NXP is always looking for the next generation of great ideas, innovators and inventors and what better place to start than right at home? For Sanjay Gupta, Vice President and India Country Manager, the kids of NXP India employees, (“our tiny scientists”) are real engines of creativity. In Season Two of the Young Innovator Design Challenge (YIDC), Sanjay and his team set out to ignite the spark of passion for embedded electronics and semiconductor-driven innovations. The challenge "Let’s Fight COVID-19 together” was accepted by 100 participants.
The five-month marathon contest kicked off in June 2020, with children from Noida, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad representing every site in NXP India. Armed with NXP micro:bit kits and supported by NXP technical mentors, the children (aged 9 to 16 from classes 4 to 12) came up with unique, innovative ideas and product demos on how to fight the pandemic and help society at large. After several rounds of judging, 13 children were shortlisted for the
Facing the Jury
The children presented live demos of their innovative solutions in front of the camera for jury evaluation. The Grand Finale brought the 13 finalists and the jury together virtually for an electrifying finish. The jury, comprising judges from Indian industry and academia, also featured NXP’s Chief Technology Officer Lars Reger. The devoted and enthusiastic members of the YIDC organizing team were delighted to see the exuberant response of the presenting kids and their parents.
All the children made excellent presentations and live demos, as well as handling an interactive Q&A session with the judges. The final evaluation criteria included overall confidence about the idea, novelty, market
relevance, demonstration, time management and impactful communication. Prototypes included a robotic UV light box and disinfection chamber, a robot that monitors body vitals and an automated bag-valve based ventilator, robotic touch arm, even a touchless doorbell.
“I am extremely impressed by the quality and level of innovation and hard work that went into these entries,” Lars told the young inventors. “There is clearly a lot of creativity here and understanding of the social and technical issues involved. Everyone should be extremely proud of their achievements.” When the judges had all shared their messages of inspiration and motivation, it was decision time.
From 100 to 8
The eager contestants were then evaluated, and finally, eight children emerged victorious in various categories. Everyone, judges, parents and mentors alike, were mesmerized by the confidence of the children presenting their live demonstrations and innovative designs around the COVID-19 solutions. It was a
remarkable finish to an amazing journey.
The We Are NXP program embodies the people, spirit and values of NXP, which is committed to advancing the world by making it safer and more connected. We pursue our ambitions through technological innovations designed to enhance the quality of life of our employees, our communities and the world at large, all the while ensuring sustainability and minimizing our impact on the environment. Read more here.