Under the National ICT Grassroots Research Initiative (NIGRI) of the National ICT R&D Fund, a nationwide competition was held earlier in Islamabad today where final year projects from different universities were showcased.
CEO ICT R&D Fund visited each stall and gave constructive feedback to the students showcasing their work. The program provides financial assistance, enabling students from public and private sector universities who are working on Final Year Projects (FYP), to build prototypes that demonstrate advances in technology and showcase creativity, innovation and hands-on engineering and development skills.
Some interesting projects that caught our eye during our visit to Margalla Hotel, where the event was held earlier today, include the helmet created for coal miners from Balochistan, tech fixes for the visually impaired and interesting developments in the IoT and robotics field.
Ms. Anusha Rahman, Minister for IT & Telecom, Pakistan graced the occasion as Chief Guest for the event. Winners announced just now include:
Winner: Power Watchdog
1st Runner Up: Smart Helmet for Coal Miners
2nd Runner Up: Design and Simulator of Fire Tube Boiler Using PLC
In this national competition the champion will be awarded a cash prize of PKR 400,000, the 1st runner up will bag a cash prize of PKR 300,000, and the 2nd runner up will win a cash prize of PKR 200,000.
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Supervisors will be awarded cash prizes of PKR 100,000/- PKR 75,000/- and PKR 50,000/- respectively.
The event was produced by Change Mechanics, and was well-attended by industry veterans including Faisal Khan, Salman Ansari, Parvez Abbasi, Jaffar Shirazi and others.