Ericsson Celebrates Innovation with ‘Ericsson Innovation Awards India’

Ericsson in association with the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) has announced the winners for the 2nd edition of ‘Ericsson Innovation Awards India’ at the IIT Delhi.

The awards were presented to the winning teams by Paolo Colella, Head of Region India, Ericsson. The three winning teams will be supported by Ericsson India financially to the extent of INR 13 lacs each towards incubating the winning projects at any IIT approved technology business incubators.

Paolo Colella, Head of Region India, Ericsson said “Ericsson has at the forefront of innovation in its history of 140 years and by encouraging & inculcating the spirit of innovation amongst the student community of India , we wish to identify innovators of tomorrow and help them shape the solutions that will further define the networked society.”

Ericsson Innovation Awards India were initiated in 2014 to promote the spirit of innovation within engineering students at select IITs. In its second year, the Awards have been rolled out to IITs across Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Mumbai, Roorkee, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Mandi, Hyderabad as well as IISc Bangalore, BITS Pilani, IIIT Gwalior, IIIT Delhi, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi.

The projects were submitted by students in areas such as web design, cloud computing, storage and networking, human-machine interface, embedded and hardware system design, MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output), machine-to-machine/Internet of Things, software-defined networking, open source, signal processing, graphics and visualization, as well as research.

From the proposals received, seven were shortlisted in the month of February 2016 on criteria such as degree of innovation, feasibility, scalability and the overall impact on masses. Each shortlisted proposal was given an incentive by Ericsson to complete the initial prototype within two months. The winning projects were selected by the Jury in front of an audience comprising of students, Faculty, Innovators and industry leaders.