Jun 16, 2015

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Day 12: Highlights

-By Nirali Kansara and Mansi Singh

REPORT OF 16th JUNE, 2015

The students we given time to develop on their ideas, and design them. Professor Kate Bissett Johnson had sent her reviews and suggestions on each of the problem statements that were forwarded to her. She provided comments on each one of the problem statements, also providing links to websites which they could use for further literature review. Keeping the ergonomic factors in mind, she advised the students to focus on user context- their needs, wants, desires and priorities. She also sent articles and research papers which would be helpful to the students for further research. All the suggestions were discussed together, and the students were told to incorporate her suggestions in their prototype designing.

After lunch, Prof Sanjay Chaudhary, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ahmedabad University, gave a lecture on ICT and the innovations of ICT in agriculture. He emphasized on the need to innovate- to make life easier, to reduce cost and improve quality of life and to make product sustainable. Telecom and ICT are drivers of innovation and they complement each other. Data gives you an idea on how to prepare yourself. No product can survive if it can’t match its cost. He also explained about the last mile problem and how it can be solved using Free Space Optics (FSO). He emphasized on the fact that the one should never follow on top down approach, but should follow bottom up approach.
He gave examples of innovations of ICT in Agriculture:
– e-Avik by ISRO
– digital GREEN by Microsoft
– my-RML for micro level Met prediction
– Internet of Everything (IoE): Farming without soil; for urban farming
– eFresh
– TeNeT- IITM initiative
– Rural ATM
– aAQUA: IIT B initiative
– Bhav Puchiye: IIT B initiative
– Keylekh: to promote Devnagri script
– Visual Acuity Test: HP-IIT M Research facility
– e-Mamta
– e- Choupal by ITC ltd

After tea, Prof M P Ranjan of NID took a session on prototype designing. He gave each group a sheet of paper and told them to draw whatever design of their idea comes in their mind. He himself drew a cross section of a vintage car. The students were engaged in this activity for an hour. Prof M P Ranjan was giving each group insights on the approach. He told everyone to open their minds to possibilities and not constrict yourself to a single idea.

The students got useful feedback from Prof Ranjan, enabling them to follow a clear approach towards preparing proof of concept and prototype designing.

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