Maker Village will incubate 10 winners of the Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge
Maker Village, the country’s largest electronics design and manufacturing factory, has decided to offer incubation support to 10 winners and 20 other finalists of the Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge held in New Delhi this week. last. Maker Village under Digital University Kerala (DUK), formerly known as IIITMK, was the operational partner of the national event which asked applicants to find innovative solutions using two locally developed Swadeshi microprocessors – the ‘VEGA processor’ developed by C-DAC and ‘SHAKTI processor’ developed by IIT Madras. The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) launched the Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge as part of the government’s vision of Atma Nirbhar Bharat and “Azadi Ka Digital Mahotsav” celebrations.
Interestingly, two teams from Kerala – AI Drone based in Konni and Maker Village incubated HW Design Labs won first and second positions in the Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge, Maker Village said in a statement. A multirole drone developed using a VEGA processor won the AI Drone the first prize with a cash prize of Rs 35 lakh, which was awarded by Shri Ajay Sawhney, secretary of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, he said. HW Design Labs’ unique FM Radio Data System Utilities solution won them a second prize of Rs 30 lakh. Cytox, in third place, won Rs 25 Lakh for its “cell counting” project. The rest of the top 10 teams jointly shared the fourth position and received a check of Rs 20 Lakh each. Financial support to the tune of Rs. 4.40 crore was provided at different stages of the challenge to develop the hardware prototype and incubate the participating teams.
The 30 finalist teams emerged from 6,170 teams, comprising a total of 10,000 participants. A jury of eminent academics, technologists and professionals, including Professor Alex James, Associate Dean of DUK, assessed the teams on their product innovation and commercial viability.
Nizam Mohammed, CEO of Maker Village, said he is extremely honored to support this national level challenge hosted by MeitY and will continue to promote electronic innovation and commercialization by providing incubation support to finalists. of the challenge. “The 30 finalists will benefit from incubation facilities, which include workspace, laboratory and testing facilities, mentoring, networking, investor connections and product manufacturing support. The finalists will also benefit from academic links and support from Digital University Kerala, ”said Mohammed.
Maker Village, funded by MeitY and the Government of Kerala, has Digital University Kerala as an implementing agency and Kerala Startup Mission as a supporting partner. Located in the Kerala Technology Innovation Zone, Asia’s largest integrated startup complex, Maker Village has around 70 hardware startups engaged in advanced and advanced technological fields such as automation, AI / ML, robotics, drones, IoT, autonomous vehicles, AR / VR, biomedical. Instrumentation, additive manufacturing, energy and utilities, etc.
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