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Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016 Announced: Open To 14 Premier Institutes

Ericsson announces the launch of the second edition of the Ericsson Innovation Awards in association with the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT). The Ericsson Innovation Awards is open only to students enrolled at one of the participating institutes which are as follows:
IITs: Delhi, Kanpur, Bombay, Roorkee, Kharagpur, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Varanasi (BHU) and Mandi
IISc: Bangalore
BITS: Pilani
IIITs: Gwalior and Delhi

Focus Areas
Student innovations are invited 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/Internet of Things, software-defined networking, open source, signal processing, graphics and visualization, as well as research.

Important Dates
Launch Date: 12th January, 2016
Last Date for receiving entries on this website: 7th February, 2016
Finalists Announcement: The shortlisted projects that will be supported for developing the proof of concept/prototype, will be announced in the last week of February.
Finals: Winners will be chosen at a mega event in Delhi in end April/early May 2016.

Process
Following the first round of preliminary shortlisting by the participating institutes, the student proposals will be further screened by a panel, comprising of senior members from Ericsson, FITT and industry. The panel will shortlist 10-12 proposals based on specific agreed-upon criteria. Each shortlisted proposal will be supported by Ericsson to complete the initial proof of concept/prototype within two months. In a second screening session, a jury will select 5 projects of which the final jury will select up to three winners.

Grand Prize
The winning entries will be provided financial support by Ericsson India for their project to be incubated at any IIT-approved technology business incubator. Mentoring and coaching will also be provided depending on the project scope.

About the Awards
The awards were instituted in 2014 to recognize the spirit of innovation among students at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). With these awards, Ericsson aims to facilitate innovative projects from engineering students and seeks to support some deserving ventures all the way through to their incubation phase.

Coverage of Inaugural Edition of Awards on Networked India: