IIT Delhi announces competition to suggest technical interventions to solve rural problems

The Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG) at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi has announced the first design competition “Rural Innovative Technohunt – A technical challenge to identify rural problems and suggest solutions”.

The goal of this competition is to identify rural problems and suggest technical interventions to solve them.

Problems can be from various themes such as agriculture and animal husbandry, village industries, education, health, energy resources, water & sanitation and other relevant areas.

Prof. S. K. Saha, Coordinator and Principal Investigator (PI) of RuTAG at IIT Delhi, said: “The concept of RuTAG club was introduced few years ago at IIT Delhi in order to expose the students to the technical problems/challenges at the grass-root level. In a way, it was a movement for “Connecting Engineering Minds with the Society.” The competition this year was conceived by one of the Co-PIs of RuTAG-IIT Delhi, Prof. Sangeeta Kohli. She and Prof. Kavya Dashora, along with a group of energetic students of RuTAG club have framed the rules to boost the original objective of the RuTAG club while possibly finding a real solution which may be ready to implement.”

The competition is open to all the students, staff, and faculty of IIT Delhi.

The competition will be held in three stages: 1) Concept submission, 2) Detailed design, and 3) Prototype development.

The teams selected for stage 3 will be provided funding of up to Rs 50,000 for prototype development in case the product is hardware.

After developing a working prototype, the teams will be required to test it and submit a report.

If the product is software, the teams will be required to submit a functional software with required GUIs, test the software for realistic situations and submit a report.

The teams in Stage 3 need to give a demo of their prototypes on April 20, 2019 during the Open House of IIT Delhi.

Winners of Stage 3 will be awarded a certificate of appreciation along with a plaque. They may also seek a seed grant up to Rs. 2.0 lakhs per project from the Design Innovation Centre of IIT Delhi to carry their idea forward.

The RuTAG will also facilitate rural/social internship to the winners of Stage 3 in reputed organisations/Institutions/Universities/Companies in India and abroad.

The registration for the design competition has started and the last date of submission of concept note is Dec 31, 2018.

The Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG) at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) was established in January 2009.

For more information regarding the competition, please visit: http://rutag.iitd.ac.in/rutag/?q=rural-innovative-technohunt

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