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‘innoWAH’ ` PALS INNOVATION CHALLENGE COMPETITION

15541679_1787241497972666_3264953015935870038_n 3rd Place - Project_Irrigation Controller System using microcontrollers and sensors assisted by android application control - Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering Technology, Nungambakkam, Chennai

The Pan IIT Alumni Leadership Series (PALS), an education initiative, undertaken by the IIT Alumni Center, Chennai, organized the finals and an exhibition of the finalists’ projects of ‘innoWAH’ the Innovation Challenge Competition on the theme-Conservation of Natural Resources using Technology today at the Exhibition Hall, IC&SR Building, IIT Madras. 14 teams from engineering colleges of Tamil Nadu   participated in the finals and demonstrated their projects to the panel of judges drawn from various industries. The main aim of “innoWAH!”, PALS Innovation Challenge Competition is to recognize promising young innovators.

The teams also exhibited their projects to different categories of visitors who were invited by PALS – students, faculty and management of various engineering educational institutions, industry experts and professionals, as well as investors and HNIs.

The results of the competition were announced at the end of the day. The top 3 teams which won prizes were:

1st Place – Project: ARTIFICIALLY CONSTRUCTED WETLAND – M.A.M. College of Engineering & Technology, Trichy.

2nd Place – Project: JAL SEEMAK WATER LIMITER – KCG College of Technology, Karapakkam, Chennai.

3rd Place – ​​Project: IRRIGATION CONTROLLER SYSTEM USING MICROCONTROLLERS AND SENSORS ASSISTED BY ANDROID APPLICATION CONTROL – Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering Technology, Nungambakkam, Chennai.

All the teams left with a feeling of encouragement, having demonstrated their ideas and projects to a wide audience and with ambitions of taking their ideas further.

Speaking about the initiative, N Alamelu, Former Chairperson, PALS said “innoWAH!, the flagship event of PALS, has taken a good shape over the years. Apart from bringing out the innovative mind set of the students, this competition enhances other good characteristics like team spirit, eye to details, adherence to strict time lines and communication skills. It is needless to say that the students reaped much benefit from their interactions with industry persons, mentors, researchers and other IIT Alumni”.

“The effort of PALS to encourage creativity among student community coupled with basic commercial aspects is laudable ..!! Students’ active participation from various colleges is heartwarming and I am very glad to be part of this students’ innovative skill development process”. Said a representative from an Industry Partner company, who was involved with innoWAH! for the past 3 years

Objective

The objective of “innoWAH!”,PALS Innovation Challenge Competition is to recognize promising young innovators who focus on solving India’s pressing problems with their innovative ideas. The exhibition, which is a part of this competition, enables the innovations to be noticed by various people in the academics and industry, thereby providing opportunities for them to go far beyond this competition. The students get to interact with a large number of people in a day from different walks of life, which helps them build their communication skills and confidence.

 

Focus Areas

India is burdened with a multitude of problems today; there is immense scope for innovative application of technology at the grass-root level to obtain viable solutions. The theme for the competition is – Conservation of Natural Resources using Technology.

Having a theme like this enables the focus to select areas that are relevant for our country today, and also provides a variety of options to the students.

 Event Format

The event format is being continuously improved to provide more touch points for the participating students with industry experts, thereby providing a wholesome industry orientation to the projects. It also provides avenues for the participants to apply Engineering concepts to real life situations. The industry also gets opportunities to identify talent for further nurturing.

 

The Important milestones of the events have been as follows:

  1. The Orientation Video was provided for the intended participants in August 2016.
  2. Based on a specific request by a section of the students, PALS organised two “Project Idea Generation Sessions” in September 2016. These were additional sessions, not part of the regular PALS offering. In these sessions, a panel of industry experts addressed the questions raised by the students, related to generating ideas for their innoWAH projects
  3. By the end of September, 30 teams from 16 colleges registered for the competition.
  4. A one day mentoring workshop was held in early October for all participating teams, to enable them learn concepts of Finance and Innovation.
  5. Each team submitted a “Concept & Design Document” for creating models or prototypes, based on its ideas and plans, in mid-November. PALS evaluated these documents using experts from industry, and shortlisted 14 teams for the finals.
  6. As they were building their models, the 14 finalist teams were provided project specific mentoring by industry experts for a month until mid-February.
  7. Final Round of the Competition was held today. The finalist projects were evaluated by a panel of judges drawn from industry experts. The teams also held an exhibition of their projects to which PALS has invited people from the industry and educational institutions.
  8. Awards Ceremony – Top three teams will be given an award, during the PALS Valediction Function for the current academic year, scheduled in April 2017.

 

Take-aways

The students benefited considerably with the multiple contact points with industry which the present format of PALS events provided. The mentoring sessions by industry experts in various stages of the event were also found to be useful, where they got exposure to practical application of engineering concepts. The industry persons involved in this exercise were impressed with the enthusiasm of the students and expressed that there is considerable talent and innovation available amongst the students. PALS’s industry partners have also offered other industry projects for the students this year, over and above the innoWAH competition.

 

PARTNER INSTITUTES

AGNI COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, CHENNAI ALPHA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, CHENNAI ANAND INSTITUTE OF HIGHER TECHNOLOGY, CHENNAI DHANALAKSHMI

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, CHENNAI

DHIRAJLAL GANDHI

COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, SALEM

DR MGR EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE, CHENNAI LOYOLA ICAM COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING &TECHNOLOGY, CHENNAI VIVEKANANDHA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FOR WOMEN, TIRUCHENGODE
KCG COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, CHENNAI KSR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, TIRUCHENGODE HINDUSTAN UNIVERSITY, CHENNAI MAM COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, TRICHY
RAJALAKSHMI INSTITUTIONS, CHENNAI SREE SASTHA GROUP OF INSTITUTIONS, CHENNAI VELLORE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY,
CHENNAI CAMPUS
JAYARAM GROUP OF INSTITUTIONS, TRICHY

 

INDUSTRY PARTNERS

ASHOK LEYLAND LIMITED BRAKES INDIA PRIVATE  LTD  LUCID SOFTWARE LIMITED GAMESA RENEWABLES PVT LTD
GH INDUCTION INDIA PVT LTD ITC LIMITED L&T CONSTRUCTION L&T RUBBER PROCESSING MACHINERY
MAHINDRA RESEARCH VALLEY POWERGEAR LIMITED SAINT GOBAIN GLASS INDIA LTD SHREE RENGA POLYMERS
TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES TECHNIP INDIA LIMITED WHEELS INDIA LIMITED WIPRO LIMITED

 

About PALS: The Pan IIT Alumni Leadership Series (PALS) is an education initiative, undertaken by the IIT Alumni Center, Chennai, [also known as IIT Alumni Industry Interaction Center, (IITAIIC), Chennai, as to benefit the students of engineering colleges in and around Chennai. PALS was started six years ago as a lecture series, and has since come a long way to its present form.

 

The different events of this initiative are structured to address the needs of students, faculty and administrators of the institutions.  The goal is to contribute towards enhancing the quality of engineering education and the industry readiness of students graduating from these institutes. The initiative leverages the experience and expertise available within the IIT alumni community across corporate, academic and entrepreneurial spheres and strives to bring this varied experience to the colleges.

At present, in its sixth edition, it consists of a bouquet of events spread across an entire academic year.  These consist of student focused events such as Campus Lectures, Theory to Practice Lectures and Innovation Challenge Competition, Residential Student Workshop; faculty focused events such as Industry Visits and IIT MadrasDepartment visits and Faculty Development Program; and management focused events such as Education Summit. PALS has extended its operations to the engineering colleges in Trichy region and also enrolled 16 Industry Partners to provide industry knowledge and expertise through projects, internships, industry visits, workshops etc.

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