The finalists were evaluated based on the novelty, affordability, and commercial viability of the proposed ideas. The winners of the contest were evaluated by a panel of eminent jurors and announced at an award ceremony on 24th February 2019, where cash prizes of INR 16 Lakhs were awarded to them.
The competition aims at fostering innovation among students by providing them with an opportunity to imagine, ideate and develop innovations with a high social impact on sustainability. In the last five years, KPIT Sparkle has received nearly 6000 ideas from more than 50,000 students nationally. The theme for the 2019 edition was "Energy and Mobility for the Future". It sought futuristic solutions, based on cutting-edge technologies, to solve problems in areas, such as renewable energy generation, energy storage, energy utilisation and clean, safe, shared, connected, and secured mobility. KPIT Sparkle 2019 received more than 2000 ideas from around 22,000 students across more than 1,100 colleges in India.
KPIT Sparkle 2019 was privileged to be associated with the Government of India's Department of Science and Technology (DST), NITI Aayog's Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), India Design Council and the National Institute of Design as the knowledge partners and Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering (PCCOE), Pune; Noida Institute of Engineering and Technology (NIET), Greater Noida; and Sandip University, Nashik; as academic partners. Also, KPIT partnered with the Centre for Innovation Incubation & Entrepreneurship (CIIE), IIM Ahmedabad, Incubation Cell, IITM, Science and Technology Park, BHAU Institute and Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Linkages (CIIL) , Savitribai Phule University to provide incubation opportunities to deserving ideas.
Platinum award winner
Team Aqua from Army Institute of Technology, Pune, won the platinum award of Rs. 10,00,000 for developing a vertical axis water turbine (VAWT), which is 24% more efficient than a conventional system. The turbine can be used for both small and large-scale energy production and in all flow conditions.
Silver award winners
Team Gravity from Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, for designing a scalable plant-based microbial fuel cell technology. The solution has the capacity to generate electricity and eliminate dependence on climate for renewable energy production.
Team AutoTrac from College of Engineering, Indore, for designing a driverless tractor, which saves labour cost, time and manual labour.
Most Popular award winner
Team Drivetrain from Jayawantrao Sawant College of Engineering, Pune, won the Most Popular Award for designing a novel transmission system (single stage gear box) to increase the load carrying capacity and gradeability of existing e-vehicles. The team garnered online votes in excess of 11,000 for their project.