ashish Lele, Senior Vice President, R & D at Reliance Industries Ltd.; Dr TV Prabhakar Professor and Principal Scientist, IISc Bengaluru; Ms Poyni Bhatt CEO, Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) – IIT Mumbai; Mr Sanid Patil, Senior Manager, AGNIi, Invest India; Mr Balkrishna Mahajan, Principal designer and co-founder Ticket Design; Dr Somnath Sengupta, Asst. Prof., ADT, IIT Kharagpur; Mr Anup Sable, CTO, KPIT Technologies Ltd.; Mr Aditya Sinha Director and Centre Head, C-DAC Patna; Mr Dinesh Jagdale, Joint Secretary at Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India; Mr Chintan Bakshi, Chief Executive Officer, Startup Oasis CIIE at IIM A; Dr Sanjeev Katti, Directors General, ONGC Energy Centre; Ms Jyoti Verma, Scientist, ONGC Energy Centre; Dr S. Mukhopadhyay, Professor and HoD, Electrical Engg., IIT Kharagpur; Mr Prasad Shetty, Portfolio and Operations, SINE IIT Mumbai.