Innovation in focus at IIT-Delhi’s science, technology festival | Latest news India

New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi’s three-day annual science and technology festival, ‘Tryst’, kicked off here on campus on Friday.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event could not be held for two years.

Sponsored by US-based Graphite GTC, a leading no-code software development platform, Tryst 2022 aims to provide aspiring technologists with opportunities to demonstrate their technical prowess and serves as a perfect launching point for brilliant ideas.

The event kicked off with the virtual address of Ashish Chauhan, managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of Bombay Stock Exchange, who spoke about how the financial markets work.

Asked about investment advice, Chauhan told students, “Don’t trade. It’s not an investment, it’s speculation. That is my advice for young people starting their career. They should focus on developing capabilities.”

The inaugural address was followed by an incubation challenge event in which students presented their startup ideas. The ideas of a portable, app-powered chimney to tackle kitchen smoke, a mobile app that provides immediate medical health facilities at low cost, an app for early detection of chronic diseases and an app to make travel easier for travel enthusiasts were among others. pitched by the students .

All the ideas were “fresh and innovative” and focused primarily on issues facing Indians, said Chris Gali, co-founder and CEO of Graphite GTC.

“I was pleasantly surprised. My idea of ​​innovative startups in India was what we read in the news and they usually look like imitations of what’s already out there in western countries. That idea was completely crushed after what I saw today. Almost all of the students’ ideas were innovative and fresh. What really touched me was that most of the ideas were very specific to Indian problems and issues,” he added.

A series of interactive keynote sessions were also held, including innovations in aerospace engineering by Kishore Jayaraman, President of Rolls Royce, India, and Bipul Chandra, President of Ducati, on the importance of innovation in the Indian two-wheeler market.

There was also a panel discussion on the evolution of the education system and the impact of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

Bryan Rishforth, executive chairman of Graphite GTC, explained the importance of events such as ‘Tryst’: “The platform allows students and universities to demonstrate cutting-edge activities and technologies they have developed. We have over 15,000 students enrolled in the conference and it shows how much interest they are. The response has been amazing.”

The next two days of ‘Tryst’ are expected to witness a series of activities and speeches from prominent personalities, including Rubrik CEO Bipul Sinha, UpGrad co-founder Phalgun Kompalli and Padma Shri Awardee entrepreneur Milind Kamble.

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