vivo announced the National winners of its country-wide initiative - vivo Ignite, Science and Innovation Awards at The Grand, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, in the presence of Chief Guest Shri Rajendra Prasad Singh, Chief Scientist and Head, IMD at CSIR, Ministry of Science & Technology.
The top 10 students out of 25 National Finalists who presented the most scientifically innovative and socially relevant projects were declared National Winners and awarded a trophy, a certificate, along with cash prizes ranging from ₹5,00,000 to ₹75,000.
vivo Ignite was conceptualized with a broad vision to promote a culture of innovation that has a positive impact on the society. The initiative was open to all Indian students of grades 8 to 12 and was conducted in three stages between September 2022 to February 2023, where students submitted their ideas along with a synopsis.
Over 1000 entries were received from students of across the country. The top 25 students battled it out at the Grand Finale, wherein they displayed their projects in person and were judged based on their creative thinking, innovation, use of science and technology, and potential to make a positive social impact.
“We congratulate all the participants of vivo Ignite, Science and Innovation Awards across the country and its national winners on their remarkable success.
It is a joy to see that India’s future is so promising and in the capable hands of bright young minds who have the potential to become world-class leaders’ thinkers and innovators who can solve socially relevant problems through technology. Through this initiative, our aim is to foster innovation and creativity in the next generation of India and encourage a problem-solving approach along with providing a platform for young minds to present their ideas,” said Yogendra Sriramula, Head Brand Strategy, vivo India.
The winning projects included Early Detection Of Vocal Disorders Using Voice Analysis & Machine Learning, Converting Mould To Gold (Community Garbage Disintegrator), FWWA - Food and Water Wealth for Animals, Bloodice – Bluetooth-Enabled Blood Testing Device, Squirrel-Based Rescue Robots For Remote Places & Natural Disasters in Concept Category and MARIMO - Eco-Friendly Mechanism To Clean Oil Spills, Driver Drowsiness Detection System to Prevent Road Accidents, G-LED: Reusable LED Bulbs & Tubes With Replaceable LED Cartridge, Detecting Air Pollution Levels using Machine Learning on Plant Leaves, Valuable Trash - Using Advanced AI To Recycle & Upcycle Waste in Prototype Category.
The jury panel consisted of eminent personalities from the field of Education and Science, including Prof. Indu Kumar, Head - DICT, CIET, NCERT; Prof. Swaroop Ganguly, Professor - Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay and Prof. Kamal Jain, Professor - Civil Engineering, IIT Roorkee; Dr. Ashok A. Sonkusare, Deputy Adviser - Science and Technology, NITI Aayog, Anuradha Chimalapati, Lead CSR, vivo India and Rhythma Kaul, Deputy Editor – Health, Hindustan Times.