Amazing innovations from young Indians…………..
The National Innovation Foundation India (NIF), Ahmedabad shared the ideas that shined at the IGNITE 2015.
Every year, the National Innovation Foundation India (NIF), Ahmedabad invites students from across schools in the country to share their innovative ideas on how to build a better world.
The competition is organized by NIF in association with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Society for Research and Initiatives in Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), various State Education Boards and other partners.
Students in (up to class 12) or out of the school (up to the age of 17 years) can participate in the IGNITE competition by sending their original technological ideas to solve any problem in day to day life or real life technological innovations demonstrating innovative ways of solving problems/ reducing drudgery/generating efficiency/ conserving resources etc. More than 28,000 entries were received this year of which 31 best ideas made the cut.
This year the ‘Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2015’ were given by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in the presence of state chief minister Anandiben Patel.
President Pranab Mukherjee interacts with a young innovator at Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2015
Among the other dignitaries who graced the occasion include governor of Gujarat, Shri OP Kohli, Prof Ashutosh Sharma, secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, Prof Ashish Nanda, director, IIM-A, Dr R.A. Mashelkar, chairperson, NIF and Prof Anil Gupta, executive vice chairperson, NIF.
Winners of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2015
- Innovation: Water filter/purifier at source
Names: Soring Lepcha, Class 4, and Subash Prodhan, Class 5, Lingzya Junior High School
Place: North Sikkim, Sikkim
Inspiration behind the idea: Most people today prefer to use a water filter/purifier at their home.
Both the children have given idea to have filter/purifier at the source of water so that everyone has access to clean water without having to make an investment in purchasing a filter/purifier.
Soaring’s idea is to have a centralized purification system at the point of distribution like water tank while Subash’s idea is to have such purifiers attached to public taps.
- Hand rest for fractured hand
Name: Adi Kumar, Class 5, Deens Academy
Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka
Inspiration behind the idea: Generally shoulder arm slings are used to provide support to a fractured hand.
Using this for a long time sometimes give discomfort to the neck/ shoulder region.
Adi’s idea is to have a waist worn appendage, which can provide support to a fractured hand instead of the sling. The fractured arm would be rested comfortably on the appendage and kept in position by straps.
- Alerting system for bus drivers
Names: Pradyumna Kumar Pal, class 7, Saraswati Sishu Vidya Mandir, Unit-3, Khordha, Orissa; and Rahul Kumar, class 9, Rajkiya Balak Uchh Vidyalaya, Patna, Bihar
Sometimes accidents occur when a passenger puts his body part outside the bus window. Pradyumna and Rahul have independently conceived an idea of an alerting system for the bus driver, which enables them to know which passenger has put his hand or head outside the bus window.
- Solar seeder
Name: Subash Chandra Bose, Class 8, St Sebasthiyar Matriculation School
Location: Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu
Subash has developed a solar powered seed drill, which can undertake plantation for different size of seeds at variable depth and space between two seeds.
- Pebble indicating system for cooking vessel
Name: Mohd. Tawseef Thoker, Class 9, Government Higher Secondary School, Nihama
Location: Kulgam, Jammu and Kashmir
It happens many a times that while cleaning food grains for cooking, some impurities remain, which get cooked with the food. Tawseef suggests having a vessel with sensors, which can indicate the presence of pebbles or other similar impurities in rice or other food grains being cooked.
- Gas lighter with gas leak alarm
Name: Nilesh Ras, Class 9, DAV Inter High School
Location: Patna, Bihar
A lot of mishaps occur when cooking gas regulator has been left on accidentally or due to a gas leak. Nilesh’s idea is to have a gas lighter, which can sense and indicate gas leakage before it is lighted thereby preventing accidents.
- Innovative dustbin
Name: Prem Ranjan Singh, Shivani Singh, Ankush Pal, Class 9, Divya Jyoti English High School
Location: Daman, Daman & Diu
Concerned with the sight of overflowing garbage bins, the three friends have come with an idea of a dustbin with separate slots for bio-degradable and non bio-degradable waste with a message sending facility to the municipality once dustbin is filled up to a preset level.
- Lac extraction machine
Name: Saurabh Dey, Class 10, Govt. High School, Barajamda
Location: West Singhbhum, Jharkhand
For lac extraction generally the lac coated branches of host trees are cut, crushed and sieved to remove impurities.
Saurabh has made a machine, which can remove lac from the branches without breaking them. As a result, the amount of impurities is lesser in lac and it takes lesser effort to clean it.
- Passcode based locking system in gas stove
Name: Nim Lepcha, Class 10, Gor Secondary School
Location: North Sikkim, Sikkim
An idea to have a manual or digital pass code system for gas stoves to avoid accidents involving children.
- Colour coded thermometer
Names: Jaspreet Kaur, Class 10, Police DAV Public School, Jalandhar, Punjab; and Janmejay Rathore, Class 12, CMR PU College, Bangalore, Karnataka
An idea to have a colour coding scheme in thermometers to indicate fever level.
It shows red for emergency, orange for intermediate temperature and green for normal.
It also gives out precautionary measures and even dials an ambulance in case of an emergency!
- Printed paper reclaiming machine
Name: Arvind Gopalkrishnan, Class 11, Smt. Narbada Devi J. Agarwal Vivekananda Vidyalaya Jr College
Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
An idea of printer like device, which can erase all data on a printed page fed to it making it plain and hence reusable.
- Smart Walking Stick
Name: Siddhant Khanna, Class 11, Sanskriti School
Location: New Delhi
A walking stick for the elderly and the visually challenged with many features like counting of steps, medicine reminder, locator, emergency alarm, fall detector and automatic torch, etc.
- Solar pulse thresher
Name: Dipankar Das, Class 12, Govt. Senior Secondary School, Diglipur
Location: North Andaman, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
A device for efficient threshing of matured pulses (grains, green gram, black gram, arhar, horse gram) without using electricity or fossil fuels, thereby reducing the harvesting cost.
- Stress monitoring mechanism in animals
Name: Diva Sharma, Class 12, GD Goenka Public School
Location: New Delhi
An app, which records the respiratory rate, temperature, pulse rate, heart beat rate of animals, through sensors attached to their bodies.
The program also performs an analysis of the co-dependency of these parameters to each other and prompts for a stressful condition, if parameters vary beyond a range.
- Soundproof hammer
Name: Prithwish Dutta, Class 12, Don Bosco High & Technical School
Location: Howrah, West Bengal
An idea of a soundproof hammer, which would not make any sound when struck against any object. The impact energy would be absorbed in the hammer itself, which will be covered with a foam like substance.
By: Priyanka Dwivedi (Associate Editor of Technical Today & Assistant Professor in BJMC Deptt., Mewar University, Raj.)