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skillveri at Alpha Engineering College's Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp

Alpha College of Engineering  in association with Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India – conducted an Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp from 8th – 10th January 2013 at their campus in Chennai, under the aegis of National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) and Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India.

The main objective of the program was to create awareness amongst the faculty and the students of Engineering and Arts discipline about the various facets of entrepreneurship and highlight its merits as an alternative career option.

skillveri’s CEO Sabarinath C Nair addressed the students in the valedictory session, spoke to them on entrepreneurship and answered their queries. It was a pleasant afternoon, being among the students and enjoying the interaction with them.

Some of the pics from the event are below –

skillveri’s CEO Sabarinath.C.Nair addressing the students
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An excerpt from the presentation by skillveri

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skillveri wins the 3rd place in the India Innovation Initiative 2012 !

skillveri bags the 3rd place in the national awards for i3 2012 – The India Innovation Initiative !

skillveri’s flagship product, the welding training tool Aura, made it to the 3rd place in I3 held in New Delhi on December 3rd 2012.

There were a total of 42 teams selected from the regional fairs held earlier across the country.The teams for the regional fairs were in turn selected after screening over 600 applications received for the event.

The jury visited our stall and saw demonstrations of our simulator. They also had first hand testimony of the product from our end users – welding staff of our first customers.

The judging criteria included –

  • Creativity and originality
  • Application of Technology / Scientific Methodology
  • Potential for commercialization
  • Potential for addressing social and global concerns

The skillveri team was represented in the event by Ashwin Chandrasekher, and our CEO Sabarinath C Nair , who fielded questions and explained about our product to the visitors, press and jury.

We also got a mention in the press coverage of the event at in Deccan Herald !

Find the results of the national award mentioned here.

Some of the snaps from the Delhi event are below –


The Inauguration


Welders trying out our Training Tool – Aura


The public and press at our stall in Delhi
Our CEO Sabarinath C Nair receiving the 3rd Prize


skillveri's welding simulator Aura at the India Innovation Initiative

 skillveri participated in the Regional Fair of i3 – India Innovation Initiative, 2012.

i3 is an annual event held with the objective to encourage innovators and provide start-up support for innovations. It is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India, jointly with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Agilent Technologies.

skillveri’s welding simulator Aura, which offers a unique gamified approach to vocational skill training, was one of the innovations selected to the regional fair from among the hundreds of applicants.
The event for the southern region was held in the IIT-Madras Research Park in Chennai on Nov 23rd 2012, and had 67 participants. A selected few will go on to the national level to be held in New Delhi on December 3rd 2012. We are keeping our fingers crossed !


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skillveri’s Aura at the Regional Fair of India Innovation Initiative at Chennai.

The philosophy of gaming for training

Go back to your high school physics where we were taught about projectile motion – how something thrown in the air will take a parabolic path, have maximum range if projected at an angle of 45°, and how something thrown at Θ degrees and 90-Θ degrees will have the same range. Boring, too theoretical way of teaching a fact of everyday life, right?

Now imagine, if you are taught the same concepts using the game Angry Birds. Now that would be fun, playing around and learning about projectiles, won’t it be? Similarly, how exciting would it have been if we were taught about gravitational pull and pendulums through the game Cut the rope?

Today, at the Nasscom Gaming Forum, listening to Basu Inamdar explaining about Dhruva’s game GloFlo, I realized that this game could be used to teach the basics of PCB layout design to electronics students. We learn better when we do it through activities we enjoy, and the possibilities are endless – let the games begin!

Baby steps

Though it’s been some time since skillveri has been conceived, it is today that the baby steps were taken. We now have a small office – rather office space – Fractal Foundation has been kind enough to let us operate from their premises.

So we now have an address which has been updated on the contact us page.

Long distances to cover with these baby steps !