Samsung India recognizes IIT Hyderabad’s young guns for their innovations in IoT


Samsung India recognized the invocations done by the students of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad at their 8th edition of the Samsung Innovation Awards 2018. South Korean multinational conglomerate, Samsung India held its 8th edition of the Samsung Innovation Awards 2018 at IIT Hyderabad in association with its Entrepreneurship Cell.

Students from IIT-Hyderabad were invited to submit their innovative ideas in IoT and related technology areas.

The first prize went to Kannan Chandrasekaran for his self-learning bot that can read through and understand data in an extremely short time and provide responses for questions asked about that data in any form or language, making it easy for users to find information in an easy manner. While V.Sushmitha, Anand Kadu and Dr. Sushmee Badhulika bagged second prize for developing a low cost platform for personal healthcare.

The idea of using a smartphone-based method to study cells for early detection of oral cancers bagged the third prize. G. Hanu Phani Ram, Praveen Kumar Poola and Prasanth Panta were the brains behind this innovation.

These winners received prizes whooping amount of Rs1.5 lakh, Rs 1.2 lakh and Rs 80,000 respectively, while the other four finalists received awards of merit from Samsung.

Speaking on the development, Dr. Aloknath De, Senior Vice President, Samsung R&D Institute, India – Bangalore said, “Bright young minds of the country need to choose impactful problems, think of innovative solutions and pursue step-by-step implementation. This year too, students of IIT-Hyderabad have submitted powerful ideas that made shortlisting winners a difficult yet delightful challenge. Samsung has been supporting deep-tech innovation over the years and we believe such opportunities alongside joint courses and emerging technology labs at top institutions will help take our vision forward.”

Selection Process

The Award ceremony was a initiated seven months ago with the aim to recognize and reward innovations that have the potential to revolutionize everyday living. In order to shortlist the winners, professors from IIT Hyderabad and researchers from SRI-B selected seven finalists. The winning projects were selected based on the degree of implementation of the proposal, prototype implementation, final product realization, business/market impact and the demo.

“Established in the year 2008, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) has taken huge strides in research and education. Invention and innovation has been the governing vision for IIT-H. Over the past 3 years, IIT-H has an active collaboration with Samsung India on various academic activities, including jointly offered courses and hands on labs,” said Professor Antony Franklin, Faculty Member at IIT-Hyderabad.


Samsung Innovation Awards, which was conceptualized in 2011, seeks to support and encourage young talent who showcase an innovative approach, improvise different systems and processes and develop indigenous products, services and sustainable solutions that can benefit society. The last edition in 2017, held at IIT-Kanpur, had also witnessed great interest from students.

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