First Global Competition for Hardware Startups Seeks Indian Engineers and Innovators

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Deadline for ASME’s Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) is 15 March,
Final Presentation Set for 27 April in Bangalore
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the world’s largest organization for the field of mechanical engineering, today announced a call for entries from India to the 2017 ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW). Ten selected finalists will compete before an esteemed panel of judges in Bangalore on 27 April for a share of $500,000 in cash and in-kind services.
ASME’s ISHOW is seeking sustainable and scalable hardware-based solutions and technologies that can have a transformational economic, environmental and social impact around the world. The global competition invites the best and brightest engineers, entrepreneurs, students, and innovators to enter their prototype solutions that focus on energy, health, agriculture, clean water, and sanitation.
“ASME launched the ISHOW because research shows the lack of support for hardware innovators seeking entry into global markets,” said K. Keith Roe, president of ASME. “The products in the competition all demonstrate the potential for making a social and environmental impact, while showcasing the creativity and ingenuity of tomorrow’s engineering problem-solvers and business leaders.”
Now in its third year, ASME’s ISHOW is the only global competition with a focus on hardware-led social innovation. The competitions will be held this spring in Bangalore, Nairobi, and Washington D.C., where finalists in all three locations will share a total of $500,000 in cash and in-kind services through ISHOW’s partnership network, including a cash prize of $10,000-$50,000 to each of the nine winners, based on individual need for scaling their respective hardware solution. The ISHOW is made possible in India through a partnership with Villgro, which funds and supports early-stage for-profit enterprises that have an impact on the lives of India’s poor.
Designers of prototype energy systems, medical devices, environmental remediation systems, and other technologies that offer promise for addressing these pressing challenges, are invited to enter one of three ISHOW competitions in Bangalore, India; Nairobi, Kenya, and Washington, D.C.  The deadline for entries is 15 March, 2017.
For more information on the application process or to explore past finalists and winners, please visit: ThisIsHardware.org.
Previous winners include:
  • mDOC by Neurosynaptic Communications (India), a mobile diagnostic platform allowing health workers to be mobile and provide healthcare at the patients’ doorstep in rural areas.
  • GreenCHILL (India), a compressor-less & off-grid refrigeration system that uses biomass for cooling, allowing agriculture communities to preserve produce, reduce food waste, and increase farm revenue.
  • PayGo (USA), a smart meter technology (SMT) that couples to any LPG cylinder, enabling micro-asset financing and pay-as-you-go functionality.
In the competitions, ten contestants will pitch their product prototypes to judges, including leaders who are successful entrepreneurs and founders of venture-funded startup companies.  The pitches will outline the engineering design of the prototypes and also include a discussion of plans for manufacturing, implementation, marketing, and financing.
About ASME:
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges.  Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society.  ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.  For more information, visit www.asme.org.
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