Tata Technologies, a global product engineering and digital services company, has successfully concluded the inaugural edition of the InnoVent hackathon. This innovation platform provides young engineering students in India with an opportunity to showcase their creativity and develop solutions for challenges in the manufacturing industry.
The hackathon garnered active participation from 2,696 budding engineers across 229 colleges in India, resulting in the submission of 814 unique projects. Tata Technologies Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) offered over 590 hours of mentoring through workshops and project team training to help scale up innovative ideas.
This initiative signifies a significant step in Tata Technologies’ engagement with the academic community, fostering innovation and creativity among young engineering talents in India. The top 10 teams presented their innovation prototypes at the Demo Day held at Tata Technologies headquarters in Hinjawadi, Pune. The final evaluations were conducted by a distinguished jury comprising Warren Harris (CEO and MD, Tata Technologies), Ravi Arora (Senior Vice-President & Head Group Innovation – Tata Sons), Sven Patuschka (Chief Technology Officer, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles & Tata Passenger Electric Mobility), and Jyotin Kutty Sastabhavan (Chief Sustainability Officer – Tata Motors).
The winning team, Rolex from Bannari Amman Institute Of Technology, Erode, received a cash prize of Rs. 300,000 for their Generative AI for car design. The second prize of Rs. 100,000 went to Team Blitzkrieg from RVCE, Bangalore, for their Design and development of an Autonomous Electric Vehicle (AEV) for Indian roads. Team ThunderBolt from VIT, Vellore, won the third prize of Rs. 50,000 for their Battery system and pumping station for buses using Vanadium redox flow battery.
Tata Technologies has extended job opportunities to 34 team members from the top 10 teams in recognition of their talent and innovative contributions.
Warren Harris, CEO and MD of Tata Technologies, commended the participants for their ingenious solutions to real-world challenges, emphasizing Tata Technologies’ commitment to collaborating with the academic community to innovate sustainable e-mobility solutions. Santosh Singh, EVP and Global Head of Marketing and Business Excellence at Tata Technologies, highlighted the importance of fostering a culture of innovation among young engineering students, expressing delight in supporting, mentoring, and empowering these innovative minds.