Innovations at
ProtoSem

WHAT?

ProtoSem [Micro-Innovators] is a first-of-its-kind program launched by FORGE that embeds an innovation centred approach to engineering education right into the core of the engineering curriculum - innovation aimed at engineering tech-enabled solutions for real-world problems.


A 20-week intensive process of prototype design and development where students develop their core technical concepts and develop key engineering skills.

  • Ideation Process- problem validation, customer discovery, MUP idea generation and development.
  • Deployable MUP building in iterative method with guidance/mentoring from industry experts
  • Deployment and testing of MUP
  • User feedback and validation of value proposition

HOW?


WHO?

Students of final year

  • Under Graduate [BE/BTech/BSc.] Program
  • Post Graduate [ME/MTech/ MSc] Program

HWjunction is the integrated innovation lab for rapid hardware prototyping housed inside FORGE.FACTORY, the 20,000 sq.ft. incubation centre established in Coimbatore, created to catalyse the hardware/tech innovation pursuits of the innovators, makers, creators, tinkerers, startups, and entrepreneurs. A comprehensive suite of equipment, resources, and tech expertise are offered to support up to 25 hardware startups concurrently in the areas of IoT/AIoT, Electronics design, test & measurement, AI/ML/DL, 3D Digital fabrication, PCB design and assembly, IT computing, drones, robotics, and AR-VR.

WHERE?

WHAT?

ProtoSem [Micro-Innovators] is a first-of-its-kind program launched by FORGE that embeds an innovation centred approach to engineering education right into the core of the engineering curriculum - innovation aimed at engineering tech-enabled solutions for real-world problems.

HOW?

A 20-week intensive process of prototype design and development where students develop their core technical concepts and develop key engineering skills.

  • Ideation Process- problem validation, customer discovery, MUP idea generation and development.
  • Deployable MUP building in iterative method with guidance/mentoring from industry experts
  • Deployment and testing of MUP
  • User feedback and validation of value proposition

WHO?

Students of final year

  • Under Graduate [BE/BTech/BSc.] Program
  • Post Graduate [ME/MTech/ MSc] Program

WHERE?

HWjunction is the integrated innovation lab for rapid hardware prototyping housed inside FORGE.FACTORY, the 20,000 sq.ft. incubation centre established in Coimbatore, created to catalyse the hardware/tech innovation pursuits of the innovators, makers, creators, tinkerers, startups, and entrepreneurs. A comprehensive suite of equipment, resources, and tech expertise are offered to support up to 25 hardware startups concurrently in the areas of AIoT, Electronics design, test & measurement, AI/ML/DL, 3D Digital fabrication, PCB design and assembly, IT computing, drones, robotics, and AR-VR.

Is the world asking you to choose any One of them?

How about we make you ready for All of them?

Post Graduation

Employment

Innovation

Research

Course

Applied Design Thinking
  • Design Thinking Principles
  • Customer Centric Innovation
  • Design Thinking Tools


Electronic System Design
  • Sensors & Actuators
  • Circuit Design and Simulation
  • PCB Designing
  • Graphical System Design and Programming

Artificial Intelligence of Things
  • AIoT - Basics
  • AIoT - Advanced
  • Data Science & Analytics
  • AI & ML Basics
  • Adding Intelligence to AIoT

Startup Fundamentals
  • Entrepreneurship Mindset Immersion
  • Building Enterprises from Ideas
  • Pirch Camp & MVB

Embedded System Design & Development
  • Embedded System
  • Embedded Platforms
  • Communication Protocols

Application Development & Android Things
  • Python & Java Programming
  • Mobile APP Development
  • Android Things
  • Web APP development
  • Cloud Platform

Industrial Design And Product Development
  • Integrated Product Design and Development
  • UI & UX
  • Industrial Design 101
  • Product Development Cycle

IPR Fundamentals & patent drafting
  • IP 101
  • Case Studeis of IPR
  • Fundamentals of Patent Drafting


Why ProtoSem?

A fellowship model of activating innovation led student startups:

Entrepreneurs who build innovation powered enterprises are at their core ingenious problem-solvers. Their success with innovation and enterprise creation lies both in their ability to identify problems that are worth solving, and to bring that idea (an imagined solution to solve the problem) to life by rapidly building prototypes. A Prototype that the target customers use to experience the value on offer (the benefits of using the solution) and thereby offer accurate feedback on their willingness to pay a certain price. This proves beyond doubt the market potential, creating a compelling case for launching the product in the market and paving way for business building and enterprise creation.

Going from Idea to Enterprise is about solving real-world problems using the power of technology as tools to build cost-effective solutions, and in doing so profitably results in a business thereby seeding an enterprise. By catalysing prototyping activity within the academic system/curriculum among students in higher technical/science education we can build a stronger pipeline of highly skilled problem-solvers. By helping them work full-time on their innovative ideas, we help them achieve significant progress in becoming all ready to launch startup companies. This gives them the confidence to startup right after graduation, and jumpstart their journey as entrepreneurs, highly-skilled innovators, job providers, agents of change etc.

'Innovation for Employability, Innovation for Skills Enhancement' should be the mantra, and when this is diligently practised then 'Innovation for Entrepreneurship' shall be achieved in the longer term.

Catalysing micro innovators, Creating tech enterprises

Can we set the bar for measuring success in student innovations lower? Not at the level of assessing the potential of their innovative ideas to become break-through products beating global standards or to become highly profitable enterprises. But instead evaluate the potential of their ideas to use creative tech to solve real-world problems even if at a micro-scale. And more importantly enable them with the resources, the training so that they bring those ideas to life. Engineering education then becomes experiential, vocational, and is endowed with the potential to foster self-employment before catalysing enterprise creation in the longer run.

What is this Creative Tech? Democratised, open, simple, affordable, and cost effective. Creative tech not complicated tech. Tech that enables the creative solving of problems all around us in our everyday lives, and solutions leading to creating social impact, earning economics gains, sustaining livelihoods, and bringing about overall change, development, and progress.

Every passing day the expanse of creative tech is widening at a rapid pace, and the possibilities emerging are limitless. IoT sensors & networks, 3D printing, desktop fabrication, industrial automation, robotics, low-volume electronics manufacturing & assembly, artificial intelligence & machine learning, big data analytics, cloud computing etc. are creating limitless possibilities and the pace of their progress and democratisation is relentless.

Partners

Target Enterprises

Participant Institutions

FAQ

The prototyping semester is a comprehensive process of supporting students with innovative ideas to design, build, test, and validate deployable prototypes[Minimum Usable Prototype- MUP] that showcase their effective solutions for real-world problems. In addition to this offering experiential learning of the concepts, tools, and techniques and thereby significantly boosting the overall knowledge gained by the students, it also acts a platform for learning design and innovation skills. The possibility that some of these prototypes can become ready for production and launch as products and solutions in the market makes this program a highly outcomes oriented model of engineering skills development and of catalysing student innovators.
According to the National Employability Report, 2016 by Aspiring Minds, over 80% of engineering graduates from India are unemployable, on the other hand is the need to create more job creators rather than job seekers among the young graduates. The journey from Idea to Enterprise is essentially coming up with solutions to solve everyday problems, and in doing so profitably results in a business thereby seeding an enterprise. By catalysing prototyping activity among students we can build a stronger pipeline of highly skilled problem-solvers and jumpstart their journey as innovators and entrepreneurs. Forge has launched and successfully completed two batches of the Prototyping Semester with 72 students graduating from it. It is a first-of-its-kind program bringing Incubator and academia together in achieving outcomes in learning as well as in innovation by catalysing prototyping activity directly within the scope of engineering curriculum. This is an opportunity to make a tangible and long lasting impact to the startup ecosystem of the country as well as transforming the quality of engineering and technology education in India.
Selection of students is done in 3 steps.
Step 1 : Online application
Step 2 : iStart
Step 3 : iCamp
A 6-day residential innovation bootcamp that offers a systematic and structured process of problem validation, MUP ideation, and 72-hour hackathon to build a PoC. Students grouped in teams of 3 each, shall be guided by experts to build & hack a winning PoC and also facilitate a workshop on grant proposal writing.
A 2 day Awareness & Orientation Camp for all aspiring applicants to learn principles, tools and techniques of Design Thinking, and their application in Problem identification-definition-validation, Customer discovery, and MUP Ideation.
No! Post applying online, shortlisted candidate will be invited the stage 2, iStart and candidates shortlisted will be invited for stage 3,iCamp.
The selected students shall either choose to come up with a solution for a problem statement of their choice or pick one from a list of problem statements/prototype brief offered by Forge through its Sandbox@Forge initiative. In the case where students choose their problem statements, a preliminary assessment on the incidence and significance/impact of the problem statement shall be done beforehand with help of experts.
Yes, Prototyping involves multiple skills and a team performs and achieves much more than individuals. In order to catalyse the generation of real-world startup enterprises, it is encouraged that students participate in the Prototyping Semester as teams and individuals who would be teamed later. The selected students to the program cohort shall be mapped into teams of 3 members.
Problem solving is most effective when the prototyping process is agile and iterative. The natural tendency is to build a feature-rich solution and thereby delay end-user feedback. It is advised to avoid the creation of a more elaborate solution in the form of a full-fledged ‘Product’ that could potentially have many useless and unusable features or functionalities. Therefore, it is imperative to focus the whole prototyping activity only towards building, testing and proving a smaller scope of solution called the Minimum Usable Prototype (MUP). MUP is a 'Good is Good Enough' solution with the most important features that is enough to convince the end-user to use it and then provide feedback.
Yes! The complete course happens in workshop mode using learn by doing pedagogy from the learning perspective and it is fully hosted, run and mentored by industry experts.
Course enables students to become problem solvers who solve real world problems of greve need of attention in day-to-day life of users. To solve many of these problem statements students need to learn and develop By being problem solvers students logical thinking, critical thinking skills are enhanced and accelerated.

Hardware/AIoT Product Design & Engineering

C1

Applied Design Thinking

[3 credits]

C2

Electronic System Design

[4 credits]

C3

Embedded System Design and Development

[4 credits]

C4

Artificial Intelligence of Things

[4 credits]

C5

Application Development and Android Things

[3 credits]

C6

Integrated Product Development

[4 credits]

C7

Industrial Design and Product Development

[4 credits]

C8

Startup Fundamentals

[3 credits]

Total

[26 credits]

  • Register and run your startup to gare upto acceleration program to get seed funding and/or other funding agencies to go for mass production
  • Better employment in core corporate industry
  • Strong profile for Masters application
FORGE.FELLOWS is a startup activator program offered in the form of a 3-6 month fellowship. A fellowship program to catalyse broad based prototyping activity among students and graduates, aimed at creating a strong pipeline of problem-solvers. Our primary objective during the program is to enable rapid design and development of prototypes to test utility, usability and adoption among early adopters. The program offers access to tech infra & resources, apart from a prototyping grant (upto Rs. 5 Lakhs of cash/in-kind support for company & stipend for innovator/founder) but more importantly training & mentoring to enhance the odds of success of the aspiring innovators. Based on the performance of the student teams/individuals in the FORGE.FELLOWS program and their progress achieved, they will be offered entry into the FORGE.FIRST product acceleration and FORGE.FAST business acceleration programs.
Exposure to learning and use wide range of tools and technologies, which is critical in hardware product design and engineering.
You may apply as an individual or a team. Selection of individuals is done.
On successful completion of the program candidates receive a certificate in Graduate Diploma in Hardware/AIoT Product Design and Engineering.

Have Questions ?

Dinesh | Program Manager

+91 94433 54326

dinesh@forgeforward.in