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Result Published!


After multiple rounds of screening process, following fifteen ideas has been shortlisted from 186 ideas received for the competition. Further process will be intimated to the shortlisted teams in due course. Appreciate all the teams for their participation.

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Assistive Technology for the Elderly segment

Growing old is an unavoidable occurrence of everyone’s life. In today’s world, with rising life expectancy and declining fertility rates, there is a major rise in the ageing population. Nearly every country in the world is expected to experience a substantial increase in the proportion of the population aged 60 years or over between 2017 and 2050. By 2050, there will be 2 billion elderly people living on the planet, making up about 20% of the population. As known, the ageing of population has some major social, economic and health consequences. The prevalence of living alone has substantially increased over the years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 11 million, or 28% of people aged 65 and older, lived alone at the time of the census. Even though living alone does not lead to social isolation, it could be a contributing factor. As a result of living alone, they may experience feelings of loneliness and health consequences like blood pressure, depression, dementia, risks of physical injury due to falls etc. Old age homes, nursing homes and palliative care centres are also on a rise nowadays. But, for some, it is extremely difficult to leave the comfort of their homes and settle at such centres.

A 2011 study of 2,072 nursing home residents in Helsinki, Finland, showed that 9% of nursing home residents suffered from chronic loneliness. Some countries have revised policies and initiatives that aim at the well-being of the elderly population. For example, Singapore has increased the re-employment age to 67. Norway has created many opportunities available to the people to contribute to the society as well as introduced pension reforms. Even the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development ensures that the SDG are met for all segments of society, at all ages, with a focus on the most vulnerable—including older persons. However, with the advent of technology, the care given to these people should not be limited just old age homes, retirement age revisions or pension reforms. Technology has been growing immensely in the healthcare domain and supportive assistive segments in a very large scale. We are trying to do research around how the elderly population can be made independent in their own homes with constant monitoring and tracking of their daily activities.

PROBLEM STATEMENT : The participating team should come up with implementable solutions that will support the elderly segment. The team would need to understand the various aspects of this population and devise solutions that would improve their quality of living as well ensure that proper monitoring is always done to ensure that round the clock services are made available. The proposed solutions can assist the elderly segment broadly in one of the following ways:

  1. Providing assurance that the elder is safe and is performing necessary daily activities, and, if not, alerting the assigned point of contact.
  2. Helping the elder compensate for her impairment, assisting in the performance of daily activities.
  3. Constantly assessing the elder’s cognitive status


24 FEB 2020


  1. Each participating team should be formed from the same college. The team should consist of minimum of 2 students and maximum of 5 students plus a mentor. The mentor should be a faculty of the same college. The team can have students from different branches of the same college.
  2. There is no limit to the number of teams participating from an individual college.
  3. The contest is not restricted to any disciplines. Solutions are welcome from inter-disciplinary streams. Some sample ideas are as given below:
    1. Mobile applications for setting various kinds of reminders.
    2. Sensors to track their body motions and movements.
    3. Reimagined home to make them more comfortable and refreshing.
    4. Modified support structures like wheelchairs etc.
    5. Bio-inspired engagement with the elderly.
    6. Designing automobile seats for accommodating the elderly people with physical limitations.
    7. Innovative instrumentation devices for the adults.
    8. Products that may help in easing allergy, rashes and other immunity related factors due to the sensitivity of the body.
    9. Methods to provide soft, nutritional and healthy food for people with masticatory/swallowing dysfunctions and/or needing special nutrition.
    10. Wearable devices for constant health monitoring.
    11. Detection of changes in activity and behaviour patterns for early detection of health issues.
    12. Robots providing personalized and comprehensive care.
    13. Methods to eliminate/minimize hazards in living environment.
  4. Evaluation is based on the uniqueness, easiness in implementation, impact that could be created, market value and ease of deployment. At every screening, the decision of the jury will be final.
  5. Ideas must be original. Solutions that are already available in the market or have reached maturity level must not be submitted. The ownership of the ideas submitted would reside with the team who has submitted the idea.
  6. All the submissions will undergo multiple screening processes. 15 ideas will be short listed after the first round, of which the top 3 will be selected.



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