In a verdant part of Mumbai, some of India’s brightest people are working hard, preparing for the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay’s (IIT-B’s) Tech-Connect, a three-day showcase of innovations dreamed up by the college’s faculty.
TechConnect — a part of the Powai institute’s annual technology event, Techfest — provides a platform for the industry to view and collaborate with the latest technology emerging form various IIT labs.
It also gives participants from across India an opportunity to interact with the people behind these creations. With over 60,000 footfalls, Techfest is Asia’s largest technology festival. Even students are part of the faculty projects, and participating and winning adds weight to a resume.
The 13-year-old festival is featuring TechConnect for the second time this year in an attempt to encourage research and development (R&D).
From solar lanterns to radiation shields, the fest will showcase 60 exhibits across information technology, defence, energy and healthcare. The festival — to be held from January 22 to 24 — will allow public viewing of the innovations on the first two days, while on the third day business corporations will be invited for presentations.
Last year, over 100 corporations registered for TechConnect, and three of the 40 exhibits were picked up.
This year, IIT-B is expecting more industry registrations.
“We hope to motivate participants to take up R&D. Also, participant and industry feedback is essential to help improve our product,” said Professor M.V. Rane, who will exhibit his solar multi-utility heat pump at TechConnect. “Also, students interested in any field can approach us and work with us on our projects. They don’t have to be from IIT.”
Said Nikhil Kashid, TechFest’s media manager: “There is a lot of R&D at IIT and this is good platform for the industry and faculty to interact. It is an attempt to display all the application-oriented research coming out of here.”