TechTop Innovation Competition 2015
TechTop Innovation Competition was started in 2006 to identify and promote young student innovators in India. Over the past ten years more than 3000 projects have been proposed and some 250 teams have demonstrated and presented their innovation at the final event. This video shows the competition event from 2015 held at Mar Baselios College of Engineering , Trivandrum.Live Preview
MIT Make In India 2015
TechTop organized the MIT-Make In India where 10 students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and 10 students from engineering colleges from India were brought together for a month-long workshop in Innovation, Fabrication and Entrepreneurship. These students learned the process of Digital Fabrication of products, basics of Design Thinking, and Entrepreneurship skills. Out of the five final projects one went on to be a social program and another a startupLive Preview
Kadha: The Organic Soap Project
At MIT Make In India program one of the teams worked with local women who were making handmade organic soaps.. The students learned the process of making soaps, created soaps in sizes and shapes for multiple markets before zeroing in on luxury hotels. This new soap called Kadha (story) also carries a card containing the story of the individual woman who made the soap to make a direct connection with the user of the soap. Kadha, a soap that was made by one individual for use by one individual without machines and chemicals in between that create industrially usual made soapsLive Preview
TechTop Innovation Workshop
TechTop conducted a week-long workshop for some 90 students from Indian and MIT along withTechTop Innovation Competition in 2015. Students worked in three tracks (IoT, Health & Living and Enabling Toys) to understand real problems first hand and learn to develop solutions for them.Students developed interesting products for the problems they identified. The products were demonstrated on the final day.Live Preview
TechTop is Innovating Challenging Mentoring Promoting outstanding engineering talent
TechTop Innovation Challenge and Summit is India’s prime technological event that celebrates the outstanding contributions of young innovators in the country. After eleven years of successfully organising the Annual TechTop Innovation Challenge, we can proudly claim that India is now a hotbed for technological innovations. In just a few years, we have witnessed over 30 startups from our past winners and participants. Now, the Annual Innovation Challenge has been converted to a month-long Innovation Summit to bring the global innovation community to India to share their experiences, and to innovate solutions jointly with India’s young engineers.
TechTop 2016 - First Prize (Rs.1,00,000 Cash Award)
Project: Plastic Concrete Hollow blocks
Sahrdaya College of Engineering, Kodakara, Trichur
Second Prize (Rs.50,000 Cash Award)
Project: Table-top Coconut De-Husking ToolAmal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirappally
Third Prize (Rs.30,000 Cash Award)
Project: Intelligent Tablet DispenserSt. Francis Institute of Technology, Mumbai
11th National Innovation Contest
Finals held at:
Sahrdaya College of Engineering & Technology,
5-6 August 2016 Thrissur, Kodakara, Kerala.
TechTop 2015 - First Prize
Project: Latex Carry Backpack
TechTop 2015 - Second Prize
Project: Cost-Effective Monitoring System for Intravenous Infusion
TechTop 2015- Third Prize
Project: Upasana: Diagnostic Toolkit for ASHA Workers
Avinash Prabhakar (Contestant, TechTop 2007 & 2008)
"TechTop is a very good event to encourage youngsters to come up with innovative ideas. They strongly motivated us to do our best. I have twice participated in the TechTop challenge."
Ankeeth Ved (Contestant, TechTop 2007)
"I was delighted to be a part of the TechTop challenge. It gave me exposure and made me think of projects which were not just theoretical but also practical, with an objective of giving to the society."
Aswathy Prasad (Contestant, TechTop 2008 )
"I am really grateful to the TechTop team who provided us with a platform to participate in one of India’s renowned technical events. Had a wonderful experience showcasing our projects."
Established in 2005 with the goal of identifying, promoting and celebrating young innovators from rural and urban India, the TechTop Charitable Trust has been organising a national annual TechTop Innovation Challenge since 2006. Over the past eleven years, the contests have attracted around 16,000 engineering students from across India to come forward and put forth their innovative ideas on products and services that would help solve the real problems faced by the community. Every year, outstanding entries go through a three-stage selection process; they are invited to present the outcome of their months- long efforts before a panel of judges, and to unveil their working prototypes before the media and the public. Inspired by the appreciation they receive, more than 30 startups have sprung up from the laps of our student community. There was even a “Forbes 30 under 30” out of the TechTop programme. It is also a fact that several of the successful innovators did not continue along the road to entrepreneurship; instead they have opted for higher studies or entered well- paid jobs, probably in more comfortable work environments.
The TechTop team believes that innovators need not necessarily be ‘born’, they can be ‘made’. We believe that it is possible for us to polish the as-yet-undiscovered pool of innovative talents. Therefore, a week-long ‘Innovation Workshop’ has thus been arranged prior to the TechTop event at the same venue since 2014; interested contestants were also encouraged to attend these. The course covered Digital Fabrication, Design Thinking, Product Design and Fabrication. The results of these workshops were so encouraging that a month- long boot-camp called ‘MIT - Make in India’ emerged under the TechTop (TT) banner in 2015. It brought students from all over India, and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to work together to find technological solutions to social issues.
Believing that it is better to catch them young, the team also introduced a ‘Junior TechTop’ contest for school children during the 2015 & 2016 TT events. A public contest to stir the enthusiasm for those who do not fall within TT’s original framework was also organised.
TT contestants do not have to pay registration fees or any other fees to attend this event. Those who nurture an idea were advised to form groups of 4 (generally), picking similar-minded persons from different specialisations, semesters or institutions, and preferably guided by a faculty member of any discipline. The participants were also assisted with free accommodation, food and travel money for attending the final event from wherever they were coming.