India Innovation Challenge Design Contest Gets Stronger with More Stakeholders

  • Till date, IICDC has incubated 20 startups and helped engineering students file over 150 patents
  • SRM Institute of Science and Technology from Tamil Nadu won this year’s Chairman Award for Technical Innovation.
  • Registration for IICDC 2019 will be opened from July 23, 2019 to August 30, 2019.
Team from S R M Institute of Science & Technology, Tamil Nadu receiving the Chairman’s Award for TI’s IICDC 2018 Finals

Texas Instruments India (TI India), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) have joined hands to help engineering students become innovators and entrepreneurs.

Through India Innovation Challenge Design Contest (IICDC), they aim to strengthen the innovation ecosystem, enhance skills and drive a startup culture amongst engineering students across the country.

The national design contest gives an opportunity to students to transform their ideas into innovation through seed funding, technical mentorship and by providing them with TI tools and technology.

Till date, IICDC has incubated 20 startups. The last three editions of IICDC saw students file over 150 patents, and the numbers are increasing every year.

IICDC 2018 Winners

TI India announced the partnership at the finals of IICDC 2018, coinciding with the announcement of this year’s top 10 winning teams.

  1. SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Tamil Nadu won the Chairman Award for their innovation on ‘Inkless Printing Technology Using Plasma Arc Paper Carburisation.’
  2. A. P. Shah Institute of Technology, Thane, Maharashtra was declared first runner-up for their innovation ‘Solar Energy Harvesting for Wireless Sensor Node.’
  3. Sri Manakula Vinayagar Engineering College from Puducherry was adjudged second runner-up award for their innovation ‘Mustard Seed Processor Machine’.

The winning teams will get an opportunity to take their startup idea from the lab to the market, supported by a fund from DST of INR 4.94 Crore, incubation at NSRCEL, the innovation and entrepreneurship hub at IIM Bangalore, and technical mentorship from TI engineers along with access to TI tools and technology.

“IICDC’s vision is to give students an opportunity to be innovators and entrepreneurs, launching path-breaking technology products and solving tough, real-world challenges,” said Sanjay Srivastava, Director, TI India University Program.

“In 2018, IICDC reached more than 26,000 students from 1760 colleges and we received over 10,000 ideas! The diversity of students fuelled the diversity of ideas. For instance, several ideas focus on agriculture – a segment widely deprived of technology advances. Interestingly, more than 90 percent of participation comes from Tier II and Tier III towns. That’s the kind of grassroots innovation we want to drive through IICDC,” he pointed out.

IICDC 2019 launch officially announced

TI India also announced the upcoming edition of TI India Innovation Challenge Design Contest (IICDC) 2019 which opens for registration from July 23, 2019 to August 30, 2019.

Students can register their innovative ideas and participate in the contest through this link: