Students from more than 100 colleges participated for chance to win prizes worth INR 20 Lakhs and nationwide recognition.
Pune, March 3, 2015 : KPIT (BSE: 532400; NSE: KPIT), a global technology company specializing in product engineering and IT consulting, today announced the winners of the first round of Sparkle 2015 - a national design and development innovation contest, in association with College of Engineering, Pune. Through this contest, KPIT seeks to foster a culture of innovation among engineering, technology and science students by inviting their ideas around the theme 'Towards Better Mobility and Energy'. Students are encouraged to think out of the box and solve our problems in mobility and energy.
The response was overwhelming from students spread out in 17 states in India. Over 1100 students from more than 114 science and engineering colleges submitted over 400 innovative ideas. Out of these, 60 ideas were selected for the second round of the competition. Some of the ideas selected include generating electricity from road traffic; self-healing roads; developing a handheld printer with limitless print area and low power consumption amongst others. Students from the qualifying teams have now started working on their Proof of Concepts (POC) to get their idea shortlisted for the final round.
Ravi Pandit, Co-founder, Chairman & Group CEO, KPIT said, "The ideas we've received are proof of the massive intellectual potential of today's youth. These students have nurtured ideas that can go a long way towards solving the key problems in our world today at significantly lower costs, positively impacting large number of lives. We strongly believe in building an innovative society through our work. Sparkle 2015 shines a light on the scientific and technology acumen which exists among students and young professionals."
Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Director, College of Engineering, Pune said, "Sparkle 2015 is an excellent platform for students to practically apply the concepts that they learn in theory. It is a pleasure to receive such an overwhelming response to Sparkle 2015. All the ideas submitted included practical solutions for real world problems. We congratulate the First Round Winners and wish them the best to carry forward their impressive ideas of solving mobility and energy problems."
Projects making good progress will qualify for the final round of Sparkle 2015. This will be held on 22nd of March, 2015 on the grounds of College of Engineering, Pune. Eminent judges will evaluate the projects and announce the winners of Sparkle 2015 who will win prizes worth INR 20 Lakhs and nationwide recognition. The event will be open to public. For more information visit: www.kpit.com/sparkle