Innovate to win


Four youngsters decided they needed to improvise. So they took on a suitcase and umbrella and a clothesline! read on to find out more about these everyday objects…

Sometimes the things we use often – like a suitcase or the clothesline – can be so much more useful with a little bit of modification. We feature four youngsters who made an improvement on everyday things.What do suitcases, a chair, a clothesline and an umbrella have in common? Nothing much really except that four children chose a different path to improvise on the existing model to make it their invention. The National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad, provides the perfect platform every year for students to submit their inventions which are then up for competition. The winners are awarded a medal, their inventions are patented and then the students themselves can approach manufacturers to sell their ideas. The four winners featured here are Yatharth Saxena, Nisha Chaube, Ojasvi Goel and Piyush Agrawal. Their inventions are in the process of getting patented.* * *Suitcase chair

TAKE A SEAT : It’s a long haul.Nisha Chaube, XI, Ryan International School, NoidaI saw Shah Rukh Khan sitting on the floor next to his suitcase and even though it was just an ad I did not like my idol sitting on the floor. And that’s when the idea struck me and I knew what I wanted.The concept : A hybrid travelling suitcase with a portable foldable chair. All you need to do is unfold it and you have your own chair to sit on! Being light weight it’s hardly heavier than your travel bag. For the prototype I made it with steel but one can use plastic or aluminium or any other lighter material to build the foldable chair.Future Concept : Looking for manufacturers who will be interested in this concept.* * *Water bottle umbrella

WATER, WATER : Now you can drink it tooOjasvi Goel, VIII, Vasanth Valley School, DelhiI always wanted to use the water that was getting wasted. When it rains there is water everywhere. But what does one do when he/she is thirsty? We carry an umbrella and I often wondered what I could do with it. That’s when the idea struck me. Stay protected and have water to drink.The concept : An umbrella which I worked on could double up as a water storer. Costing only about Rs. 20 more, it is also viable. Water hits the umbrella when it rains and that goes down through a pipe and gets collected in a bottle. This water is 100 per cent pure being the first shower.Future plans: while the patenting is under process Ojasvi does not believe in waiting. His head is bursting with ideas and he is planning on making a nautomatic drink stirrer.* * *