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Students presented innovative ideas at #innotakeoff

As mentioned in my overview blog about #innotakeoff, there were 3 tracks in the competition: Students, Startups and SAP Employees. In this blog I’d like to give an overview of each of the projects from the Students teams.  For the students, it was beneficial to get in touch with SAP experts and be able to translate their ideas into working prototypes using the latest gadgets and technologies.

There were 5 groups in this track with the following projects:

1. SmartCanA group from San Francisco State University created the project called SmartCan. The idea was that there will be some sensors in the trash can which will identify the trash as recyclable or landfill or liquid waste, for example,. and will separate it out accordingly. The end-user does not have to worry about the separation. The SmartCan will help society as a whole by minimizing litter, educating users, and sorting trash in an effective way.  Each persona will experience different benefits: The Environmentalist will be at ease knowing that he or she is making the right bin choice and that those around them are doing the same, The Average user will be happy knowing that they are making the right disposal choice without having to exert any additional effort, and The “Don’t Know! Don’t Care!” group will still be able to quickly dispose of their trash and will unknowingly be making the right choice for the environment


2. xProto: This idea was presented by students from Chico state university. The idea was to provide a smart shopping experience to the shoppers. This app helps shoppers better utilize their time in stores such as supermarkets and retail shops.  Shoppers will login into their online accounts and build a shopping list.  Once at the store, a sensor will send an alert to their smart phones if they are near the products on that shopping list.


3. Faint Alert: The students from Hasso Plattner Institute presented this idea. This project would help people who previously experienced fainting due to epilepsy or people suffering from cardiovascular diseases. With this idea, the person with such problems will wear some sensing device around the wrist and if he faints, then that device will sense if the person has fainted based on his position and heart rate and some other sensor data and will send an alert to friend or family member on the record and to the emergency service. This solution will avoid the delay in getting the service and will further avoid any serious damage.

4. MintPlug: The idea of this project was presented by students from Notre Dame University. The main idea was to build multi-domain globally aware intelligence platform. It will provide the stacked services such as 1. Rich data analysis for structured and unstructured data, global environment data, and data gathered from IoT devices, 2. Cognitive processing capabilities for query compilation, 3. White-Label customizable boilerplate dashboards 4. Integration with plug-n-play voice interaction devices etc.


5. Emotiv: Again students from Notre Dame University presented this idea. Today, 45% physicians suffer from being overworked leading to 22% increase in risk of error in patient care. And this will lead to projected deficit in physicians in near future. The idea of this project was to provide a management tool and wellness tracker that assists medical care managers who are dissatisfied with antiquated scheduling, toxic workplace environment, and facing a deficit in medical personnel in the near future. This tool would simplify employee management and improves workplace wellness. And thus it will decrease physician turnover, burnout and fatigue and will reduce the risk of error in patient care.

In the final round, project xShop, Emotiv and Mintplug were among the top 3 finalists. And xShop came out as a winner among these finalists. The winners were presented with the prize of $2,500 Amazon voucher by Sam Yen, Managing Director of Silicon Valley.


Thus overall it was a great learning experience for students. At the same time, audience was also thrilled to see the innovative ideas that came up from these bright minds. You can also find the projects presented by employee track here and projects presented by startups here.

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