Intel® India Embedded Challenge
The Intel® India Embedded Challenge (Intel IEC) is a national level embedded design contest where participants get to architect, design and develop novel embedded applications based on the Intel® Atom™ platform. The competition has two main categories: Embedded Intelligent Systems, and Embedded Solutions for a Social Cause. These categories cover a wide variety of applications such as consumer solutions, telecommunications, military and aerospace engineering, biomedical and healthcare, and education, among others. Cash prizes of nearly INR 1.5 million are awarded to the winners every year.
Teams shortlisted for the finals after two elimination rounds receive Intel Atom developer kits, and are mentored and guided by more than 50 Intel technologists as they develop prototypes of their innovations. These prototypes are showcased at the annual Awards Event, where the winners are selected after a face-to-face interaction with the jury, which consists of 18 eminent persons from government, industry and academia.
Apart from two Grand Prizes, the awards include the Embedded Innovation of the Year Award, the Popular Choice Award, and a Special Mention Award. The Grand Prize winners get a direct entry to Next Big Idea, the technology entrepreneurship contest that is jointly conducted by Intel, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM Bangalore). Other selected finalists are also trained on entrepreneurship skills and start up creation at IIM Bangalore.
In all, more than 1,600 ideas have been received for Intel IEC over the last three years, and nearly 100 novel embedded applications have been developed and prototyped under this initiative, with mentoring support from Intel. The growing popularity and prestige of the contest can be gauged from the increase in registrations: there were more than 2,700 registrations in 2012, a 71% increase over 2010.