Most Promising Startup Company

Cyclops Medtech Pvt. Ltd.

Cyclops MedTech Pvt. Ltd. is a Bangalore based start-up working extensively in the areas of eye tracking and vestibular science. Cyclops’ vision is to create highly innovative and cost effective medical technology and devices which can dramatically expand the diagnosis horizon and thereby aid in faster and better cure.  

Cyclops’ first product, a "complete balance assessment tool" is a wearable clinical device used to diagnose vertigo. We started working on the product in 2012 and produced a working alpha prototype in 8 months. The device was tested at a leading ENT centre in Bangalore for over 6 months. The device was showcased at AOICON and received a overwhelming response from ENT specialists from across the country. Presently we are on the verge of completing Cyclops beta prototype and the product should be commercially available by the Sept 2016. 

Cyclops is working on a suite of products across the entire balance spectrum and are also doing a lot of research on eye tracking and it's application to diagnose various medical conditions. 

The company is being incubated at the Bio Medical Innovation Centre at BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore.

Most Promising Startup Company

Sagar Defence Engineering Pvt. Ltd.

Founded in May 2015, Mumbai-based startup - Sagar Defence Engineering (SDE) has become pioneer in India to design, manufacture and supply the first ever Unmanned Marine Surface Vehicle (UMSV) indigenously in collaboration with Indian Navy.

SDE’s areas of expertise include Unmanned Marine Surface Vehicles (UMSV), Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAV), Autopilot technology, Navigational instruments and telemetry systems which will revolutionize the future in your finger tips.

SDE’s perseverance has helped bag us orders for building three more UMSV for the Indian Navy in such a short span of time. Also we have been allotted a water front land by Maharashtra government for Testing and Trials of our Unmanned Marine Vehicles in order to boost our technology.

Sagar Defence Engineering develops unmanned marine vehicle that help the Maritime Industry, Oil & Gas Industry and Scientific Community with efficient solutions for the collection of maritime and oceanic data in real-time where no human life risk is involve.

Unlike other vehicles these vehicles can not only be operated on oceans but also on lakes and ponds. These vehicles are so versatile in their nature that the same vehicle can be used in various applications with little tweaks.

Most Innovative Product

Aura Semiconductor Private Limited

Aura is a fabless semiconductor company innovating high performance IC products for IoT Radios, Timing and Portable Audio markets.

Aura was founded in 2010 by engineers having extensive global semiconductor product development experience, and is located in Bangalore, India. Over the last several years, we have built a highly talented team that has designed our differentiated products. And in 2016, we closed on our first round of funding with WRV Capital. The products designed with Aura’s core high performance technology and IP, are currently sampling with customers worldwide.

Aura has created the world’s smallest BTLE+ 802.15.4 Radio IP for IOT markets. Aura’s solution is almost a third of the competing solutions. This has resulted in the top IOT Bluetooth LE Stack providers including ARM and Mindtree partnering with Aura.

20 Years of RF experience has gone into producing the world’s smallest BTLE + 802.15.4 transceiver IP.

This IP is less than 0.5sqmm in size while most of the competing solutions are more than 1.5sqmm in area. A savings of 1sqmm in 40nm amounts to ~5c savings on the die cost. This is a considerable saving in the gross margins when the ASPs of the IOT chips are in the 60c-80c range.

While maintaining the smallest area, the IP has the best in class performance specs. It has one of the highest reported RF sensitivity and it is among the lowest power solutions available today.

Most Innovative Product

Samsung R&D Institute India

Samsung’s emphasis on Innovation and Research & Development is essential to its business. In order to inculcate a culture of global as well as local innovation, Samsung has a number of R&D centres strategically spread across the globe. India is amongst the hotspots of Samsung's innovation strategy. As a result of that, there are as many as three R&D Centres in India: Samsung Research Institutes in Bangalore, Delhi, and Noida.  These three R&D Centres work on cutting edge technologies across almost all areas of Samsung's business, for global as well as for local markets. 

While Samsung Research Institute-Delhi develops emerging solutions for high-end televisions and digital media products, SRI-Noida is focused on Smartphone development. SRI-Bangalore is the Centre of Excellence in Mobile Terminal & Infrastructure, Multimedia, SoC, Server Development contributing towards Smartphone, Semiconductors & Digital Printing Solutions business. 

The Technovation Award winning product is the First mobile device to be commercialized inside Samsung with embedded IRIS processing technology, globally. Subsequent devices with IRIS processing are expected to follow. The launch was covered in major media sites of India. The device was launched with “Samsung India Identity SDK” developed by SRIB: Identity SDK for B2B application developers to help them build financial inclusion, payments and authentication solutions on our device.

Most Innovative Product

Spectral Insights Private Limited

Spectral Insights is making use of in-house expertise in Optics, Spectroscopy, Image Processing, Machine Learning, and Algorithms to build the Saber system. By partnering with several companies, we are building a fully connected Wireless IoT device that is able to bring Spectral Analytics and Outcomes to the farm.

We have embraced Hardware-Algorithm-Software co-design in order to build building blocks for Imaging system and associated Software Analytics platform. With these building blocks, we are able to do deep-dive into several application areas ourselves or support our customers for the same.

By reducing the need for expensive Optics and Filters, we are cutting down the cost of these spectral cameras by over 90%, while taking advantage of available compute power in the Cloud for Spectral data construction.

Hyperspectral cameras produce spectral data of an object or a scene. This spectral data can be utilized to study the characteristics of the scene, in addition to the spatial data, and hence obtain an extra dimension of information that is not available from standard Bayer RGB cameras.

Low cost spectral cameras from competitors from Europe and US use pre-deposited narrow band filters that provide 4-5 bands of spectral data. This data is only sufficient to know whether a plant is healthy or stressed. Such cameras start from $3500 plus cost of Software to analyze the data. If you need more insights, high-end spectral cameras that produce continuous spectra (100+ bands) are used. And these range from $50K+.

Most Innovative Product

Tejas Networks Limited

Tejas Networks is an India-based optical and data networking products company. Tejas designs, develops and sells high-performance and cost-competitive products to telecommunications service providers, internet service providers, utilities, defence and government entities in over 60 countries. Tejas products utilize a programmable software-defined hardware architecture with a common software code-base that delivers an app-like ease of development and upgrades of new features and technology standards. Tejas is ranked amongst top-10 suppliers in the global optical aggregation segment.  

Tejas Networks has won for its innovative product TJ1400- Packet Transport Node (TJ1400-PTN) that has been fully conceptualized, researched, designed, developed and manufactured in India. TJ1400 is a family of innovative, high capacity, fiber optic networking products from Tejas that is deployed in the modern-day fiber optic transmission networks for mobile base-station connectivity (for 2G, 3G, 4G & future 5G), enterprise data services and bandwidth services. The IPR of TJ1400-PTN is fully owned by Tejas in India with 165 patents filed in India and USA.

Best Electronics Manufacturing Services Company

Sahasra Electronics Pvt. Ltd.

Sahasra Electronics Pvt. Ltd. (SEPL) is one of the country’s first exported oriented Electronic Manufacturing Services companies exporting electronics hardware out of the SEZ in Noida, U.P, India. Set up in 2001 the company has overcome several challenges since its inception right from battling a general perception of India not being an export oriented destination, being a relatively infant player in the global electronics market and then surviving the global meltdown in 2008-09. SEPL’s main USP’s of having global offices catering to customers real time, continuously re-investing in plant and technology up gradation and integrating vertically and horizontally have given it a competitive edge which has not only helped it sustain and survive rather grow rapidly year on year.

With a strong electronics core team which has been with the company since inception, extremely low attrition at all levels and an out of the box thinking CMD the company is very clearly driven by committed and professional individuals truly supporting the PM's Make In India mission. Starting with export of electronic hardware to USA the company spread out its wings to Europe building customers in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Canada and very recently made humble beginnings in the African continent. Its recent foray into manufacturing industrial, automotive, medical, sensor, telecom, lighting, networking, railways, renewable energy markets and its pursuing the defence and aerospace markets as well.

SEPL is an ISO/TS 16949, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 18001 and ESD 20:20 certified company and is continuously investing in quality processes and systems to upgrade itself to match global standards to compete with its Asian, Eastern European and South Amercian peers participating in the global electronics EMS market. While the world's perception of India as an exporter of electronic hardware has changed and India is seriously being looked at as an alternative destination to China for electronics manufacturing global challenges of forex fluctuations, negative or very low growth globally still remain.

Best Electronics Manufacturing Services Company

SFO Technologies Pvt Ltd

SFO Technologies is the flagship company of the 300 million dollar NeST Group of companies with more than 4000 employees. Focused on expansion and growth, NeST Group is a highly diversified business conglomerate and is also one of the largest exporters and EMS manufacturers in India. SFO Technologies, which operates in the Healthcare, Telecom, Industrial and Energy & Transportation sectors, aims to offer a one-stop solution in design, engineering, software development and Electronic Manufacturing Services. The NeST Group has a strong presence in futuristic computer & communication technology areas like networking, fiber optics, RF & Microwave and software.

SFO Technologies has hardware and software facilities adhering to world class standards, spread across Trivandrum, Cochin, Bangalore and Mysore in India and in the USA.

SFO's Vision is to be the global leader in providing end-to-end solutions in Engineering and Manufacturing for both hardware and software products in the high value added markets.

Best Electronics Manufacturing Services Company

Sourabh Alagundagi,

Sandeep Patil,

Shreya Gudasalamani

B. V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology, Hubballi

The B. V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology (BVBCET), established in 1947 by the KLE Society, has achieved an enviable status due to a strong emphasis on academic and technical excellence.

The 3 Techno Graduate Innovators won the Technovation Award for their project on Communicative Glove. Communicative Glove is a Human-Machine Interface system that converts the signs made using hand gestures to the corresponding audio and text message understood by all. Communication is a major aspect of life. For speech and hearing impaired individuals, standard forms of communication feel short. The main challenge the speech and hearing impaired individuals face is to communicate their message using sign language which is esoteric to the healthy individuals. But, sign language has proven to be an effective means for expressing and interpreting information for the speech and hearing impaired individuals. Communicative Glove is an ideal combination of a portable hand glove and an Android app. The glove consists of flex and IMU sensors which track the signs made. Further, the processing of sensor data is done by a microcontroller which transmits the processed data to the app via a Bluetooth module. The Android app ‘Dhvani’ operates either in calibration mode or in function mode. Calibration mode makes the glove useful for all hand sizes. In operation mode of the app, the data received from the glove is converted into speech and text. Also, the app has a listen feature for the hearing impaired, making it to act like voice and ears. The alphabets/numbers/words made in the form of signs are transformed into understandable speech and text, thus enabling the auditory disabled with two-way communication capability. Communicative Glove has been tested for its functionality at the ‘Priyadarshini deaf and dumb residential school, Hubballi’.

Techno Inventor – Masters

Anoop Narayan Bhat

IIT Madras, Chennai, India

Anoop Bhat is currently working as an analog design engineer at Kilby Labs, Texas Instruments, India. He is presently concentrating on designing electromagnetic interference and cross talk immune full duplex receiver circuits for high speed isolated die-to-die data link.

Anoop Bhat graduated with MS from IIT Madras, Chennai, in July 2016 under the guidance of Dr. Nagendra Krishnapura. He worked on maximizing the data rate of an OOK link by resetting the channel state variables accessible at transmitter and receiver. Fabricated silicon to test the theory proved 4x improvements in the data rate compared to existing prior arts. During this time he worked as an intern at Texas Instruments, India.

He obtained his B. E. degree from R. V. College of engineering, Bengaluru. He interned at Cypress Semiconductors for his final semester project and designed logic analyzer and waveform generator for handheld oscilloscope.

He is the co-author of an ISSCC-2017 publication and holds two patents. He was recognized as best outgoing student for higher education at ECE department R. V. C. E. in 2012 and is member of the die-to-die isolation team recognized at TI, India in 2016 for team’s outstanding contribution.

Techno Inventor – PhD Thesis

Dr. Ashis Maity

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur &
Visiting Scientist, Texas Analog Center of Excellence,
The University of Texas at Dallas,

Dr. Ashis Maity received his B.E. degree from the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication, Bengal Engineering College (now IIEST), Shibpur, India, in 2002, M.S. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in 2009 and Ph.D. degree from the Advanced Technology Development Center, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in 2016. He is currently working as a Visiting Scientist in Texas Analog Center of Excellence, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas, USA.

During 2002-2005, he was working as a Member Design Team in Alliance Semiconductor, Bangalore, India. During 2006-2008, he was working as a Research Consultant in Advanced VLSI Design Laboratory of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. During 2008-2009, he was with National Semiconductor, Tokyo, Japan, as a Senior Design Engineer.

He had published several research papers in the international journals and conferences. He was the recipient of “Best Entry in Ph.D. Forum” award in the 29th International Conference on VLSI Design and 15th International Conference on Embedded Systems in 2016. He was also co-recipient of the Winner and Runners-up awards in Cadence Design Contest-India in 2011 and 2012 respectively. His research interests include power management ICs for portable applications and low power, high performance analog ICs.

Techno Mentor Award

Dr. Deepak Gupta

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & Samtel
Center for Display Technologies, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Dr. Deepak Gupta is a Professor in the  Materials Science and  Engineering Department. His research interest lies in electronic materials & processing, flat panel displays, mathematical modelling and materials simulation.

He has completed his Ph. D. in Materials Science and Mineral Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, California, USA in 1993, M. S. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA;  1989 and  Btech in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur; 1987. He holds over 9 patents. 

TechnoVisionary - Life Time Achievement Award

Prof. Partha Pratim Chakrabarti

Professor, Dept of Computer Science and Engineering & Director,
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Partha Pratim Chakrabarti completed his BTech (1985) and PhD (1989) from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, working on Heuristic Search Theory and Algorithms, in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). He joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering as a faculty member (1988) and is currently Professor as well as Dean of Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy (SRIC) at IIT, Kharagpur. He is also the Head of Advanced Technology Development Centre.

Professor Chakrabarti graduated as a President of India Gold Medal winner and was among the first IIt CSE graduates to do a PhD in India. Subsequently in his research work, he was among the first from India to publish in the highest rated AI journals. He solved some longstanding open search problems in the areas of cyclic and/or graphs, multi-criteria optimization, logic integration and search learning. He then applied the methods developed by him in several practical applications including optimization, planning, computer vision and finally in the area of CAD for VLSI. He has used AI methods for VLSI synthesis and for reasoning about the behaviour of circuits, including formal verification, timing and power, CAD databases, etc. His work has been incorporated in industry level tools of major companies and his methods are also being used for other applications including automotive systems and web protocols. He has mentored a large number of students including 23 PhDs. He has taught a large number of courses covering the gamut of computer science, with special emphasis on algorithms, AI and CAD for VLSI design. His research work is now referred in standard text books.

Chakrabarti set up a state-of-the-art Advanced VLSI Design Laboratory at IIT Kharagpur making it an international centre. He then developed the AVLSI Consortium to include a large set of companies to support this unique initiative. Recently, he has set up the GM-IIT Kharagpur Collaborative Research Laboratory on ECS. As Dean of SRIC in IIT Kharagpur, he helped develop a large number of Advanced Laboratories in niche areas. 

Professor Chakrabarti has received a number of awards. Prominent among these are the President of India Gold Medal (1985), INSA Medal for Young Scientist (1991), Anil K Bose Memorial Medal (1995); INAE Young Engineer's Award (1997), Swarnajayanti Fellowship (1997-98) and SS Bhatnagar Prize (2000). He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, Indian National Academy of Engineering and the West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology. He received the first INAE Visweswarya Chair Professorship.

IESA Technovation Sarabhai Award

Dr. Alur Seelin Kiran Kumar

Secretary - Department of Space,
Chairman, Space Commission &
Chairman - Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

Mr Alur Seelin Kiran Kumar, Distinguished Scientist (Apex) and Director, Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, assumed the office of the Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on January 14, 2015.

Mr Kiran Kumar is a highly accomplished space scientist and engineer with a distinguished career spanning over four decades in ISRO in the satellite payload and applications domains.

He has made immense contributions to the design and development of Electro-Optical Imaging Sensors for Airborne, Low Earth Orbit and Geostationary Orbit satellites starting from Bhaskara TV payload to the Mars Orbiter Mission payloads.

Mr Kiran Kumar was instrumental in evolving the successful strategy for steering the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft towards planet Mars as well as its Mars Orbit Insertion. He has also made significant contributions for evolving the observation strategy encompassing land, ocean, atmospheric and planetary studies.

Mr Kiran Kumar is an alumnus of National College, the esteemed educational institution of Bangalore. He obtained his Physics (Honours) Degree from Bangalore University in 1971 and later obtained his Master’s degree in Electronics from the same university in 1973, and thereafter his M.Tech Degree in Physical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1975. Mr Kiran Kumar began his career in ISRO by joining Space Applications Centre (SAC) in 1975. Later, he became its Associate Director and in March 2012 took over as the Director of SAC.