IIT-Kharagpur students win first 'Accenture Innovation Challenge'

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A sleep-assistant that uses a wireless device to remotely monitor sleep patterns won students from IIT-Kharagpur the grand prize at the first "Accenture Innovation Challenge".
Other winners of the competition organized by global professional services Accenture were students from Dronacharya Group of Institution, Noida; Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram; IIT-Roorkee; Shri Vishnu Engineering College for Women, Bhimavaram and IIT-Madras.
The challenge was designed to inspire innovation among college students in the country.
"We are thrilled that over 13,000 students from over 900 colleges took part in this year's Accenture Innovation Challenge and submitted over 7,000 innovation ideas," Mohan Sekhar, Senior Managing Director, Accenture Technology Services, said in a statement.
The students demonstrated innovative uses of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, Cloud, Mobility and Analytics.
The IIT-Kharagpur team showcased 'SleepDoc' -- a wireless sleep assistant that uses a wireless device to remotely monitor sleep patterns and an intelligent voice-interactive system to suggest changes to the user.
The live data monitoring system tracks the user's heart and breathing rate and alerts the nearest doctor automatically in case of discrepancies in the parameters.
The team from Dronacharya Group of Institution displayed 'BinBot' -- a robot that performs various waste management tasks such as waste collection, segregation and disposal.
The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology team created 'Real Time Text to Braille Converter'.
It comprises of a letter-to-letter Braille converter that prints the recognized letter in the Braille cell and a small cuboid that can be held with three fingers, enabling the visually impaired to read any printed book.
The team from IIT Roorkee showcased 'SNAP', a solution to help farmers increase the quality of farm yield, optimise spends on fertilizers and increase income by addressing the problem of soil acidification due to fertilizer overuse.
The all-women team from Shri Vishnu Engineering College for Women designed 'Sahaya' -- a Blockchain solution designed to deal with the unique challenges associated with making donations.
The IIT Madras team developed a compact Bio-inspired robot for septic and sewage line cleaning and inspection.
Source: IANS