Team Path Predictor from National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, won the most popular award for developing an en-routing and accident prevention self-learning system at national innovation contest KPIT sparkle for engineering students at Pune.

They were selected based on public voting from across the country. They won a cash prize of Rs One Lakh.

KPIT Sparkle 2018, with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, as its knowledge partner, invited students to develop next-generation technologies-applying artificial intelligence, new materials, and cybersecurity-to make products in the energy and transportation sectors greener, safer, and user-convenient.

It received more than 12,000 registrations from more than 600 engineering and science colleges, including 28 premier institutes like IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) and NIT (National Institutes of Technology) in the pre-qualification stage and shortlisted 30 of the 1,500+ teams for the finals based on the novelty, affordability, and commercial viability of their proposed ideas.

Team Electrodes from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur won the platinum award (Rs 10,00,000) for developing a flexible and disposable battery by using bacteria from sewage water.