The KPIT Sparkle 2018
edition, with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, as its knowledge partner, invited students to develop next-generation technologies-applying artificial intelligence, new materials, and cybersecurity to make products in the energy and transportation sectors greener, safer, and user-convenient. It received more than 12,000 registrations from more than 600 engineering and science colleges in the pre-qualification stage and shortlisted 30 of the 1,500+ teams for the finals based on the novelty, affordability, and commercial viability of their proposed ideas. KPIT Sparkle is an initiative by the company's Innovation Council chaired by Dr. R. A. Mashelkar
, Board Member
, KPIT which focuses on the promotion of innovation both within the company and outside. International jurors consisting of eminent industry experts, technologists, academicians, and business leaders will evaluate the projects.