Analog Devices today announced the start of its biennial design fellowship program called Anveshan 2016. This year the program is focused on the rapidly growing and evolving Internet of Things (IoT) space, and for the first time extends beyond the engineering student community to encompass the entire ecosystem. This includes IoT startups, makers, hobbyists and entrepreneurs.
The Anveshan Design Fellowship Program provides a platform to create and experiment with innovative IoT applications, develop sensor-to-cloud prototypes, experiment and innovate with key technologies such as energy harvesting and IoT connectivity, develop breakthrough concepts and algorithms for IoT use cases, and experiment with IoT platforms with analytics running on the edge, fog or cloud. Anveshan gives participants an opportunity to showcase their innovation by designing and architecting a complete innovative IoT product, core technology, algorithm or an IoT service in a low-risk setting with funding and guidance provided by Analog Devices.
Under the Anveshan program, Analog Devices India will fund projects with a maximum amount of INR1,00,000 assigned to finalist teams for up to nine months. Student and professional teams will be assessed and appraised separately. All student teams can use Anveshan as a final year project, and must have an assigned faculty advisor along with a mentor from Analog Devices. Unlike a Hackathon or Makeathon, which are short-term proof of concept prototypes to learn, Anveshan is run differently as participating teams are encouraged to go much deeper and develop an idea through a focused effort and test and refine the concept for a much longer timeframe of up to nine months.
“IoT combines the convergence of multi-disciplinary facets of engineering such as hardware, IT, big data analytics, as well as cloud and connectivity for new business models and problem solving,” said Somshubhro (Som) Pal Choudhury, managing director, Analog Devices India. “With an already healthy IoT engineering ecosystem in India and the emergence of the maker community, Anveshan provides a platform to ideate, create, test, and experiment with IoT solutions. We hope to see exciting, pertinent and well thought out ideas emerge from Anveshan that have an impact on India’s big goals of Digital India, smart cities, healthcare, agriculture productivity and smart factories for Make in India.”
The winning Anveshan 2014-15 team developed an innovative ‘Baby Beats’ wellness monitor to track remotely the health, movement and activities of a baby, directed via Bluetooth to the parents Mobile App.