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Starting up an innovative storm

21 Aug 2015 07:31am IST

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Dolcy D’Cruz

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21 Aug 2015 07:31am IST

Report by
Dolcy D’Cruz

There’s no age limit for innovation and proving this are students who combine their interests and acquired skills to go beyond their college syllabus to invent new products, websites and setups for the market. Café catches up with some of these young innovators


 

College projects are a great way to get students to think out of the box and create something innovative and interesting from what they have learnt through their course. However, some of today’s youngsters have gone a step further, combining their theoretical knowledge with current trends and personal preferences to step into the world of entrepreneurship. 

One new startup from Goa is Plugzee, a tiny device that turns any audio speaker system into a high-resolution Bluetooth speaker. Plugzee is founded by Nagarjun Kinare, a student of Padre Conceicao College of Engineering, Verna (PCCE) with the team of Valindo Godinho (lead software developer), Krishna Devate (photography and videography), Aaron Colaco (web development) and Kirit Ayya (software development). It is now a successfully crowdfunded hardware startup from India that has raised over $40,000 in funds with more than 1,400 backers on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, within a period of 2 months.

“We have had 6 iterations of our product so far. Our manufacturing unit is currently based out of China, and our first batch of production of 2,000 units is complete and ready to be shipped to our crowdfunding campaign backers who pre-ordered it. We are fulfilling our pre-orders at the moment,” informs Nagarjun.

Anadrone Universal Switch Controller System is an android application that uses Bluetooth to control specific Bluetooth enabled hardware to turn on/off switches that power up electronic devices. Designed by four students of St Xavier’s College, Mapusa – Denver Braganza, Chrisel Carvalho, Clayton Sequeira and Lance Trinidade, Anadrone currently works within a wireless range of 15 metres and can control a maximum of 16 devices. It is designed to assist the elderly and disabled in particular, and provide convenience to all.

“We plan on adding a few features with future updates. One of them is speech recognition. With this, one can control their devices with speech only; they won’t have to touch their phone. We plan on making improvements in both app and hardware so that our project can control the amount of power supplied to devices,” reveals Denver, adding, “We are working on making the user interface much more customisable to meet the preferences of the user.” The team members are currently completing their further studies but will get together soon to take Anadrone Universal Switch to the next level.

Richard Pereira, a third year student of MES College, Vasco, launched his fish sale and delivery website, fishopper.com, on his birthday. Just 15 days into the business, he has 220 satisfied customers who have ordered for fresh fish through his website. Richard is excited to enter the online business world.

“Everything is available online, so why not fish? The business is growing on word of mouth and every day we get more orders coming in. Since my grandfather and father are into the business, we have our own trawlers and the fresh catch is updated on the website. We deliver the fish and if required, we also clean it free of cost,” says Richard. He has three people working under him to deliver fish in Vasco.

These youngsters prove that with the right education, a healthy interest in current trends and an inherent curiosity, not to forget support from family and friends, not even the sky is the limit.

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