"Design is not for philosophy, it's for life."
Envision is the annual product design competition organized by E-Cell. It caters to those visionaries who have it in them to impact our present, and revolutionize our future. The aim of this competition is to provide an arena where the next generation of block-buster products can be showcased and to provide a platform for the winners to take their idea to the next level.Envision 2013 was Sponsored by Microsoft and winners received prize money of INR 1.5L With the assistance of the TePP, feasible products can get upto 45 lacs worth of funding and mentorship.
Whether the products are software novelties or hardware designs, this contest offers you not only academic recognition but also helps you make that idea a reality. Only the most ground-breaking and innovative products are then developed further with the help of reputed individuals from academia, industry and organizations such as TEPP, TIETS, DST and venture capitalists.
We have recognized five different contention paths. Participants may classify their products in one of these paths along with their justifications.
Mechanical: Do you think your design can beat the Nano? Do you have a design for the next generation biped robot? Then this path is for you.
Electronics & Electrical: Is the idea for the next iPod floating in your head? Do you dream about circuits in your sleep? Follow your heart, follow your path!
Information Technology & Software: A path much treaded upon, but there is still a lot of scope for innovation in this field. Animation, business analytics, process automation, IT is just getting started.
Life Sciences & Biotechnology: Does your product promise a greener tomorrow? Do you have the solution for the ever increasing oil prices? Well what are you waiting for, start moving.
Miscellaneous: Select this path if you are in a quandary over which path to select.
(i)Any student or team of students currently studying at any level are eligible to participate.
(ii)Products copied from an existing patent will not be accepted and if found strict action will be taken against violators.
Though it is not mandatory for the teams to present a working model or assembly parts of their products during the final judging, a working model shall help convince the judges about the feasibility of the product. Participants are advised to inform us before hand the requirement of any external software or hardware required for their presentation. Candidates should refrain from submitting an overly abstract or bulky product. The judges decision would be final and binding.
All the winners will be awarded certificates of participation, in addition to the cash prizes on the basis of the judges final decisions. Successful teams would further get a chance to develop the innovation further and receive mentorship and incubation from organizations such as DST, DSIR, TIETS and Venture Capitalists.
The contestants have to submit an online technical summary of their design and describe briefly the technical underpinnings of their product. The initial round of judging will then commence and those who qualify in the screening may then proceed on to the next stage.
The first round entries can be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The finalists have to submit a hard bound copy during GES. This would include the following details in the given order:
(i)The first page should consist of the names of the team members, the relevant field to which the entry is related including the department specification to which product is related, names of mentors(if any) and any other references academic or otherwise A brief abstract describing the intent and the motivation behind their product
(ii)A summary of its working and technical aspects preferably illustrated with clear and precise diagrams
(iii)Comments on the innovations design aspects and technical, marketing and economic feasibility
(iv)Technical challenges confronted and how they were overcome
(v)A plan containing detailed and exhaustive information regarding the products construction must be submitted
(vi)Stand out features of the product in comparison to its rivals existing in the market
(vii)Relevant technical documentation (blueprints and specifications) MUST be submitted. In case of software innovations, full details of the program, such as the algorithms used, third party tools and source code must be submitted
(viii)These details will be kept confidential. A note on the product's Intellectual property value is optional.
2. Live Braille
3. Pressure Cure
Team Exyle : Koulick Ghosh , Sagnik Chakraborty, Arpit Dave.
Exyle Explosives is a research and development firm founded in the autumn of 2012, with a mission to apostrophize the never before addressed issue of blasting in Minerals and Metals mining Industry
Gesture User Interface : Harshit Shrivastava, Saurav Suman Agarwal, Ajay Kumar, Abhishek Kumar Singh, Mrinal Rai.
WaveMac sensor, this small device connects via USB to a laptop or a PC enables it to be gesture controlled by wearing a small ring cap at the end of the finger. The device allows upto 15 feet of distance for accurate gesture controls.
Envision 2011 Winners
Winning Team: Roof for Two (Maxime Pinto, Andrew Altman (MIT))
Roof for Two is a unique concept that can help solve the age-old problem of two-wheeler riders who ride daily through rain, sun and the cold. Roof for Two eliminates travel irritation with an affordable and stylish riding canopy. The product is a detachable, collapsible and lightweight motorcycle accessory compatible with most popular two-wheeler models now. With a growing two-wheeler market in India and an even faster growing middle class, the product promises to change the way India rides.
First Runners Up: Damascuz Fortune ( Nikhil PM, Deepak Krishna, Venkatesan K R, Vivek Sahadevan Nair (Sastra University))
Damascuz Fortune has developed the Cut-C technology -A technology for tracking climate change. The invention relates to a process for large scale commercial production of Carbon Nano Tubes (CNTs) from Industrial Exhaust. The present invention simultaneously reduces the flue-gas emission, reducing global warming and helping to reduce resultant climate catastrophe. The product would have industries and laboratories as immediate customers and many other wide application areas such as composites, textiles and photonics applications.
Second Runners Up: Energy Made Greener (EMG) ( Karthik G, Siddharth Sundararajan K, Prashanth Durairaj S, Pranesh B )
The proposed product is a one-of-its-kind High Altitude Vertical Axis Wind Turbine that uses consistent wind currents at high altitudes in the atmosphere to produce electricity. The target market for this pathbreaking product is a $ 15 billion market in remote, military and offshore power applications by lowering the cost of energy 65% compared to leading wind turbines or diesel generators of today. The "Hygen" generator proposed by the team can be a formidable alternative to current fossil fuel-based energy generators.
Envision 2009 Winners
Winning Team: Urjagrit (Sumeet Gattewar, Anirudh Choudhary, Kaushal Kumar Jha, Ramanuj Lal, Kanav Hasija)
First Runners Up: Portable Urinal (Tinton Abraham)
Second Runners Up: Automatic Power Saving Device (Nitin G, Ruben Paul)
When inventors come up with a new device, the first thing they want to do is patent it. Patents are enforceable rights in a particular jurisdiction given to an inventor to exclude others from using, making or selling their invention. For a certain period of time, patent-holders are allowed to control how their inventions are used, allowing them to reap the financial rewards of their work. Patents are a palpable, legally-binding manifestation of a person's genius and innovation; they allow a person to actually own an INVENTION.
Though, not all inventions can attain exclusive legal right. Three basic criteria in the international community approved by TRIPS agreement governing patents are: novelty, usefulness, inventive step (non-obviousness). This means invention has to be novel or in other terms, never published or used before. It has to have a usefulness which generally many inventions have. The third one is tricky as it has to have an inventive step or in other words not obvious to a person skilled in the art. For example, you can't patent the concept of making a toaster that can handle more pieces of bread at once, because that is only taking an existing invention and making it bigger. For an invention to be patented, it must be innovative to the point that it wouldn't be obvious to others.
In patent law, the term "invention" is defined loosely so that it can encompass a wide variety of objects. Obviously, if patents have to apply to things that don't exist yet, then the legal language must be fairly vague. In addition to standard technological machines and machine advancements, you can also patent certain computer programs, industrial processes and unique designs (such as tire or shoe-tread patterns). While none of the elements in these creations are new, the inventor may have combined them in a unique and innovative way. In the language of patent law, this constitutes an invention.
One can obtain a patent by filing a patent application in a prescribed format in any one of the four patent offices in India. Patent application will result in defining your rights over the invention and how broadly you have protected your invention. Even simple words in patent application can change your right over the scope of invention drastically. Patent attorneys or patent agents are the best people to write and draft your application. Filing an invention in India will give you a right only in India as patent right is jurisdictional in nature. One has to file patent applications in other countries wherever he/she feels the invention needs to be protected.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Q.1. Who can participate?
Ans. This competition is open for all students and professionals around the world. The participation can be done individually or teams (at most 4 members).
Q.2. How to participate?
Ans. In the first round candidates have to submit an online technical summary of their design describing briefly the technical undertakings of the product. The initial round will then commence and those who qualify may then proceed to the next round.
Q.3. What kind of product should be made?
Ans. For the entries to be considered eligible for evaluation they must satisfy the following conditions:
The product must be innovative
The product must be marketable
The product must be the teams’ original effort. Plagiarism shall not be tolerated. Any contestant suspected of plagiarism will be debarred from future events
The product must demonstrate a positive impact on the society and environment
Q.4. What are the fields that the product can be related to?
Ans. Mechanical Electronics & Electrical Information Technology & Software Life Sciences & Biotechnology Miscellaneous
Q.5. What are the requirements that the product should be able to fulfil?
Ans. A brief abstract describing the intent and the motivation behind their product
A summary of its working and technical aspects preferably illustrated with clear and precise diagrams
Comments on the innovations design aspects and technical, marketing and economic feasibility
Technical challenges confronted and how they were overcome
A plan containing detailed and exhaustive information regarding the products construction must be submitted
Stand out features of the product in comparison to its rivals existing in the market
Relevant technical documentation (blueprints and specifications) MUST be submitted. In case of software innovations, full details of the program, such as the algorithms used, third party tools and source code must be submitted.
Q.6. Is the actual product required to be shown?
Ans. Though it is not mandatory for the teams to present a working model or assembly parts of their products during the final judging, a working model shall help convince the judges about the feasibility of the product. Participants are advised to inform us before hand the requirement of any external software or hardware required for their presentation. Candidates should refrain from submitting an overly abstract or bulky product.
Q.7. What would we gain out of participating in this competition?
Ans. All the winners will be awarded certificates of participation, in addition to the cash prizes on the basis of the judges’ final decisions. Successful teams would further get a chance to develop the innovation further and receive mentorship and incubation from organizations such as DST, DSIR, TIETS and Venture Capitalists
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