Pune lad wins USD 1 Lakh at a global IoT Innovation Challenge

Anand Lalwani
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Pune, October 15, 2019: A Pune-based youngster, Anand Lalwani (23) who’s pursuing his Ph. D at Stanford University in California has won a total of USD 100,000 for designing an immersible Internet-of-Things (IoT) Sensors for Cloud-based Water Quality Monitoring in a world-wide competition called Keysight IoT Innovation Challenge held in the U.S. recently.

The Keysight IoT Innovation Challenge held by Keysight Technologies, Inc is a design competition challenging graduate and undergraduate engineering student teams to conceptualize low-power sensor networks to tackle issues brought on by today’s rapid urbanization.

This year the competition attracted over 8000 registrants and nearly 300 entries from around the world with universities from U.S., France, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand and India participating in the competition. The contest had two tracks: The Smart Land challenge and the Smart Water challenge and the student teams had to choose diverse IoT problems and had to build their prototypes, collecting data in real environments, and analyzing their results.

Accordingly, all the teams had to submit IoT sensor network ideas via online and video submissions from April 1 to May 15, 2019. The students were later flown to New York City to present their IoT innovations to a panel of judges where Anand Lalwani, along with another team member, Max Holiday from Stanford reached the final round and won the prize for their innovation. This IOT solution will serve as a good resolve for water pollution.

Speaking about the challenge, Anand Lalwani said, “Keysight and this competition helped shape my graduate research work and pushed us extensively in the world of IoT. Keysight has been incredibly supportive of cutting-edge research and promoting innovation across countries.”

Lalwani had also won plaudits for contributing in creating a satellite named EQUiSat, which was successfully launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 2018.