Open House 2022, hosted by the Centre for Innovation (CFI) at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras recently, featured over 60 innovative tech projects made by students of the institute.
After a gap of two years, the event returned to a physical mode and showcased autonomous vehicles, rockets and the first-ever electric formula car from the institute made by team Raftar.
For the first time, this edition was also made accessible on a Metaverse platform called Gather Town to a limited audience this year to highlight the innovations to people who could not be physically present at the event.
Over 1,500 people, including around 100 industrialists and IIT Madras alumni, participated in-person with another 500 taking part virtually through Gather Town.
Speaking after inaugurating the event, V Kamakoti, the director of IIT Madras, said that activity taken up by CFI provides a platform for young innovators to showcase their creations and serves as a source of inspiration for other young students to innovate. Kamakoti also launched a new CFI website.
Numerous projects such as team Abhiyaan's autonomous vehicle called the Bolt, team Abhyuday's rocket, and team Avishkar's Hyperloop, a sports science and analytics' projects done in collaboration with Sports Science Centre of Excellence of IIT Madras were showcased at the event.
A Bird Diverter project undertaken in partnership with Wildlife Institute of India and projects on Blockchain Technology were also showcased. The event witnessed numerous industry-proposed projects such as the Job Aggregator project and the Dental Implant Project.
Nilesh Vasa, a professor from the Department of Engineering Design; Prabhu Rajagopal, the faculty advisor, CFI-IIT Madras; Asokan Thondiyath, the faculty advisor from Team Anveshak; Dhanveerraj J M, a student executive head at CFI-IIT Madras and Nitish Gupta, the co-curricular affairs secretary at IIT Madras spoke at the event.
Some of the new initiatives at CFI include creating the chennaiwaterlogging.org, a platform enabling public participation in the Chennai region to improve disaster preparedness and response in communities.
Team Abhyuday, the rocketry team of IIT Madras, successfully qualified in its maiden attempt for the finals of the Spaceport America Cup in June 2022 in New Mexico, USA. Team Abhyuday is the first-ever team across all IITs to qualify for this event.
Team Raftar marked a significant new milestone by switching from combustion engines to electric engines this year, in line with the global call for sustainability in the automotive industry. They won the Overall Championship in the Electric Category at Formula Bharat Virtuals 21-22 held in October 2021.