New Delhi: The National Fair finale of the India Innovation Initiative (i3) saw around 40 best-in-class innovation entries battling it out for top honours. The finalists were shortlisted after participating and winning in the Regional Fairs organized at Noida, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar and Chennai.
The top five cash award winners selected by the national jury were Dilip Shrinivas Velaskar for his Thrombochek Test to reduce Thrombotic Mortality Anirudh Thakur for hydro operated jute and paper bag making machine. Third prize went to Sabarinath C Nair for a simple, intuitive simulation for welding training. While the fourth prize went to Shrikant Kunden for Digital Location System, the fifth and the final prize went to Adess Singh for a device to trap particulate matter (smoke) from engine exhaust, without increasing backpressure.
i3 is the successful partnership between Agilent Technologies, Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to create and sustain an ecosystem of innovation and encourage innovators of all ages and backgrounds.
A jury panel comprising eminent industry bodies, reputed incubator partners, scientists, business management experts and government representatives came together to evaluated each of the finalists’ entries.
The initiative is being supported by government and non-government incubator and investor associations for incubation, entrepreneurship and marketability.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Parmeet S. Ahuja, President and Country General Manager, Agilent Technologies India said, “This is the fourth year of i3. We continue to be heartened by the strong response we receive from across the country; it highlights the importance of avenues like i3 to bring out the hidden talent India possesses, not just in large metros, but in far-flung rural areas as well. It makes us proud that Agilent can play a small role in this.”
"For last 3 years i3 has evolved from merely an awareness program to a facilitating mechanism which provides incubation, funding, industry connect and other supports to grassroot innovators”,” said B. P. Singh, Head NCSTC, Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India.
Anjan Das, Senior Director, CII highlighted, “i3 in its 4th consecutive year has matured as a model that exemplifies joint collaboration between industry and government. CII's goal has been to encourage and facilitate innovation not only in the industry but also in the society, as we strongly believe that India has great potential for creating innovations at the grass-root level. Through partnership with DST, its incubators in NSTEDB, industry body like Agilent, angel investors and other institutional mechanisms the initiative has created a platform where innovators could find new avenues to explore and expand their dreams of improving and commercializing their innovations. "
Overall, i3 2012 saw around 600 entries for innovation this year.