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2018-02-19 | Pune
- 1st Runners’ up team from Army Institute of Technology – Pune
- 2nd Runners’ up jointly awarded to PVPIT & MIT (team) –Pune and BITS Pilani
Pune, February 16, 2018 – MIT- COE, Pune has won the maiden edition of Schaeffler India ‘Open Inspiration’ Platform finals held in Pune for showcasing its idea on a model Hybrid Bike. Open Inspiration, a platform for design thinkers, inventors and researchers to showcase their innovative ideas and products focused on developing sustainable solutions for a better tomorrow. In a closely held competition, team MIT's project Hybrid Bike, edged out runners up team of AIT Pune and third position was jointly shared by team from PVPIT – MIT (team) Pune and BITS Pilani.
The award was presented by Dr Alfred Rivinius, CTO Europe Region – Schaeffler. Schaeffler India will provide mentorship and guidance and support to the four winning teams.
Schaeffler India a leading industrial and automotive supplier, announced the ‘Open Inspiration India’ program last year, visiting 26 colleges across India over the past few months, involving 300 students and gathering a total of 114 entries for the event. 15 finalists were shortlisted from multiple colleges across India who were judged by an eminent jury consisting of Dr Alfred Rivinius, CTO Europe Region -Schaeffler Group, Mr Michael Schlotter, Innovation Head-Schaeffler Group, Biswa Mandal – CTO, Schaeffler India, Devkumar Davesar – VP, Industrial OEM, Prof. Prakash Ramchandra Apte of IIT Mumbai, Dr Jayant Khandare, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Actorius Innovations and Research and Dr Amit Dixit, CTO, Sedemac Mechatronics.
Announcing the winning teams, Dr Alfred Rivinius, CTO Europe - Schaeffler, said, “We are delighted with the overwhelming participation we have received for Open Inspiration’s first edition in India. Each and every entry we received was unique but as we progressed, the winning projects showcase sustainable & innovative ideas that can help to make tomorrow’s world safer, smarter and efficient. Our aim is to support and inspire the next generation of innovators around clean technology with focus on megatrends such as urbanization, digitalization, globalization, and climate change. By partnering with scientists and industry experts, the Schaeffler India Open Inspiration Program will bring innovative ideas and we will mentor and support the project for a certain period.”
Students from leading institutes like BITS Pilani, Maharashtra Institute of Technology Pune, SRM Institute of Science & Tech Chennai, Army Institute of Technology Pune, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology Delhi, Birla Institute of Technology Patna, PVPIT Pune, MITCOE Pune, VIT Pune, Vellore Institute of Technology were shortlisted to showcase their ideas at this platform. With focus on ‘Inter-Urban mobility', 'Eco-friendly drives', 'Energy Chain', ' Production Technologies', 'Digitalisation and IoT', the projects submitted included an automated 2-wheeler, a Vertical Axis Water Turbine, a modified wheel hub for tractor and off-road vehicles, a simple-to-manufacture Hot Air Engine amongst others.