Intel Embedded Challenge 2011 results announced

19th August 2011,Banglore

T.J. David and Kudikala Shravan Kumar, from International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad have won the coveted Intel India Embedded Challenge grand prize for 2011 for their project Solar Powered Crop Harvesting Robot.

The nationwide competition is an initiative by Intel in India to recognize and reward outstanding ideas in embedded technology, based on the Intel Atom processor.

“We want to cultivate technical talent in India and promote our knowledge economy, so we can cater to emerging markets. Companies like Intel who share their technological expertise and foster the development of these skills in India play a crucial role in this endeavor” said H K Mittal, Head, National Science and technology Entrepreneurship Development Board,(NSTEDB) Dept of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi.

This contest was held in three rounds. In round I,   brief idea was to be submitted. From among thousands of Ideas that Intel received, it shortlisted 110 teams(maximum of two members per team) for the second round. In second round a detailed report was submitted by the eligible teams. On the basis of these reports, 31 teams finally qualified for the finals. All these teams were then eligible for the third and final round. In this round, teams were expected to develop there idea into reality. Intel assigned two intel employees as mentors to each student team. Mentors continuously guided each team in prototype development. Apart from this, Intel also provided every participant with Intel atom kit along with  a contingency amount of Rs 5000 for peripherals. Prototype development phase lasted for 4 months. And finally, all the finalists were invited to Intel headquarters located at Bangalore to showcase their innovation. Intel bore the entire expense of traveling, food and lodging of participants.

The uniqueness of this contest is that it is open to all. Students, Scientists,Doctors. Engineers, interpreters- all can participate. This makes this contest the toughest. 

The brightest of minds assembled at Intel headquarter on 18th and 19th August.On 18th, each prototype was evaluated by five judges individually. On 19th the Intel employees and VVIPs visited the contest venue. The results were complied and officially announced on 19th of August. One of the Winners from Thapar University  said-

This the best contest we have seen till date. Intel provides an open platform with no restriction. We dreamt of something. And today when we see our idea turn into  reality, it makes us proud.

Once we started implementing the idea, we faced many ups and down. At times we even thought of giving up. In the first two months we failed several times or rather in the words of Thomas Edison We successfully found 10,000 ways that would not work. We kept switching from one software and hardware platform to another and to yet another. In the meantime we learned a lot.
All the while our mentors helped us technically and motivated us when things didn’t work. Mr Pankaj Moharikar sir helped us in all possible ways. He guided us when we were struck and  inspired us when we were low. Infact without his guidance and support this idea would never have turned into reality.

This year’s Intel India Embedded Challenge had two main categories – ‘Embedded Geeks’ and ‘Embedded Solutions for a Social Cause’.
Entries were submitted under five themes: Biomedical and healthcare, Education, Smart Solutions, Industrial and Consumer Electronics, Rural IT, e-governance and citizen services.
There were awards of Rs 50,000 in each theme and an overall cash prize of Rs 10 lakhs.
The details of winners are as follows

Participant’s Name
Solar Powered Crop Harvesting
Rural IT & Agriculture
Overall winner
(Rs 10,00,000)
T.J. David, Kudikala Shravan Kumar
International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad
Smart Arm
Bio Medical &Health Care
Theme Award
(Rs. 50,000-)
Amit Ranjan,
Deepender Singla
Thapar University
VORWIS(Virtual Object in Real World – Interacting & Sharing)
Theme Award
 (Rs. 50,000-)
Ganesh Pitchiah,
Pragyanandesh Narayan Tripathi
Indian Institute Of Technology, Kanpur
A Novel Approach to 4 Dimensional Interfacing Schemes using Intel Atom Processor
Industrial & consumer Electronics
Theme Award
(Rs. 50,000-)
Gaurav Jain
SASTRA University
3D Mapper & Navigation System for Autonomous Ground Robots
Smart Solutions
Theme Award
(Rs. 50,000/-)
Akash Mohan Singhal, Aditya Shanker Raghuwanshi
Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, Rajasthan
Portable Electronic Nose for Tea Industry
Rural IT & Agriculture
Theme Award (Rs. 50,000-)
Amritasu Das, Hena Roy
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Kolkata
Remote Operation of Electrical Gadgets Using Simple Mobile Phone
Smart Solutions
Jury Special Award (Rs. 50,000-)
Debapratim Sarkar, Saikat Das Adhikari
Techno India College of Technology
Embedded Eyes for the Blind
Biomedical and Healthcare
Popular Choice Award
 (Rs. 50,000-)
Anurag Awasthi & Avani Nandini
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
All the winners will get direct entry into ‘Next Big Idea Contest” Organized jointly by Intel and DST. Started just in 2010, this contest has grown bigger and better in terms of participation and quality of innovation. Today it is one of the best innovation challenges in India.

Its NOW or NEVER!!


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  • Vikash

    Gr8 info…i look forward to participate in next year

  • Can you please add Pragyanandesh Narayan Tripathi's name to VORWIS,Education theme.We both were in the team IIEC_850.
    -Ganesh Pitchiah

  • The list has been updated,we apologize for any inconvenience caused.

  • Ramesh

    This robo-harvestor can revolutionise the entire agriculture, but i doubt its cost efficiency.

  • Vaibhav

    Can anyone tell me more about 'Embedded eye for blind'..I m working on a similar project

  • Aditi

    True Innovations

  • Manjunath

    I didn't know about this contest before, else i would hv tried