Aimed at inspiring young minds and giving them an broad idea of today’s world via its progress through Exponential Technologies, IEDC MBCET conducted THINK 10X, a three hour session by Mr. Gokul Alex, SeniorManager, Business Innovation at UST Global, Thiruvananthapuram, on 24th February 2018 which was attended by 90+ students. Through the progress of the talk, Mr. Alex gave an introduction to different emerging areas of interest such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Deep Learning etc.
As part of the Inspire to Ideate initiative conducted by UST Global in our college for third year students of MBCET from 9th to 23rd October 2017, 5 students were shortlisted based on their performance.
These 5 students selected from this program, will get a chance to
Visit to the Digital Innovation Lab of UST (Infinity Labs)
Business Internship Project with exposure to Retail, Banking, Healthcare related domain challenges ( 1 month)
Platform Internship Project with exposure to AR/VR, IoT, AI, RPA, Analytics, Algorithms ( 1 month )
Research Internship Project with training on Blockchain, Quantum Computing, Drones, 3D Printing ( 1 month)
An Idea Drive was conducted by UST Global in association with Catalyst- MBCET IEDC on 13thOctober 2017. The Idea Drive was conducted for fifth semester students of MBCET and had participation of 76 students from all branches.
Developer Weekend was jointly organized by Mar Baselios College of Engineering & Technology, Thiruvananthapuram and Bloombloom Dreambiz Pvt Ltd on 23&24 September 2017. It was an initiative to bring awareness about the upcoming technologies such as Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Chatbots etc. and aim to spread knowledge and awareness about technologies of the future while solving problems of local communities.
Catalyst along with Kerala Startup Mission had organized a startup orientation program ‘#outofsyllabus’ for the students of MBCET on 9th August 2017l. The session was handled by Mr. Rohit Radhakrishnan, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Openfuel. The two hour orientation workshop on entrepreneurship discussed the case studies of Indian Startups. The event saw an active participation of 55 students from various branches.
GREENROOM: STARTUP- SME CONCLAVE
GREENROOM: Startup-SME Conclave was organized by Mar Baselios College of Engineering & Technology, Thiruvananthapuram and Bloombloom dreambiz Pvt Ltd, on 2nd July 2017. The program was organized in association with the Kerala Startup Mission. GREENROOM, Kerala’s biggest STARTUP SME Conclave, was held at Girideepam Convention Centre, Mar Ivanios Vidya Nagar, Trivandrum. A daylong event, which invited substantial attention of the media, had eminent speakers from various disciplines. A colorful Inaugural session was followed by panel discussions that threw light into finding ways to enrich innovations in the SME-Startup sector in India.
INTEL INNOVATOR ACTIVITY
Intel Innovator Activity, an event conducted by Intel Innovators was organized by Catalyst MBCET on 18th February 2017. This is the first time an Innovator Activity is conducted across Kerala. The sessions included an introductory session on development of computer games using Unity and Platino Game Engine, and introduction to Bionics and IoT.
INAUGURATION OF LAUNCHPAD
The inauguration of Launchpad, a unique initiative to support startups by Federal Bank Ltd., supported by Bloombloom Dreambiz Pvt Ltd.,was organized at the college on 15th November 2016.
INDEGO 2016 – START UP SUMMIT
Indego’16, National Level Student Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, was held at Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram on 16 – 17 January 2016. The two day event was dedicated to create a platform for young entrepreneurs to kick start their startup dreams and make it into reality. The main events included Startup Bootcamp, Software Accelerator and Hardware Accelerator.
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 find 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 and 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.