In August of 2009, Intel partnered with the Karnataka India Ministry for Higher Education to create a contest designed to provide engineering and MBA students with an opportunity to develop and showcase innovative design talent in India. The contest invited universities and engineering institutes across the region to develop innovative product concepts that explore the endless possibilities of embedded applications based on Embedded Intel® Architecture.
The contest judges reviewed more project submissions from over 2170 participants from across India. An expert panel then selected 36 teams based on their projects innovation and market potential to receive an Intel® Atom™ Processor kit to prototype their product concepts. The submissions included a public transport monitoring system to inform riders of the location and arrival time of buses to encourage more ridership, a gesture based wheelchair control system for physically challenged people, an automobile monitoring system to improve road safety and reduce the environmental impact of cars, a smart Braille reader, and, the grand prize winner, an autonomous TRACTROBOT.
The winning TRACTROBOT uses and embedded Intel® Atom™ Processor to autonomously drive an agricultural tractor for tillage, seedbed preparation, spraying, and seeding operations with the benefit of increasing the efficiency of farming operations. This winning team, led by Mr. Sanjay Bansal, took home a grand prize of Rs 1 million (approximately US $21,000).
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Aravind Limbavali, Honorable Minister for Higher Education Government of Karnataka, said “As a formidable repository of technical talent, India has steadily and firmly moved to the forefront of technology that in turn helps in fostering a knowledge based economy. Companies like Intel with their proven technological skills have played a big role in this endeavor. I am very happy with our association with Intel India on ‘Embedded Challenge Awards’ which promotes talent and fosters innovation amongst engineering graduates and technical professionals all across India in the space of embedded technology.”