Vidya bagged first position in entry level AAC Device Development Challenge

Center for Assistive Technology and Innovation (CATI) – National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) in association with APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University (APJAKTU) had announced a challenge in May 2021 for developing an entry level AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) device. With an AAC device, a person with a communication disorder / other disability can convey messages and get people’s attention using sound. The opportunity was open to all students studying in engineering colleges affiliated to KTU.

A team led from Vidya Academy of Science and Technology participated and secured FIRST position in the challenge. There were three rounds of selection process and two user trials – one by college and one by NISH.

The awards for the finalists were distributed in an MoU signing ceremony between NISH and KTU for an innovative entrepreneurial development training project for the differently-abled youth in the state named as “Innovation by Youth with Disabilities (I-YwD)” project.

The prototype will be converted to a commercial product with funding and mentoring from NISH in the near future. The procedure will begin in August 2022.

The Team
Faculty Members
Mr Vishnu Rach K R Point of Contact  (Asst Prof, EEE Dept )
Mr Anil M IEDC  Nodal Officer (Asst Prof, ECE Dept )
Abhinav A J S4, EEE 
Abhiram Prakash S4, EEE 
Abhishek S Nair S4, EEE 
Aiswarya U S4, EEE 
Angel Rose M R S4, EEE 
Rishikesh Krishnan K S4, EEE 
The Editorial Team of  News & Events joins the entire Vidya family in wishing   heartiest congratulations to Mr. Vishnu, Mr. Anil and to all the students on this proud achievement . ALL THE BEST to the next level !!!

The event at a glance