The Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entreprenership (in association with Kerala State Industrial Industrial Development Corporation - KSIDC) was inaugurated on January 13, 2016 by Sri.P.K.Kunhalikutty, Hon'ble Minister for Industries & IT. His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, Major Archbishop, Malankara Catholic Church and Patron, MBCET presided over the function. Dr M Beena IAS, Managing Director - KSIDC delivered a special address.
MBCET hosted the 10th National Innovation Challenge on June 25,26 to identify, promote and celebrate outstanding talents whose innovative ideas can be demonstrated and commercialized.
MIT-TATA Center Workshop on Innovation (July 20-26, 2014)
MIT-TATA Center Workshop on Innovation was organized at the college from July 20-26, 2014 with the aim to promote the spirit of innovation in students and people working in various disciplines such as management, design, engineering, medical and art. The workshop involved hands-on activities including ideation, design fabrication and validation of solutions together with researchers from MIT and other mentors.
Focus areas: Qualcomm Mobile & Wireless, Health & Living and Toy Design
9th TechTop National Innovation Challenge from July 25-26, 2014
The ninth edition of the National Innovation Contest - TechTop-2014, to identify and recognize the best innovative talents from among the students of Engineering Colleges/Institutes of India was held at Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology, Trivandrum on July 25-26, 2014.
The theme for TechTop 2014 is ‘Improving lives of our rural population by application of Technology.’ 192 project proposals were received from engineering colleges across the country. 76 projects with their working models were chosen from the 192 proposals. In the final list only 17 best project innovations have been shortlisted as finalists who will display their innovative projects in the exhibition on July 25 and 26, 2014 and compete for the coveted cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh sponsored by Degree Controls.
TechTop is an event for budding engineers to tap their talent in innovation and entrepreneurship. Therefore the target audience to witness the innovations is the school students and the engineering students of the city. TechTop aims to present a platform to promote, train and launch entrepreneurs.
TechTop2014 was open to school and college students to visit on July 25 and for the general public on July 26, 2014.
TechTop 2014 concluded with the valedictory function on July 26, 2014 where the winners were announced with the best projects. The Best project was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh sponsored by Degree Controls. The second prize is Rs.50, 000, third prize is Rs.20, 000 and two consolation prizes of Rs.10,000 each will be given. Women in Technology prize of Rs.20, 000 was awarded to the best All Women Team.
MIT Media Lab Workshop on Innovation (29July- 01Aug, 2013)
MIT Media Lab, the interdisciplinary research laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States conducted their renowned Design Innovation and You (DIY) workshop, for the first time in Kerala, in the campus premises of Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology from 29th July to 1 August, 2013.
The participants of the workshop were handpicked by the instructors from the media lab and they came from different parts of the country. There were over 100 participants for the workshop of which 16 were MBCETians. The participants belonged to diverse educational fields like engineering, medicine, fine arts and literature.
The workshop consisted of three tracks or focus areas, namely: Hacking Culture, Mobile Ubiquitous Computing and Design for Sustainability. Each track had around 30 participants, managed by two Media Lab instructors.
The main objective of the workshop was to derive solutions to real world problems by combining the views, thoughts and ideas of people from various fields of education. In each track, the participants were split into several groups and were asked to find a solution to a problem existing around them.
During the course of the workshop, the various stages involved in developing an idea into a product were explained to all. In addition, they were also trained to make an effective, 30 seconds, sales pitch. On-site visits helped the participants to understand the practical difficulties faced in the concerned sectors and think of possible solutions.
The projects developed by the instructors at the Media Labs were also presented in certain sessions. Explore, experiment and do it yourself was their approach. The participants in their own respective groups worked hard and came up with prototypes. On the very last day, these prototypes were exhibited in the college.
When was the last time you did something for the first time? If one were to throw this question at any of the participants, surely will they respond with plenty of instances from over three days of their tryst with technology and innovation. That just sums up how good the workshop was.
MIT-Tata Center Workshop on Innovation, Fabrication and Entrepreneurship (7 Dec 2013-25 Jan 2014)
50 students from all engineering disciplines and academic years from MBCET were selected through an application process that tested primarily for their personal drive and not for academic performance. Mr. Rajesh Nair, from MIT Tata Centre, brought equipment such as 3D printer, CNC milling machine, vinyl cutter and an extensive inventory of electronic and mechanical components. The workshop was held between 7 Dec 2013 and 25 Jan 2014.
The college prepared a 2500 square-foot room specifically for this workshop. It housed the daily classes, group meetings, and the fabrication lab. Having dedicated space helped the students use it as their own workspace during the workshop.
The ten teams of five each were taken through three cycles of problem identification, solution creation, product fabrication, and business pitch. The thirty projects went from simple mind exercise & technology learning, to intense product design and market analysis.
The final projects were demonstrated to the faculty, rest of the student body and the public in the closing day. The students pitched their products and business venture to local government agencies, entrepreneurs and investors. The impact this workshop had on the students is spectacular. The energy for pursuing entrepreneurship has significantly increased among students.
The one week orientation programme on Innovation and entrepreneurship ‘Innovation 101’ was conducted for the MBCET students from 24-29 June 2014 in the College. Mr Aditya pasupuleti of Stanford (India) Bio-design was the mentor for the programme. 24 students underwent one week training on entrepreneurship which included field visit, problem statement formation and concept report, prototyping, business model canvas and mock pitches and a series of expert talks.