Intel India is going to host the second annual Intel India Embedded challenge (IIEC) on August 19, 2011 in Bangalore. The nation-wide contest aims to spur innovation in the area of embedded technology and will see finalists from academia and industry showcase breakthroughs in education, medicine and rural development. Thirty-one finalists will compete for top prizes with a diverse range of applications: including addressing social issues, such as the environment, as well as gaming, social networking, infotainment and robotics. Each shortlisted team received hardware and software support from Intel to develop their projects and student teams were given access to the expertise of Intel technologists.
IIEC 2011 saw more than 1,600 entries that were shortlisted to 119 teams, with the 31 finalists selected by an expert panel of evaluators from Intel. A total of Rs. 13, 50,000 in prizes will be awarded, including a Rs. 10, 00,000 grand prize for the winning team to fund further research and product development. Winners also have the opportunity to take part in 'The Next Big Idea', a new initiative aimed at fostering greater entrepreneurial growth across the country. Conducted by Intel, the Department of Science and Technology and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, the program is an incubator for outstanding innovative ideas. It assesses business plans and provides practical support to develop them into sustainable business models.