Invent@IITGN is an intensive summer program in inventing that originated in the U.S. (the program has the U.S. trademark “Invention Factory”) and ran for the first time in India last summer at IIT Gandhinagar (IITGN). The program will run again this summer at IITGN and in future summers is expected to spread to other IIT colleges.
In six weeks (plus a few days of technical training), fifteen teams of two IIT students will each conceive of an invention, prototype it, “pitch” it, write and file a U.S. patent application for it, and finally compete for prizes for the “Best Inventions.” You and your partner will work on an invention that you choose, subject only to the approval of the professors as well as safety and budgetary constraints.
If you are chosen for this program (acceptance is competitive!), you will spend almost seven weeks at IITGN. The program will begin on May 16, 2019, with a mandatory orientation in which you learn (or for some of you, review) basic prototyping skills -- 3D printing, laser cutting, use of simple tools. The program proper runs during the six weeks from May 20, 2019 to June 28, 2019. The founders of the program in the U.S, Cooper Union Professors Alan Wolf and Eric Lima, will be working directly with IIT students for the first four weeks of the program, alongside IIT Professors Vineet Vashista and Nithin George. Professors Vashista and George will remain with the students for the last two weeks of the program after Profs. Wolf and Lima return to the U.S.
The 30 students in Invent@IITGN will be selected from all IITs. Lodging with shared hostel room facilities and all meals will be provided for the entire duration of the program. Each team will have a budget of up to Rs. 50,000 for materials. You will have access to laser cutters, 3D printers, machine shops and machinists.
Your presence will be required each day at IITGN, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm – but this is the bare minimum. We expect that many of you will work late into the night, especially towards the end of the program. Breakfast, tiffin and dinner will be at IITGN’s mess hall, but box lunch will be served at the program work site. Unlimited chai and coffee will be provided.
By the end of the program, each of the fifteen teams will have filed a provisional patent application for their invention with both the Indian and the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. Professors Wolf and Lima will teach the rudiments of patent law and patent searches and will oversee the crafting and filing of provisional patent applications. As part of the program, each team will also craft a short video, demonstrating and explaining their invention. These videos will be posted on the U.S. program main website and elsewhere. Students will find these videos invaluable for securing internships and employment.
You will compete for a first prize of Rs. 2 lakhs and a second prize of Rs. 1 lakh for the teams creating the “Best Invention” and “Second Best Invention.” Judging will be based upon several factors, including: how well your invention meets a need, your prototype, your “pitch” to the Judges and your provisional patent application.
All participants who successfully complete the program will receive a Rs. 10,000 stipend with a certificate of participation.
The Cooper Union Invention Factory site (InventionFactory.org) shows videos of many of the inventions created by program students at Cooper Union, Syracuse University and IITGN.