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Contest to pick the best innovations

mumbai Updated: Sep 25, 2010 01:58 IST
Snehal Rebello

A black box for a car to aid post-accident investigations and an adaptive front lighting system of an automobile that will adapt itself in real time according to the needs of the curvature of the road and an ayurvedic capsule that hastens relief for patients with heart and brain stroke paralysis.

These and 13 other innovations under the Indian Innovation Initiative (i3) 2010 campaign, were shortlisted on Friday to represent the western region at the nationwide innovation competition to be held in the last week of November.

The fair at the Indian Institute of Technology– Bombay (IIT-B), held to shortlist the candidates, saw about 40 innovations from various spheres of life – from students, professionals, homemakers and even senior citizens.

Dr Vinod Marathe, who also teaches at the Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, and whose ayurvedic capsule Suved is used at various hospitals across the state, is a contender.

“Although the capsule is already being administered to heart and brain stroke paralysis patients, it should reach the masses, especially at the taluka level in rural areas,” Marathe said. The best 15 innovations were chosen on the basis of technical feasibility, market potential of the innovation and its impact on the industry, society and environment.

Apart from cash awards, the final five national winners will be mentored with regard to incubation support, making business plans and helping commercialise their technologies.

“Although there are thousands at the bottom of the pyramid, only one may emerge with a google at the end. But there will be others who will watch this one person, get inspired and innovate,” said Professor C Amarnath of IIT-B’s Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), that will mentor the final winners.

With the aim of creating an atmosphere for innovation, the competition is organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries, Department of Science and Technology and Agilient Technologies.

Young Indians, IIMA’s Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship and IIT-B’s SINE and Entrepreneurship Cell will provide the mentoring.

G S Sunderraman of Godrej Boyce Mfg. Limited said, “This (fair) is a catchment area to get more and more innovations. Innovators should be courageous.”