Beyond Awards - All that KPIT Sparkle has to offer

“Opportunity does not come gift wrapped. You must take risks”. But what if we told you that we’ve got an opportunity on the offering and there are no risks attached? At best, the most risk you’ll have to take is to get out of your comfort zone and the spectrum of excuses that are keeping you from taking your innovative idea to success. Before you dismiss this as a ‘too good to be true’ kind of claim, read on. This opportunity that we are talking about is KPIT Sparkle. Since its inception in 2015, KPIT Sparkle, a one of a kind an innovation contest, has provided science and engineering students from across India, a platform to present innovative ideas related to the field of energy and transportation to solve real-world problems. The competition is open to all students from an undergraduate level to Ph.D. While KPIT sparkle is a competition, it is quite unlike regular contests. There is an award, and a handsome one, but this competition moves beyond awards. So let’s begin with the scale of the program. In 2015, the first edition, 100 colleges participated in the contest which rose to 1121 in the 5th edition. 22150 students participated in this program in 2019 submitting 2065 ideas. While the competition is getting tougher owing to its rising popularity, here’s a look at what all you could win.

What’s new in KPIT Sparkle this year?

It’s not just about ideas; it’s about making ideas happen. If you have an idea, and if you want to bring it to life, KPIT Sparkle is the platform you’ve been waiting for.

Having been around for 6 years now, KPIT Sparkle has been a key milestone on the road to shape the innovations of the future. And what better way to do this, than by getting students from undergraduate, post-graduate and Ph.D. courses on board from colleges across India and encourage innovative thinking?

By bringing the industry and academia together, we encourage students and faculty to come up with innovative ideas on the most important topics of today. Students from Science, Engineering, Design, and Management streams are given the opportunity to identify a real-life use-case or problem, develop a solution and comprehensively demonstrate it through a working prototype.

6 options to replace fossil fuels in our cars

~The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it~ Robert Swan

That fossil fuels play a dominant role in the world today is known to all. Having been a fundamental driver of the Industrial Revolution, and a major contributor of most of the technological, social, economic, and development progress that followed, fossil fuels have brought about a global change – in many ways. But with a growing list of environmental impacts such as air pollution and emittance of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, the time has come to switch to more renewable sources.

Yet, in 2018, fossil fuels provided 80% of the total energy used in the USA, the world’s leading economy. As greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, the world is running out of time to avert devastating impacts.

The longer we wait to curb fossil fuel usage, the greater the damage they will cause to the environment.

With car sales touching the 78.7 million mark in 2019, it’s about time to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, transition towards renewable sources, and balance the role of energy in social and economic development.

Are you up for a challenge? Here is where we need your help

~We don’t grow when things are easy; we grow when we face challenges~ At KPIT Sparkle, over the past 6 years, we have been a witness to the brightest minds of the country showcasing their potential and innovation at an inspirational level. These students come up with out-of-the-box ideas and solutions, and we’re happy to do our bit in facilitating these new ways of doing things. Over this time, undergraduate, post-graduate, and Ph.D. students from Science, Engineering, Design or Management colleges in India have grabbed the platform to bring their ideas to life. But what’s success without a little bit of challenge? This year, we’re looking to challenge students, professors, and faculty through an exciting contest where they can showcase their imagination, skills, and initiative in the areas of Mobility and Energy. What is the contest? A KPIT Sparkle first this year, the ““i can crack IT”” innovation contest gives participants an opportunity to solve real-world problems. They can choose from a range of problem statements across various categories within Mobility and Energy and try to come up with the best solution. Since all the required links, data, and informational resources are provided by KPIT, all the participants have to do is to rack their brains and come up with out-of-the-box solutions that are modern and innovative. Students can add one faculty as a team member, and also file for a shared patent with KPIT for the solution they provide. Mind you, these are not easy or run-of-the-mill problems. These are problems that our in-house experts have already grappled with and found challenging. Challenging enough, in fact, for them to have to turn to you, bright young minds with a request for help.

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