Qualcomm India has announced the winners from Cycle I of its ‘Qualcomm Design in India Challenge II’ (QDIC II). The winners included Tagbox Solutions Private Limited and Steradian Semiconductors Private Limited for their concepts. Qualcomm made the announcement at the ongoing India Mobile Congress 2017 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.
The two winners were selected from a list of eight companies that Qualcomm shortlisted and incubated with the initial prize money of $ 10,000 each. The company also provided engineering support at its Innovation Labs in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. The incubation period was designed to ensure that there eight companies could turn their ideas from mere imagination to working prototypes in the final round.
Tagbox Solutions Private Limited created a prototype of an ultra-low power wireless platform that is aimed at improving the effectiveness of Cold Storage and logistics. The platform monitors important parameters such as temperature, gas, relative humidity, door activity and energy. Steradian Semiconductors Private Limited created a prototype of a high-resolution 4D radar which will work as an all-weather vision for Autonomous drones and vehicles.
Alex Rogers, Executive Vice President and President of Qualcomm Technology Licensing added, “Since its beginning, Qualcomm’s strength has been constant innovation. Qualcomm Design in India Challenge provides a platform for cutting-edge technology entrepreneurs to showcase their talent and creative ideas. Qualcomm takes immense pleasure in announcing the two winners, who have created innovative solutions that address the needs and challenges of today. We look forward to offering our continued support to these winners, and the Government’s “Design in India” objective in helping innovative start-ups take their ideas from concept to market.”
Qualcomm also announced six finalists for the second cycle of QDIC II. The list included Ayasta Technologies Private Limited, Sensara Technologies India Private Limited, Gaia Smart Cities Solutions Private Limited, Intuvision Labs Private Limited, Lightmetrics Technologies Pvt. Ltd, and iClimb Systems India Pvt. Ltd. The company will incubate these six companies in its Innovation Labs and final two winners will receive $ 75,000 at the end of incubation period in January 2018.