TECHgium 2019: Industry and Academia Collaborate to Innovate

Author photo: Sharada Prahladrao
BySharada Prahladrao
Industry Trends

TECHgium is an open-innovation initiative by L&T Technology Services. Through this endeavor the company aims to provide a platform for the nation’s most talented engineering graduates to solve real-world engineering problems and get due recognition for it.  This also helps create an ecosystem that bridges the industry-academia schism by facilitating the participants with an opportunity to work on technologies of tomorrow and enhance their career prospects and simultaneously augment the solution development team of LTTS.  This year, the company received a record-breaking response for the third season of TECHgium. Students from over 270 colleges and universities across India submitted 19,000 applications for the current season, which represents close to a 200 percent jump from the 7,000 that registered in 2017, the inception year of TECHgium.

On this special occasion, the Postmaster General of Bengaluru HQ Region, Col. Arvind Varma, launched the TECHgium stamp to mark the successful conclusion of the third season of TECHgium. The one-of-its-kind stamp bears the hallmark of LTTS’s culture of engineering excellence and innovation. The artwork of the stamp is an ode to the potential that engineering students in India hold and how industry-academia collaborations such as TECHgium can propel this talent to greater heights.

TECHgium 2019 

The competition was held in phases across Mumbai, Baroda, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai from January 28th to 31st.  A total of 156 shortlisted teams pitched their solutions to the challenges assigned to them, to a panel comprising of industry experts. The finalists of the presentation round were mentored by LTTS’s subject matter experts to implement and develop Proof of Concepts (PoC). The winning teams were given awards worth over Rs. 10 lakhs with additional benefits such as continuation of work on the PoCs of interest as a paid project, pre-placement offer, and recognition by reputed industry professionals. TECHgium’s third season saw 68 innovative PoCs on real life technical challenges pertaining to emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning & deep learning, 5G, wearable devices, solar technology, video analytics, blockchain, and face detection among others.

The winners were selected by a distinguished jury of industry experts that included G. Ganapathiraman, Country Manager India, ARC Advisory Group; Dr. Ranganath Navalgund, Distinguished Professor at ISRO; Vikas Bhalla, Director (Ultrasound) Philips India; Rakesh S, Director at Antrix; and Pareekh Jain, Founder of Pareekh Consulting.

The Winners

  • The team from Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore, is the Winner of TECHgium 2019 for their PoC on Worker Activity Assessment Wearable
  • Students from Veer Surendra Sai University, Sambhalpur, are the First Runner-up for work done on Bot-based Corrosion Detection System
  • The team from VIT University, Vellore is the Second Runner-up for their work on Modular Wind Turbine Blade Design

Keywords:  TECHgium 2019, Proof of Concepts (PoC), Winners, Industry-academia Initiative, ARC Advisory Group

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