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Students from IIT Guwahati win 'GE Edison Challenge 2012'

Posted on Dec 08, 07:50PM | UNI

Team Aarogya from IIT Guwahati emerged the winners in the fifth edition of 'GE Edison Challenge' held at the GE India Technology Center, here walking away with a incubation prize of Rs.10 lakh.

The winning team's entry was lauded by a panel of judges comprising senior technologists and members of the Edison Engineering Development Programme at GE India Technology Centre, here. As a part of the challenge, students were required to create An idea for India in the field of healthcare, energy or transportation.

The winning team's project proposes wireless EEG for monitoring of autistic patients. The EEG signals will be transferred through wireless means while the patient is at home.

Team BioMedical Blazers from Vellore Institute of Technology was chosen as the runner-up who won an incubation prize of Rs.5 lakh where the team proposed the solution 'Veinloc' that helps in low-cost and sure shot way for vein detection. "This year's GE Edison Challenge was based on 'An Idea for India' where the students had to develop an innovation in the field of healthcare, energy or transportation. The ideas proposed by each of the teams were novel and out-of-the-box. I was glad to see that each one of them took into consideration the environment and cost parameters while working on their solutions," said Dr. Mano Manoharan, General Manager, GE Global Research Centre, Bangalore.

Last year's Edison Challenge saw students from reputed engineering institutions pulling their thoughts together to create a design of a new building complex that is commercially feasible in an Indian city or rural area and that incorporates the state-of-the-art water technologies needed to meet the future water crisis.

The evaluation was on the basis of innovation and novelty, feasibility and potential impact of idea, customer value commercialisation and quality of compilation. Their presentation abilities were also tested to see if they could deliver their message clearly, bring clarity of data and solutions presented and showcase creativity and imagination in the tools used for presentation.