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SRM Wins Cash Prize in Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge: India Analog Design Contest 2014

SRM Among top 19 award Winning Teams out of the 1750 Teams

SRM known from for its innovation and research was a vibrant participant of this competition. Two teams were selected for the initial Phase 1 from SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). One comprised of three and one students from the department of EEE; the other a team formed by a PHD research scholar from the dept. of E&I. Both these teams uploaded a demo of their projects on Youtube, from which only one was given the title, “Phase 1 Winner” and invited for the conference at Bangalore.

Overwhelming response and Appreciation
The response for the Youtube video uploaded by the winning team was overwhelming, to say the least. It had more than 4,700 combined likes and views from all over the world. The video was well choreographed and very well presented. It received appreciation from staff from many departments of the college and many students too. Even some of the judges expressed their admiration of the video, with one of the judges joked that directors of Bollywood were looking to hire the presenters in the video due to their popularity.

At the exhibition, there were around 50 stalls occupied with projects from college students and their mentors from all parts of India. Among the selected colleges were IITs and NITs and other distinguished universities. From them all, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) stood out in terms of quality of project and presentation. The only team with a combination of students from both Masters’ and Bachelor’s programs, the team from SRM presented a thought out, core project. SRM’s stall was well equipped with flamboyant banners and posters. It is mentionable that SRM’s stall was the only one with pamphlets that gave a quick summary of their projects and also invited industrial support to execute their project on a grander scale.

An important part of the conference was the paper presentation of each of the projects in front of a distinguished panel of judges and industry experts. SRM’s paper was presented and the questions which are asked typically after every paper presentation was answered brilliantly too. Most likely reason for not featuring in the top 3 awards is that we had a prototype level design whereas others had final product level projects.

TI Innovation Challenge: India allows engineering students across India to design products using at least three TI analog ICs, or two TI analog ICs and a TI embedded processors. The two-tiered design contest starts at the college level across India and culminates in a national level contest in April. The winners at the national level will receive a prize of Rs.5.38 lakh ($10,000) and a trophy. This contest had its inception in 2010 the fifth edition of it recently concluded in April 2014.

The main aim of the contest is to inspire students to get creative with technology and chip design. Texas Instruments has a robust University program encompassing over 800 engineering colleges to help encourage innovation in system and applications design using TI’s Analog and Embedded Processing products.
The initial part of the contest involves submitting a project proposal. The project idea can be of any domain as long as it utilizes TI products. The team composition can be of UG students, PG students or a mix of them. At least three teamsfrom a college should send their proposal to participate in the contest. The proposals are screened by company officials and around 20% of them are chosen for Phase 1 of the competition.

The teams selected for Phase 1 are provided with the TI components free of cost. Teams are given around 3 months to complete the project and make the necessary documents in the form of project plan and technical paper. Apart from this, each team is also required to make a video demo of the project and upload on Youtube.
All these parameters are evaluated and selected teams are declared winners of phase 1. Each college can have only one winner. The winning teams are awarded $200 each and compete in phase 2 again. Phase 2 involves making a video of a formal presentation and making the same presentation at a Texas Instruments India Educators Conference in Bangalore.

Teams are also required to exhibit their projects in allotted stalls at the conference which lasts two days. Finally, the winners of the top 3 awards are announced at the end of day 2. Special awards include ‘Best video’, ‘Most popular video’ and ‘Women’s team award’. Consolation prizes are also handed out. Apart from this, all phase 1 winners have a chance to publish their technical paper in IEEE Xplore. Conference proceedings are also printed out and made into hard copies. Phase 1 winners also stand to gain an internship opportunities at reputed companies after a written exam and interview process. TI also takes care of the staying and travel expenses for two members of the team.