Intel recognizes ISEF finalists, innovators

, 1:59 PM IST

New Delhi : Reiterating its commitment to nurturing innovation, Intel India, the Department of Science and Technology (DST*), and the Indo US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) have felicitated the students who have been chosen to participate in the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), to be held in Phoenix, Arizona this May.

Intel and DST also announced the names of the top three projects selected for the Intel and DST – Innovate for Digital India Challenge.

At an event held in Delhi, Minister Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Y S Chowdary, Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology amongst others congratulated the 16 students shortlisted to attend the ISEF, and the winning teams of the challenge, recognizing their achievements which contribute to foster local innovation in India.

“Through Digital India, the Government aims to bring the benefits of technology to as many citizens as we can. Successful collaborations between the government and the private sector through initiatives like these aptly support this vision. It is endearing to see young minds coming together to address local challenges through the power of technology. I congratulate all the winners and wish then all the best,” said Y. S. Chowdary.

Commenting on the occasion, Debjani Ghosh-Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group and Managing Director, South Asia said, “Intel believes that innovation is indispensable for the Indian economy to realize its vision of becoming a successful digital economy. This shift necessitates a strong ecosystem that brings together students, entrepreneurs, and industry collaborations, and creating that ecosystem is Intel’s commitment to India. Through initiatives such as the Intel and DST – Innovate for Digital India Challenge and ISEF, our goal is to nurture this spirit of innovation and contribute to India’s digital growth story. I congratulate the winning three teams of the Challenge and the young students, and wish them all the best in all their future endeavors.”

The dignitaries congratulated the winners of the Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) National Fair 2015, who will represent Team India at ISEF 2016, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. IRIS is a research-based science initiative for students, by the DST, Government of India, Indo US Science and Technology Forum and Intel, that aims to empower the next generation of innovators.

The top three projects of the Intel and DST – Innovate for Digital India Challenge, which were selected from over 1,900 entries received, include projects based on Intel Architecture, and provide solutions for the agricultural and healthcare sector. The teams behind the winning projects will now have access to equity investments of up to Rs. 20,00,000.

Intel is providing broader support for Digital India through its multiple initiatives, including the Intel and DST-Innovate For Digital India Challenge, Intel India Maker Lab that provides infrastructure to budding entrepreneurs and platforms; Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science* (IRIS); Intel India Embedded Challenge and Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), that stimulate a culture of innovation and technology enabled transformation in young Indians. (ANI)