Meet the Winners of the IGNITE 2010 Contest


The IGNITE 2010 contest saw the participation of students from 161 districts across India. 2,139 entries were received in categories ranging from energy and environment to transport, general household utility items and more. Dr A P J Abdul Kalam awarded the winners on October 15. And the winners were…



First Prize Winner:
Aditya Parasharm, Class 7, Tagore Vidya Mandir, Madhya Pradesh

IDEA: A vibrator-based overtake alarm, which uses a microphone in the side view mirror of a car. This microphone picks up the frequency of a horn from the vehicle following the car. The microphone gets activated when the window glasses are up and sends a signal to a vibratory pad on the steering wheel, which alerts the driver about the vehicle on its tail.


Second Prize Winner:
Archana Konwar, Class 8, Butacore High School, Assam

IDEA: A crutch with shock absorbers, a bell and a light. The idea is to have a crutch with shock absorbers for the comfort of the user and also a bell to alert other commuters. The light can be used during the night.


Third Prize Winner (Shared Between Two Innovations):
T Chris Ananth, Class 1, Bell Matric Higher Secondary School, Tamil Nadu

IDEA: A mini vacuum cleaner in a shoe. Young Ananth's idea was to have a vacuum cleaner-like device in a shoe that can suck in dust when a person walks. The base of the shoe would also have a small dust bag in which this dust may be collected. 

Riya Kothari, Nimran Kang, Kaamya Sharma and Mehr S Mehta, Class 6, Vasant Valley School, New Delhi

IDEA: A Cycl-O-Cleaner, which is a bicycle with two brooms attached to the back wheel. The brooms rotate as one pedals and the brushes sweep away the dust, making the driving path clean. The cycle may optionally include an extra dustbin attached to the front to collect large scraps and pieces of garbage.



First Prize Winner:
Divyam Gupta, Class 8, Delhi Public High School, Uttar Pradesh

IDEA: A system to prevent people from using mobile phones while driving. Divyam suggests placing touch sensors on the gear lever and the steering wheel. This means that both the hands need to be either on the steering wheel or on the steering wheel and the gear lever. If the driver's hand is not on the steering wheel or gear lever for more than a few designated seconds, the system will infer that either he or she is using a mobile phone or not handling the steering wheel carefully. Based on this, the system will go into a pre-programmed reaction mode, slowing down the vehicle and bringing it to a halt.


Second Prize Winner:
Kaushik Baruah, Class 9, Vivekanand Kendra Vidyalaya, Assam

IDEA: A process of peeling or piercing muga cocoons to obtain continuous silk filaments. The process developed by Kaushik would help obtain continuous silk filaments from the cut or pierced muga cocoons. Traditionally, the cut or pierced cocoons are used to make gicha yarn in the villages. Using this process, only 50% of the silk from these cocoons can be recovered and the rest can be used to make the gicha yarn.


Third Prize Winner: 
Vishan Popat, Class 10, Navrachna School, Gujarat

IDEA: A peel groove knife for pineapples. Pineapple peeling is a very tedious and cumbersome job. This device would make the process easier.



First Prize Winner (Shared Between Two Innovations):
Masha Nazeem, Class 12, Vidya Vikas Girls Higher Secondary School, Tamil Nadu

IDEA: A mechanical porter that would help women, the aged and children to lift and move heavy objects from one place to another. This transportable device has a wooden base that can be raised through a jack-like mechanism to lift heavy objects. This device can be operated by hand or foot.


Ashok Asrani, Class 12, Shubham Senior Secondary School, Rajasthan

IDEA: A multiple physiotherapy device that helps accident victims in rehabilitation. This device would also be useful for people with limb disorders. Some of Ashok’s machines have already been installed in physiotherapy centres where the feedback has been very positive.


Second Prize Winner:
Parth Vaidya, Class 12, Vidya Vijay Bal Mandir, Madhya Pradesh

IDEA: To control domestic and industrial waste water management in urban areas by creating a system that would process waste water so that it can be used for different purposes like irrigation, construction, washing or producing manure. Indore Municipal Corporation has in-principle agreed to install the system in new residential colonies. GlaxoSmithKline has also implemented the same in its premises.


Third Prize Winner:
Hetal Vaishnav, Class 12, Late Shri S G Dholakia Memorial High School, Gujarat

IDEA: Creation of a recycled composite material in the form of a multilayer plastic film. By appropriate heat treatment on plastic packaging waste, Hetal has converted plastic waste into a composite plastic material. This material can further be used to make various articles and sheets with the help of extrusion, injection or compression moulding. Hetal got this material tested at different laboratories and has also filed a patent for the same.