Bengaluru: NASSCOM Foundation, that works with the technology industry, has announced its successful completion of the first year of ‘Cisco thingQbator’ initiative at the felicitation ceremony held in Bengaluru.
The Cisco thingQbator innovation spaces were set-up at Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala (IIITMK) – Trivandrum, IIT-BHU-Varanasi, Amrita University-Coimbatore, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women- Delhi and Trident Academy of Technology-Bhubaneswar.
Over the last 12 months, more than 600 student teams combined innovation and rapid prototyping with access to ‘Cisco thingQbator’ labs, world-class mentorship and industry connect through NASSCOM. They have been practising on high-end tools like 3D printers, LoRa gateways, cloud infrastructure, AI optimized development kits like Jetson Nano to enable technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Apart from designing digital products, the students were encouraged to conceive digital solutions to local community problems. TrashCash, DOST and Bend were some of the innovations created by the students that got felicitated at the ceremony.
“We created this initiative to curate a community of technology enthusiasts, who will build digital solutions and solve some of the societal and business challenges we face. We are proud to partner with the NASSCOM Foundation to provide digital and entrepreneurial mentorship and bring the students’ ideas to fruition”, said VC Gopalratnam, SVP-IT and CIO – International, Cisco.
Project Defy and Li2 Technologies implemented the program. As implementation partners, Project Defy and Li2 managed the thingQbators’ on-ground engagement through regular events and workshops. Li2 also created a portal for self-paced learning.
Cisco and NASSCOM Foundation will also be setting up a sixth thingQbator at Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT), Allahabad.