Pune, February 20, 2018
MIT- COE, Pune 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 is 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 – Schaeffler. Schaeffler India will provide mentorship, guidance and support to the four winning teams.
Schaeffler India 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-Schaeffler Group; Michael Schlotter, Innovation Head-Schaeffler Group; Biswa Mandal – Head of Technology, Schaeffler India; Devkumar Davesar – VP, Industrial OEM; Professor 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 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 showcased sustainable and 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 urbanisation, digitalisation, globalisation, 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 two-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.