• TechTop 2017

    19 June - 15 July 2017 to be held at IIT Delhi

  • 8 - 15 July 2017 Venue: IIT Delhi
    a live 'n learn centre for innovation and entrepreneurship

  •                                                        June 19 – July 15 Venue: IIT Delhi
    Month-long hands-on live-in learning experience on innovation, fabrication and entrepreneurship’.

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TechTop is Innovating Challenging Mentoring Promoting outstanding engineering talent

TechTop Innovation Challenge and Summit is India’s prime technological event that celebrates the outstanding contributions of young innovators in the country. After eleven years of successfully organising the Annual TechTop Innovation Challenge, we can proudly claim that India is now a hotbed for technological innovations. In just a few years, we have witnessed over 30 startups from our past winners and participants. Now, the Annual Innovation Challenge has been converted to a month-long Innovation Summit to bring the global innovation community to India to share their experiences, and to innovate solutions jointly with India’s young engineers.

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Established in 2005 with the goal of identifying, promoting and celebrating young innovators from rural and urban India, the TechTop Charitable Trust has been organising a national annual TechTop Innovation Challenge since 2006. Over the past eleven years, the contests have attracted around 16,000 engineering students from across India to come forward and put forth their innovative ideas on products and services that would help solve the real problems faced by the community. Every year, outstanding entries go through a three-stage selection process; they are invited to present the outcome of their months- long efforts before a panel of judges, and to unveil their working prototypes before the media and the public. Inspired by the appreciation they receive, more than 30 startups have sprung up from the laps of our student community. There was even a “Forbes 30 under 30” out of the TechTop programme. It is also a fact that several of the successful innovators did not continue along the road to entrepreneurship; instead they have opted for higher studies or entered well- paid jobs, probably in more comfortable work environments.

The TechTop team believes that innovators need not necessarily be ‘born’, they can be ‘made’. We believe that it is possible for us to polish the as-yet-undiscovered pool of innovative talents. Therefore, a week-long ‘Innovation Workshop’ has thus been arranged prior to the TechTop event at the same venue since 2014; interested contestants were also encouraged to attend these. The course covered Digital Fabrication, Design Thinking, Product Design and Fabrication. The results of these workshops were so encouraging that a month- long boot-camp called ‘MIT - Make in India’ emerged under the TechTop (TT) banner in 2015. It brought students from all over India, and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to work together to find technological solutions to social issues.

Believing that it is better to catch them young, the team also introduced a ‘Junior TechTop’ contest for school children during the 2015 & 2016 TT events. A public contest to stir the enthusiasm for those who do not fall within TT’s original framework was also organised.

TT contestants do not have to pay registration fees or any other fees to attend this event. Those who nurture an idea were advised to form groups of 4 (generally), picking similar-minded persons from different specialisations, semesters or institutions, and preferably guided by a faculty member of any discipline. The participants were also assisted with free accommodation, food and travel money for attending the final event from wherever they were coming.

Our Trustees

Rajesh Nair Chairman Rajesh Nair is a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, developing methods to catalyse innovators Facebook Twitter Linkedin
Prof. V.K. Damodaran Trustee V.K. Damodaran, with 55 years of professional experience, almost equally divided into teaching, industry & techno-managerial positions Facebook Twitter Linkedin
Radhakrishnan Nair Trustee Radhakrishnan Nair was the CEO of Technopark, Trivandrum for over two years, and is concurrently CEO, Infopark Kochi Facebook Twitter Linkedin
Moossa C. Kandy Trustee Moossa C. Kandy has been the Operational Trustee and Chief Coordinator of the TechTop Charitable Trust since its inception in 2006 Facebook Twitter Linkedin
N.T. Nair Trustee N.T. Nair was the Chair of the Institution of Engineers (India), Kerala State Centre, Computer Society of India Trivandrum Chapter, and IEEE Facebook Twitter Linkedin

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