The All Girls team comprising of Gokila Chandran, Reeba Roy Mannoor, Prabha John, Christy John, Ruksana Hamsa and Bijosha P from Sahrdaya College of Engineering bagged the top honours at TechTop 2016. Their project Plastic Concrete Hollow blocks was adjudged the best project at the 11th National Innovation Contest – TechTop 2016 that concluded at the college premises today. The coveted Techtop Degree C prize instituted by Degree Controls comprising a cash award of Rs.1 lakh and trophy was awarded to the winners, by Prof C Raveendranath, Hon. Minister for Education at the valedictory function. The second prize of Rs.50, 000 was won by Amal Jyothi College of Engineering for their project ‘Table Top Coconut de husking tool’, while the third prize of Rs.30, 000 went to Mumbai-based St. Francis Institute of Technology , for their project ‘Intelligent Tablet Dispenser.’
Prof C Raveendranath, chief guest at the valedictory function, said, “Competitions and festivals are forums for us to know and interact with others at the same time a platform to understand ourselves and our strengths. It is not important whether you become a successful professional. A person is called educated if he has fully understood the true essence of humanitarian values and live their lives based on these values. Success is subjective, what will sustain each one of us through our lives are these humanitarian values.”
Girls from Vidya Academy of Science & Technology won the All Women Team award for their project ‘Hand free PC Control using Tongue and Cheek’. They won a cash prize of Rs.20, 000. Consolation prizes of Rs. 20,000 each were given to Amal Jyothi college of Engineering, Kanjirappally for their project ‘E-Spark, Egg Shell Peeler’ and Saintgits College of Engineering, Kottayam for their project ‘Design and Fabrication of a versatile wheel chair.’
The Junior Innovation Challenge conducted for high school students had 13 projects on display. Of these KTCT Higher Secondary School of Trivandrum district won the top honours of a cash prize of Rs.25,000 for their project ‘Energy Saving Billing Control System. Students of Vidyodaya School, Kochi won the second prize for their project ‘Air Drum’ and the third prize was won again by KTCT Higher Secondary School for their project ‘Eco Smoke Remover’. They were awarded cash prize of Rs.15,000 and Rs.10,000 respectively. The consolation prize was given to SB Higher Secondary School from Changanacherry for their project ‘No Parking Sensor’.
The first prize winners have developed a product that makes use of plastic bottles to make plastic granules which can be used as alternative to sand in concrete and manufacture of blocks. This innovation can bring in a major breakthrough in solving two major environmental problems of sand extraction from rivers and disposal of plastic waste. This innovation, if translated to large scale manufacturing will be a boon to a to the construction industry and also a solution of recycling waste plastic bottles.
‘Table Top Coconut Dehusking Tool’ developed by Amal Jyothi College makes dehusking the coconut easy by employing a device which can be used on the table top operated by hand taking advantage of the principle of mechanical advantage. This product is totally safe and easy to use compared to the models available in market now. The product was jointly developed by Alen Anil, Ajin Omanakuttan, Parameswaran S, Akash CM and Jishnu Rajiv.
The third prize winner – Intelligent Tablet Dispenser is a smart device that stores medicines and periodically dispenses the medicine as per the prescription which can be programmed using a mobile App by the care giver. The App alerts the care giver if the patient has not taken the medicine from the dispenser at the appointed time. This will be a great convenience in the care of bed ridden patients where the family members have to leave them at home and go for work. The intelligent tablet dispenser was developed by Flavian Pegado, Mithil Raut, Neha Nagarkoti, Ankit Shanu, Yash Dedania and Tanvi Sinha of St. Francis Institute of Technology from Mumbai.
As many as 22 innovative projects were exhibited at ‘TechTop-2016. Prof V K Damodaran, Jury Chairman of the contest said in his keynote address, “Judging the 22 projects was very challenging at the same time interesting for the jury. The best thing this year was that some of the projects on display have addressed daily life issues with very simple solutions aiming at healthy and safe living. The jury is particularly impressed by the projects exhibited by the school students at the Junior Innovation Challenge purely for their thought and innovation in addressing a common issue we face in our daily lives and developed solutions that are very sensible and simple.”
Rajesh M Nair, founder of TechTop & Degree C and Visiting Faculty of MIT USA & Director ASB Malaysia conducted a seven days innovation workshop as part of the Techtop 2016 where about 60 engineering students from various parts of India participated. Radhakrishnan Nair, CEO TrEST Research Park and Trustee of the TechTop Charitable Trust announced the awards. Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Antu Alappadan, Executive Director, SCET, Prof. K T Joseph, Director, SCET, Rev.Fr. (Dr.) Joji Pallamattath, Associate Executive Director, SCET, Dr. Sudha George, Principal, SCET; Vince Paul, Head – Computers Department SCET also graced the closing ceremony.