Startup City Magazine

Texas Instruments India Celebrates 'DIY Day'; Participants Vie for the 'Chief Geek India' Title

Bangalore: The three innovator teams amongst 30 Texas Instruments (TI) India employees show their inventions towards earning the title of a ‘Chief Geek’ at the TI India DIY day. TIers come up with indigenous ‘hobby-innovations’ to demonstrate their creativity. The Do-it-yourselfers are all engineers at Texas Instruments India, who work on such projects in their spare time, proving that creativity doesn’t stop at the end of the work day. It also reflects the culture of innovation at TI. The projects involve TI parts, such as chips and sensors, or products that use TI technology.

The worldwide TI DIY program aims to recognize and encourage TI hobbyists to innovate using TI devices and technology. The “DIY with TI” program which started as a pilot worldwide in 2013, quickly gained popularity and momentum, with India hosting its first ever exclusive DIY day this year.

Speaking about the DIY Day’, Santhosh Kumar, President & Managing Director, Texas Instruments India says, “TI turns ambitious dreams into realities by creating technologies and products that improve and enhance our lives. In the same vein TI Do-it-yourself hobbyists turn to technology towards creating interesting real life solutions. It is very inspiring to see TIers participate with such enthusiasm in the DIY event showcasing their passion towards TI technology”.

On the other side, Prathap Ghorpade, John Roshan Samuel & Manoja Vinnakota collectively won the title of ‘Chief Geek India’ for their unique creation ‘Hale Car’, an innovation which obtains car running parameters and diagnostic data, making it conveniently available on the driver’s mobile. The innovation provides real-time feedback on the driving parameters and helps maintain a ‘healthy’ car.

Innovated by Manoj R & Baskar, the creative ‘Garden Care over Air’, which is an IoT based solution designed to water their plants remotely based on factors such as weather and humidity, was announced the 1st runner up. Innovation in stocking kitchen ingredients, in the form of ‘KitchenomaTIc’, a Near Field Communication (NFC) based application that allows users to maintain grocery inventory in the kitchen where Shinjan Pal, Prathap R & Pheroze Verma won the 2nd Runner Up spot.  

Towards the end, the worldwide TI DIY program has always been an excellent platform for TI hobbyists to innovate and showcase their creativity in-front of others. This has also generated the same enthusiasm and imaginativeness amongst the participants and viewers alike.

Current Issue

Featured Startups