In its luminous journey that winds through one start-up, two patents, a summer internship programme and several workshops and lectures, a prominent milestone for CIE is most definitely its flagship event- “Innovate for a Cause”.
Held in February – March 2015, the competition received an overwhelming response with more than 20 entries from across the university. The contestant pool was diverse with representation from engineering, architecture, management studies, social studies, economics and other departments.
The Participating teams had to submit a unique idea to solve a social problem. These ideas could pertain to education, poverty, healthcare, excessive urbanisation, digitalisation of villages or any other issue plaguing society.
The competition comprised of 2 rounds where in the final round, 8 shortlisted teams presented their ideas to a panel of judges followed by a question-answer session.
The panel of consisted of Mr. Sumit Dagar (Ted Fellow and founder of Kriyate, a mobile app for the blind), Mr. Upendra Giri, (founder of ACOE Global) and Mr. Sherfur Rahman (Co-Founder of the e-commerce company Shopatplaces.com.)
The esteemed judges evaluated the ideas for their social value, the expected results, their feasibility and originality and finally presentation skills of the teams. The competition brought to the fore some very innovative ideas that could contribute immensely to address social issues. The ideas ranged from improved cycle rickshaws, social reality shows, improvement in sanitation to education tools.
The first prize was awarded to the team ‘Eat-Creative’ who proposed a new cooking pot (Handi), with composite material to improve the efficiency, enhance the strength and promote healthier cooking.
The second prize was given to ‘Sani-Tech’ a new and innovative toilet design using material suited for a geographical region with an improved sewage disposal system, reducing water pollution.
The multi-purpose rickshaw, ‘Innomech - with better ergonomics’ won the third prize.
Commenting on the event, Mr. Giri said “CIE is a great initiative for enabling education that is more applied and aligned to solve the common problems of the people of India . It can become an impetus to contribute to the Make In India Initiative by the Indian Government. Being an alumni of Jamia and a part of the jury, I feel proud to be associated with this initiative. We saw some great ideas and presentation from the students today at the competition.”
Apart from the prize money worth Rs.40000 for the winners, the ideas generated from the competition will be patented, prototyped and tested by CIE, for commercial viability.