Future Edisons and Bill Gates from 12 countries showcased their inventions at the four-day International Exhibition for Young Inventors 2007 held at Pragati Maidan.
The event, which concluded on Friday saw young inventors below 20 years of age combine innovation and creativity in their inventions.
“I was inspired by the young inventors who had taken part in this exhibition earlier. So I visited the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and got the idea there,” said M. Abhilash, referring to his invention, ‘a simple no-cost device to remove storage pests from food grain.’
This Class VII student of Lisieux Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore, bagged the award for ‘best innovation.” The other award winner – Nayana Sumanga Rajapakshe of Sri Lanka – was travelling in a bus when his ‘Efficient Funnel’ invention “suddenly struck” him.
He received the Japan Institute of Invention’s award for the ‘invention rich in originality and creativity’. Other entries this year were a multifunctional sports shoe, a life-saving robot on water and a soundless railway track.
The third award went to the students of The Affiliated High School of South China Normal University for their multifunctional intelligent detector and interior air pollution purifier.