NASSCOM Foundation Announces 6th thingQbator Innovation Space at MNNIT- Allahabad

  • Cisco thingQbator programme helps students get first-hand experience into Industry 4.0 technologies and create innovative technology solutions for social good
  • Students get access to ‘Cisco thingQbator’ labs, world-class mentorship and industry connects through NASSCOM.
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Following the successful one-year completion of thinkQbator initiative – an entrepreneurial mentorship programme for students – Cisco and NASSCOM Foundation have decided to set up a sixth thingQbator at Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT), Allahabad.

Cisco and NASSCOM Foundation will also support the earlier thingQbators for another year.

In the last 12 months, under the thingQbator programme, over 600 students from across the five technical institutions were provided access to ‘Cisco thingQbator’ labs, world-class mentorship and industry connects through NASSCOM.

They got a first-hand experience on working with high-end tools like 3D printers, LoRa gateways, cloud infrastructure, AI optimized development kits like Jetson Nano to enable technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The Cisco thingQbator innovation spaces were set up at Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala (IIITMK) – Trivandrum, IIT-BHU-Varanasi, Amrita University-Coimbatore, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women- Delhi and Trident Academy of Technology-Bhubaneswar.

Felicitation ceremony held 

Students with the best solutions from each institute were felicitated in a ceremony held in Bengaluru on Tuesday.  Some of the innovations include –

  • TrashCash, a waste management solution that incentivizes usage of bins
  • DOST, an app for students dealing with the stresses of competitive exams
  • Bend, a VR platform to gamify physiotherapy exercises

Speaking at the ceremony, V C Gopalratnam, Senior Vice President, IT, Cisco, said, “The thinkQbator initiative was launched on the premise that we are smarter when we work together. We created this programme to curate a community of technology enthusiasts, who will build digital solutions and solve some of the societal and business challenges we face.  We are proud to partner with the NASSCOM Foundation to provide digital and entrepreneurial mentorship and bring the students’ ideas to fruition.”

Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, commented, “The Cisco thingQbator programme is a true embodiment of fostering change through technology innovation. The programme works towards the increase of innovation quotient at college level while injecting entrepreneurial thinking and creating a social mindset.”

The programme was implemented by Project Defy and Li2 Technologies. As implementation partners, Project Defy and Li2 managed the thingQbators’ on-ground engagement through regular events and workshops. Li2 also created a portal for self-paced learning.