Make Internet of Things [IoT] real with Analog Devices Anveshan IoT Fellowship

Anveshan-2016---BannerIf you have an idea in the rapidly growing and evolving Internet of Things (IoT) space that would transform tomorrow, Join Analog Devices’ Anveshan 2016. Anveshan will help give shape to your idea and make it a reality!

Anveshan 2016 invites proposals from Engineering University Students, Tech Startups, Makers, Hobbyists and would-be-entrepreneurs on the focused vertical Areas (but not limited to) of IoT

  • Smart City
  • Industrial IoT
  • Healthcare (including Consumer wearables)
  • Agriculture

Besides gaining an experience of your lifetime, stand a chance to win cash prizes as well!

Selected projects and teams will be funded and guided by experts from Analog Devices for approximately 9 months to realize your dream IoT project.

  • Student teams could have this as final year project. They should have a faculty advisor as mentor besides having an assigned mentor from Analog Devices.
  • Student and Professional (startups, makers, hobbyists, alumni and others) projects would be evaluated and assessed separately


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Last date for Registration: 15th May 2016

Last date for Proposal Submission: 31st May 2016

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Encourage all Participating teams to read this Pulse post before applying for Anveshan IoT Design Fellowship

The History of Anveshan

Analog Devices initiated Anveshan Design Fellowship as a biennial system design fellowship in 2010 focused on enhancing System Design knowledge among university students. We saw a perceptible gap in theory versus practical knowledge among graduating students. As compared to a design contests where participating teams run on their own, Anveshan focused on mentoring, pairing up the student teams with a faculty advisor and a mentor from the industry. The chosen finalists were asked to design a system of their choosing, for an extended period of time, for up to 9 months. Architecture reviews, design reviews, interim milestones, regular meetings with mentors and presentations ensured that the participating teams got a feel of how real system designs was done in the industry. The participating teams also presented to industry leaders and visiting Analog Devices executives including the CTO. Most teams participating in Anveshan also took the Anveshan project up as their final year project with permission from their university.

This unique fellowship approach went extremely well and was lauded by both university faculty and participating teams. In 2012, we scaled up the student design fellowship to 100 universities, followed by outreach to over 300 engineering colleges and universities with over 120 teams participating in 2014. For the projects that won top awards at Anveshan 2014, please check out the link at

Anveshan 2016 is focused on IoT and open to both Students and Professionals

Moving forward, Anveshan 2016-17 is focused on Internet of Things (IoT) space. This rapidly growing and evolving Internet of Things (IoT) space, is the convergence of multi-disciplinary facets of engineering such as hardware, IT, big data analytics, as well as cloud and connectivity, bringing a new era of connected devices ushering in new and innovative business models. IoT is an engineer’s dream, involving a multi-faceted solution involving multiple disciplines, either using existing technology or new technology innovations to build a solution solving a business need.

Indian ecosystem meantime is maturing fast with a number of new-age IoT and data analytics startups, with a strong engineering talent for IoT, and an emerging maker community. India’s government has taken aggressive steps on big goals of Digital India, smart cities, productive and inclusive healthcare, agriculture productivity and smart factories for Make in India.

Anveshan IoT Fellowship provides a platform to ideate, create, test, and experiment with IoT technologies, products and solutions. We decided to expand Anveshan for the first time beyond the engineering student community to encompass the entire innovation ecosystem. This includes IoT startups, makers, hobbyists and others under the broad umbrella of Professionals. The two groups- Students and Professionals are eligible to participate in Anveshan but will be judged separately, ultimately winning attractive cash awards besides the projects being funded and guided by Analog Devices.

Who Owns the IP? What are the benefits of participating in Anveshan?

If you have an idea on the evolving Internet of Things (IoT) space that would transform tomorrow, join AnveshanIoT Fellowship. Anveshan will help give shape to your idea and make it a reality. It is a platform to Ideate, Create, Test and Experiment with IoT products, services, technology, algorithms, hardware or software, product or a service. Analog Devices will fund and guide this effort for the finalist teams.

The Intellectual Property (IP) the participating teams brings, innovates or develops will solely be with the participating teams which is unlike any other similar competitions where the IP transfers over to the organizing company. Analog Devices will be funding and guiding this effort to bring your ideas to a ready prototype stage.

As the teams develop the solutions, Analog Devices would help initiate dialog with external experts, potential partners and customers for the solution. We will facilitate a pilot to fine tune the solution as and when required. Based on the quality and the progress made, finalist teams would be showcased to potential customers, investors, industry experts, industry bodies, media, incubators & accelerators to get the help from the relevant partners, investors to take the IoT solution forward.

How is Anveshan different?

We have had several design contests, Hackathons and Makathons in the past and present, with majority of them focused on IoT. But, unlike a Hackathon or Makeathon, which are short-term proof of concept prototypes to learn, Anveshan is run differently as participating teams are encouraged to go much deeper and develop an idea through a focused effort, test and refine the concept for a much longer timeframe of up to nine months. We believe a well thought out project requires time, effort, nurturing, feedback from potential customers and fine tuning to make this a close reality. With Anveshan you go that extra mile, to make this as close to reality as possible and do not stop at just a learning project.

Anveshan gives participants an opportunity to conceptualize, develop and showcase the innovation which could be a complete innovative IoT product or service catering to a specific market need, a core technology applicable to IoT, software algorithm or data analytics framework solving a particular problem, all in a low-risk setting, with funding and guidance provided by Analog Devices. External mentors, potential customers and industry experts are also available and ready to support the finalist teams.

Under the Anveshan program, Analog Devices India will fund projects with a maximum amount of INR 1,00,000 assigned to each finalist teams. A choice of IoT platform will also be provided. Student and professional teams will be assessed and appraised separately. Student teams could use Anveshan as a final year project, and must have an assigned faculty advisor along with a mentor from Analog Devices.

So what kind of projects are we expecting?  Food for Thought!

For Anveshan, you choose the topic of your interest. It could be a vertically integrated solution where you pick up a sensor, the cloud platform, the connectivity and the edge node and create an analytics framework to offer a value added business or service. It would be a focused on a horizontal play to solve a particular IoT problem like energy harvesting, enhancing trusted security or analytics running on the edge, fog our cloud.  We will urge you to look for pertinent and practical problems to solve with IoT.

Today, building a sensor to the cloud project with Arduino or Raspberry Pie connected to a bunch of sensors and getting the data out to a standard cloud platform is a basic and necessary step for IoT. Building such platform is a few hours to days of effort with the rich ecosystem that many companies and IoT platforms have today. Showcasing a sensor data available on the cloud is just the basic building block of IoT. Anveshan goal is to take the teams well beyond this IoT101, to build something useful, pertinent and relevant.

As you consider topics for proposals, we encourage you to look at the -Design Resources tab where we have compiled a list of IoT design resources for you. I would also encourage you to read McKinsey report “Internet of Things: Mapping the Value, beyond the Hype”, an excellent source to learn and brainstorm on the IoTusecases and scenarios.

Project proposals can be any area of IoT. While the scope is very wide, I am sighting a few examples which are pertinent problems that customers are looking for today.  The examples are by no means exhaustive but as examples only.

  • Image/Video Analytics for CCTVs for a variety of applications (
  • Water Management & Leak Detection
  • Affordable soil, moisture and Ph testing and analytics for Indian farmers
  • Solutions for Traffic Monitoring and Management
  • Affordable pollution monitoring sensors and calibration against high grade sensors
  • Energy harvesting technologies
  • IoT Security
  • Quality of food and materials by low cost cloud connected spectrometer (
  • Sensor Fusion – Intelligent Algorithms sensing multiple sensor data and making an analysis or prediction
  • Modify a protocol stack to get better range and reliability for wide area networks for smart grid and smart cities
  • Predicting when a motor will fail based on vibration, power factor etc.
  • Optimize battery power and energy harvesting
  • Domain specific Big Data analytics & Algorithms
  • Frameworks for predictive analytics with deep learning
  • Build an innovative IoT Product or Service (Why is it unique and how does it benefit?)
  • Flooding and leak detection in homes and water pipes

How will the proposals be evaluated?

We are looking at well thought out ideas, and serious and passionate teams to make them successful. The project proposal should address a need in the IoT landscape, it should be practical and affordable to deploy. We are looking at innovative ways to do things, and would expect market knowledge and understanding of similar efforts that have been put in the past or present. As highlighted before, project proposal could be building a hardware and software as a horizontal technology solution for IoT or could be a vertical systems integration approach to build the sensor to the cloud to offer a specific IoT product or service.

As soon as the teams register, they will receive a Word document template with the format for submitting their proposals. Teams are also encourage to send a short video explaining the problem and the solution.

Visit and register yourself. Last date for registration is 15th May 2016. Write to us at if you have any questions. 



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