e-Yantra Innovation Challenge (eYIC 2022-23) Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has been launched to seek inclusive urban infrastructure solutions. e-Yantra is a robotics outreach program that helps young engineers solve problems using technology. The last date to register for this innovation challenge is September 25.
The winning teams that successfully pitch will receive seed funding from a prize pool of Rs 1 crore. 25 lakh prizes are also to be won. Interested teams can apply on eyic.e-yantra.org.
The e-Yantra Innovation Challenge (eYIC) is an annual competition that trains student teams in solving real-world problems and building startups through MOOCs in critical skills. It was started in 2014 and for the last few years averages of 2000 students have participated in the e-Yantra Innovation Challenge.
Innovation challenge is divided into four stages. Stage 1 is a training sprint that familiarises participants with the theme, trains them in technologies, and helps them articulate problems with training through MOOCs and live sessions by experts. Stage 2 is a prototyping sprint where teams work under e-Yantra mentorship to build a prototype of their proposed solution. Stage 3 is an innovation sprint where e-Yantra helps develop a pitch to an Incubator here, the IIT Bombay Incubator SINE.
The last stage is an implementation sprint, where teams refine their Proof-of-concept (PoC) under the guidance of e-Yantra mentors. e-Yantra provides the resources, training and guidance, and even a travel allowance and boarding/lodging at IIT Bombay for the Finals at IIT Bombay.
The e-Yantra project is funded by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, and hosted at the CSE department of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay . This year’s themes are Sustainable and Advanced Technologies for Helping Urban Inclusivity and Agriculture. Inclusivity here caters to Persons with Disabilities (PWD), who constitute almost 2.2 per cent of our population (30M people), but have to lag behind due to less inclusive urban spaces.