KPIT Sparkle is an annual national design and development innovation contest for engineering, science, and design students.
KPIT has announced the winners of KPIT Sparkle 2022, an annual national design and development innovation contest for engineering, science, and design students. The competition is among India’s most sought-after innovation platforms that support budding young innovators to develop indigenous solutions to real-world challenges in the energy and mobility sector. The platform nurtures, mentors and supports aspiring entrepreneurs and connects them with incubators in the ecosystem to transform their inventive ideas into viable products. It also encourages and facilitates students to secure intellectual property rights for their solutions.
KPIT Sparkle 2022 received more than 1,300 ideas from over 15,000 students across more than 800 colleges in India. The top 24 teams presented working prototypes of their solutions at the grand finale held on 26 March 2022 at the Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering (PCCOE), Pune. Over the last eight years, KPIT Sparkle has received nearly 16,000 ideas from more than one lakh students nationally.
Dr. Abhay Jere, Chief Innovation Officer at the Ministry of Education (Govt. of India), and Lila Poonawalla, Chairperson of Lila Poonawalla Foundation (LPF), were the guest of honor and chief guest, respectively, at the grand finale event.
Team Elespa, which was a joint project of Dr. D.Y. Patil Institute of Technology, Pune; Sandip University, Nasik; College of Engineering, Pune; and Jayawantrao Sawant College of Engineering, Pune, won the Platinum award of INR10,00,000 for designing an advanced automated hybrid electric vehicle with a performance monitoring system which solves the problem of long battery charging times, range concerns, lack of charging stations and high initial cost.
KPIT Sparkle 2022 Platinum Winner – Team Elespa
Team Kissan Connect from G. Balekundri Institute of Technology, Belgaum, won the Gold award of INR5,00,000 for designing a multifunctional retrofit for EV tractors, which can integrate all the various attachments.
Team Electrophene from Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, won the silver award of INR2,50,000 for designing hydrogen-, fossil fuel- and electric-based three fuel systems for two wheelers.
To empower women entrepreneurship, Dana India collaborated with KPIT Sparkle as a CSR Partner to recognize the Women Entrepreneur – Abhinavi Award. The two teams that won the Abhinavi Award for their ideas are as follows:
Team Unanimous4 from Jayawantrao Sawant College of Engineering, Pune, won the Abhinavi1 award and a cash prize of INR2,00,000 for designing a multipurpose agricultural electric vehicle (EV) that can perform agricultural tasks using AR/VR, ML/AI, IoT technologies.
KPIT Sparkle 2022 Abhinavi1 Award Winner – Team Unanimous4
Team Dravya from Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, Pune won the Abhinavi2 award and a cash prize of INR1,00,000 for designing a battery cooling system that uses dielectric fluid to reduce battery temperature instead of forced air cooling and indirect liquid cooling.
KPIT Sparkle 2022 Abhinavi2 Award Winner – Team Dravya
“KPIT Sparkle is an expression of our efforts to achieve sustainability. Over the past eight years, KPIT Sparkle has emerged as India’s foremost innovation platform to encourage budding young innovators in the country to develop indigenous solutions to real-world challenges in the energy and mobility sector. It will be instrumental in contributing to our new vision of re-imagining mobility with an ecosystem to build a clean, smart, and secure world,” said Ravi Pandit, Chairman, KPIT Technologies.
KPIT has transformed from a competition to a platform in association with Sparkle Incubation Centre. This year, KPIT partnered with the AIC-Pinnacle Entrepreneurship Forum; International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad – Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE); Marathwada Accelerator for Growth and Incubation Council (MAGIC); Symbiosis Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (SCEI); TBI@KEC; Bhau Institute of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership; iCreate to provide incubation opportunities to deserving ideas.
KPIT Sparkle is in its eighth year of success and collaborated with Dana India as a CSR partner for the first time. Dana India, a leading tier 1 supplier for axles, driveshafts, motors, inverters, sealing, and thermal technologies for the automotive, commercial, and off-highway vehicle markets share the same vision of promoting student entrepreneurship through experiential learning. The aim of this partnership is to find student innovators across India and educate them on the aspects of technology entrepreneurship in mobility and energy.
KPIT Sparkle 2022 was privileged to be associated with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; All India Council for Technical Education; Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI); National Institute of Design, Triz Association of Asia, MathWorks; and Anna University as its knowledge partners.
The finalists were evaluated by a jury comprising national and international experts from the academic, business, automotive and technology fields, including A.S. Ravikumar, General Manager, Product Engineering at Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd.; Dr. Milind Rane, Chair Professor at IIT (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay); Dr. D. Mohanlal, Professor at Anna University; Balkrishna Mahajan, CEO at Ticket Design; Dr. Siddharth Mukhopadhyay, Professor and H.O.D. Electrical Engineering Dept at IIT Kharagpur; Dr. Sanjeev Katti, Ex-Director General at ONGC Energy Centre; Dr. Somnath Sengupta, Professor at IIT Kharagpur; Anupam Jalote, CEO at iCreate; P.S. Kanan, Manager, at TBI Kongu Engineering College; Paul Sanjay, Technical Centre, Head of Engineering, Off-Highway Business Unit at DANA India Technical Centre; Poyni Bhat, CEO at SINE; Sunil Motwani, Country Head at MathWorks; Salim Huzefa, Director at Dassault Systems; Anurag Pandey, Professor at Anna University; Deepesh Gujrathi, Senior System Architect at KPIT; and Dr. Padmakar Deshmukh, Head, Dept of Mechanical Engineering at PCCOE.
Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, Pune, hosted the KPIT Sparkle Grand Finale for the fourth time at its premises.