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Electronic Health Pill Innovation for Cardiac Care Wins ‘Accenture Innovation Challenge’ 2018

Accenture has announced the winners of the Accenture Innovation Challenge 2018, a competition in India that aims to inspire students to apply their technology talent and creativity to develop innovative ideas that can create social and business impact.

The competition, which opened in August, received more than 13,000 entries from over 31,000 students. The Grand Finale of this year’s Accenture Innovation Challenge was won by Team AAYUSH for their healthcare solution a cost-effective ingestible battery-less electronic health pill to predict and prevent heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrests.

The grand prize was awarded to the team from Sir M. Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Bengaluru for ‘Aayush’, a cost-effective ingestible battery-less electronic health pill to predict and prevent heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrests. ‘Aayush’ records metrics such as PH level, body temperature, heart rate and myeloperoxidase protein content of a person using bio-medical sensors from the body and transmits data to a mobile app via a wearable smart patch. The solution features a built-in artificial intelligence-enabled virtual assistant, which monitors data for abnormal variations in the parameters, and analyzes and predicts a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest 9 – 11 minutes prior to it taking place. In cases of an emergency, the solution uses GPS location to alert the nearest hospital and the person’s family or caretaker group about the need for immediate medical care.

Rest of the award in different categories are :

  • ‘Innovate for Businesses’ category award: Won by the team from IIT-Madras, for their solution ‘Microwave Pyrolysis’, which can convert waste into energy through microwave pyrolysis
  •  ‘Innovate for the Society’ category award: Won by the team from Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, for developing ‘EyeSee’, a solution which features a virtual reality (VR) app and headset to simulate the commonly used Humphrey field analyzer tool to carry out glaucoma detection tests.

.Jury’s Choice award: The jury named two teams as winners of this category:

    • ‘MusicManiac’, developed by students from IIT-Kharagpur is a system that automatically chooses chords to accompany a vocal melody using melody extraction and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) files.
    •  ‘Virtual Exposure Therapy’ (VET), is a solution jointly developed by students from Manav Rachna International Institute for Research and Studies, Faridabad and Delhi Technological University, New Delhi. VET is a solution that aims to treat people with phobias and post-traumatic disorders in a virtual reality environment, by recreating trauma relevant scenarios, providing analysis and monitoring improvement of the patient’s psychological condition.
  • Employees’ Choice award:  This award was won by the team from IIT-Madras, for developing ‘Artemis’, a robot that can detect and analyze cracks in railway tracks using ultrasound technology and IoT. Some key features of this fully automated method include storing the location of cracks, sending alerts on identified cracks to mobile phones, detecting loose fish plates and surveying for anomalies on tracks. The solution aims to address the problem of train derailments in India, which cause massive loss of life and property every year.

Mohan Sekhar, Senior MD and Lead for Accenture Advanced Technology Centres in India, said, “Programmes such as AIC can help students transition to the technology industry seamlessly as it gives a spark to their innovation potential. We strongly encourage students to take advantage of the technology disruption happening around us and become innovators of the future.”

For the 2018 edition of AIC, students had to submit innovation ideas across two themes  –

  • Innovate for business – innovation using advanced analytics, automation, artificial intelligence, big data, block chain, crowdsourcing, digital ethics, cybersecurity and Internet of Things – to enable value and growth for businesses.
  • Innovate for the society – this category involves students to leverage technology to solve problems in healthcare, safety and security, citizen identity, education, transportation and lifestyle.

“The ideas are brilliant and the innovations are something that I have never heard before. Many of them are tech-intensive but, we are looking for scalability and implementation in the real world, what  the cost would be and how do we take it to the market. The ideas are better than expected and team Accenture has done a brilliant job in shortlisting the finalists,” said jury member Hari.

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