The winners were felicitated with cash prizes and medals in the august presence of Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Mr. Harkesh Mittal, Adviser, Member Secretary, National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB).
Ravi Pandit, Co-founder, Chairman & Group CEO, KPIT said, "Sparkle is setting new benchmarks in creativity and inventiveness every year. The ideas that we have been receiving from the participants bring tremendous potential in transforming the energy and transportation landscape of the country, which is aiming to significantly lower the carbon footprint and make cities smarter with cleaner, greener, and intelligent technologies." He added, "Through Sparkle, we will provide opportunities for budding innovators to access incubation centers to convert their ideas into viable products. KPIT will also look at incubating some of the promising ideas."
The participants presented working prototypes, or, life-size models of their solutions for improving road safety using technologies such as drones, data analytics, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, and IoT (Internet of Things) to either help prevent accidents or reduce response time during emergencies; increasing charging efficiency, energy storage, and power regeneration capacity of electric and hybrid vehicles; reducing traffic congestion with intelligent solutions to re-route vehicle movement as per the traffic conditions; simplifying toll payment through digitized systems; generating power from water to control environmental pollution; converting waste heat from kitchen stoves into electricity; economically recycling plastic waste into composite building materials; conditioning room temperature in a cost-effective and eco-friendly manner using paraffin wax; air conditioning vehicles with indirect evaporative coolers; solving the problem of massive oil spills by filtering water up to the drinkable level; providing affordable electricity and cooking fuel to villages; recycling waste tyres into oil, which can be further used to power automotive fuel, among others.
To increase the reach and visibility of the contest, KPIT rolled out social media campaigns, consisting of video testimonials by the past winners and current participants, games, tech sessions, and on-ground visits to colleges across the country. It garnered 30,000 followers on its social media channel.
KPIT (BSE: 532400, NSE: KPIT) is a global technology company specializing in providing IT Consulting and Product Engineering solutions and services to Automotive, Manufacturing, Energy & Utilities and Life Sciences companies. Together with its customers and partners, it creates and delivers technologies to enable creating a cleaner, greener and more intelligent world that is sustainable and efficient.