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25 July 2012

IBM felicitates ‘The Great Mind Challenge 2011’ winners

Awards recognize best projects leveraging open source IT tools to address real-world problems
Tirumala Engineering College (TEC), Hyderabad winners of TGMC 2011
Bangalore – International Business Machines (IBM) today felicitated the winners of “The Great Mind Challenge 2011” - a pioneering nation-wide software development and research contest at a grand ceremony held in Bangalore. The Technomovers from Tirumala Engineering College (TEC), Hyderabad were declared the winners of the prestigious contest in recognition to their innovative project on a Paperless Hospital Management system.
What set the TEC project apart was the comprehensive technology solution provided for different details across all patient interfaces. The project automates work processes and facilitates efficient information sharing between the various departments of the hospital to reduce operational difficulties and extend a hassle free experience to the patients. The system incorporates Patient record management, Ward management, Employee payroll management, Laboratory/Pharmacy management and several other patient friendly features such as automatic bill generation, insurance management, SMS alerts, and appointment scheduling with doctor. The project, developed with IBM technologies (Rational Application Developer, DB2 and WebSphere Application Server) supports the regional languages and is industry ready for deployment.

Team Perfect 9 from the International Institute of Information Technology, Bhubaneswar was declared the first runner-up for their project also on a paperless hospital management system. The Project covers all the transactions from the time a person walks in to the hospital and till he leaves after the treatment. The project was even partially tested at the HAL Hospital, Bhubaneswar for a real time experience and feedback.
Team QUADCORE from Academy of Technology, Kolkata emerged second runners-up for their innovative project on Corruption Control through Budget Maintenance. The project provides a transparent system to plan, allocate resources (material/money) and manage the project. With audit features integrated at each level, the system strives to minimize corruption in the process and control of expenses in projects; total cost control across ranks. This project is also unique in the sense that it supports local language; makes it efficient to be used anywhere in the region.
As part of its endeavour to encourage women in technology, IBM also  felicitated two all girls teams from Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan and Jayamukhi Institute of Technological Sciences, Andhra Pradesh for their innovative projects on Online Notice Board and Corruption Control who ranked high in TGMC 2011.
The Great Mind Challenge (TGMC) is a national software development contest for college and university-level students. Launched in 2004, TGMC provides students at technical universities an opportunity to develop innovative solutions for complex, real-time scenarios using IBM technologies and tools. The participants are given access to the IBM technologies (at no-charge), the necessary training material to these technologies, and e-mentors to guide them through their projects.
Since the initial launch, TGMC has been highly popular among the students and the faculty members across the country. Student participation in the contest has grown from 10,000 individual registrations in 2004, to a whooping 2,00,000 students and faculty members from across 2,000 Indian colleges submitting a total of 4000 projects in 2011. The Great Mind Challenge has also been recognized by The Limca Book of Records as India’s largest technology contest for students.
Speaking on the occasion, Karthik Padmanabhan Country Manager - ISV & Developer Relations, IBM India said, “Congratulations to the winners and participants of TGMC 2011. We are delighted that every year, TGMC has been successful in inspiring students across the country to develop innovative solutions to address complex, real-time problems and scenarios. We believe that this unique industry-academia collaboration model can help students with market ready skills and build a competitive IT workforce”.
This year, TGMC 2012 will continue its momentum of increasing its reach to students and colleges across India. The contest is open to graduates and undergraduates enrolled in engineering, computer science, and other IT-related fields from accredited colleges and universities. IBM will provide the necessary software and training for successful completion of the project.
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