Ericsson India in association with the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) announced the winners of the ‘Ericsson Innovation Awards’ today. SAFER Guardian device from IIT Delhi and EARIE smart earphone from IIT Roorkee were declared winners among ten shortlisted projects (see all here) and will soon be housed at IIT-approved business incubators. Both teams will receive ten lakh (one million) rupees to take their ideas to fruition.
— Ericsson India (@EricssonIndia) May 12, 2015
The Ericsson Innovation Awards were instituted last year in order to promote and recognize the spirit of innovation within the IIT system. A total of 67 projects were submitted by IIT students from Chennai, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Mumbai, Roorkee and Varanasi. Each shortlisted proposal was given financial support by Ericsson to complete the initial prototype within two months.
“Ericsson has a strong history of innovation and these awards represent our endeavour to foster the spirit of innovation amongst students”, said Chris Houghton, Head of Region, India for Ericsson.
The Ericsson Innovation Awards seek student innovations in areas such as web design, cloud computing, storage and networking, human-machine interface, embedded and hardware system design, MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output), machine-to-machine (M2M), internet of things, software-defined networking, open source, signal processing, graphics and visualisation, as well as research.
The jury for the Ericsson Innovation Awards comprised industry representatives, IIT Delhi faculty members and Ericsson experts. Prakash Iyer, CEO of the Mumbai Indians IPL team provided the keynote while Rohan Shravan of Notion Ink, Ankit Vengurlekar of #FAME and Sonam Wangchuk of SECMOL spoke about innovation in a panel moderated by Rajiv Makhni, Managing Editor, Technology at NDTV.