Participants share innovative ideas at BIRAC Hackathon and BIG Conclave

Held on 13-17 June 2016 in Bangalore, both the BIRAC Hackathon and the second BIRAC BIG Conclave proved to be a great success in terms of fruitful interactions

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New Delhi: The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) along with its partners, C-CAMP and IKP Knowledge Park, conducted a Hackathon and BIG Conclave at Bangalore. The Hackathon, aimed at ideating and hacking the innovative solutions for – Improved Point of Care Device for screening, detecting, monitoring for Non-Communicable Diseases and Assistive Devices, was conducted at IKP Eden from 13-15 June 2016.

Around 16 applicants applied for the Hackathon and 10 were shortlisted to participate in the Hackathon. Over the period of three days, around 40 participants from 10 teams were exposed to areas of technology entrepreneurship, intellectual property and regulatory and certifications landscape related to innovations in diagnostics and devices.

A pool of mentors of diversified portfolios including experts in diagnostics and instrumentation, tech entrepreneurs including BIRAC grantees, academic entrepreneurs and patent attorneys hand hold the participants throughout the Hackathon and helped them in evolving their ideas to prototypes. IKP Eden’s facilities in engineering tools, including 3D printing aided the participants to try their hands at the machines and build a working prototype for evaluation.

On the concluding day, the teams presented their hacks and the business model to an eminent panel of Jury. 4 Teams were then adjudged as: one Winner, one 1st Runner Up and two 2nd Runner Ups, and were felicitated at the 2nd BIG Conclave held at C-CAMP, from 16-17 June 2016.

Best Hacks were awarded at the 2nd BIG Conclave
2nd BIG Conclave organized at C-CAMP witnessed the confluence of experts from Industry, Academia, Law firms and BIRAC BIG Grantees. The conclave was a platform for the BIG Grantees to showcase their journey as an innovator and entrepreneur reflecting the aspects of starting small, scaling up, USPs of the technology, business models, investment pitch, scouting for and building the team, patenting and licensing strategies, regulatory challenges, and incubation and mentoring.

Two Start-ups – C-CAMP-QB3 India immersion Award Winners – from University of California, US, also presented their work at the Conclave. Entrepreneurs and experts shared their experiences of and knowledge about the innovation ecosystem in the country, which benefitted the audiences immensely.

Around 200 participants leveraged the Conclave to make and expand their networks for collaborative opportunities. 35 Posters were showcased during the event and Best Posters were awarded in the concluding session. The two day event concluded with the Valedictory ceremony for the BIG Grantees from the 3rd Call of BIG.