Aug 05
ACCELERO - Fostering Innovation Across L&T Defence
ACCELERO - Fostering Innovation Across L&T Defence
ACCELERO. Think “Shark Tank” for L&T Defence. The finale of the 3rd edition of the initiative wherein employees drum up innovative solutions with business potential and pitch them to a jury of senior L&T Defence executives, was held recently at Powai, Mumbai.
As part of the event, the Innovation and New Product Development Initiative of L&T Defence had called for submission of abstracts, proposals, and business pitches, from innovators within the folds of L&T Defence. Open to all, employees from eight locations viz., Powai, Hazira, Vadodara, Vizag, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Talegaon, and Gurgaon participated in this year’s competition. A total of 200 abstracts were submitted, which were distilled to 62 proposals through cross-location collaboration and mentoring. These proposals were subjected to two rigorous levels of reviews and feedback prior to shortlisting of the 8 finalists who vied for the top prize across two distinct categories viz., Best Business Prospect, and Most Innovative Idea.
The grand finale of ACCELERO 2018-19 was held on July 2, 2019. The event had Mr. Jayant D. Patil, Whole-time Director (L&T Defence, L&T-NxT) & Member of the Board, L&T, as Chief Guest. He was joined by several members of the senior management, BU and location heads.
Mr. Arun Ramchandani, Mr. Mukesh Bhargava, Mr. Ranganathan S., Mr. N.M. Athawale, Mr. Brijesh Kalra, Mr. Chandra Shekhar Rao were part of the panel that evaluated the business pitches.
The event was broadcast live over Web and staffers from different locations were connected via Skype.
The eight business pitches and the teams behind each included:
• Hypersonic Projectile Launching System (Electronic warfare) by Nachiyappan R, Harshad Chapte, and Sanjay Soni.
• Pinaka rocket (guided unguided) launcher + Add-on launcher on naval ship (Double launcher within same launcher workspace) by Nilesh Varma, and Akshay Bangera.
• Combat Armored Robotic System by Mayank Srivastava, Radeshwar S.S., Sachin Suresh Pai, Shraddha Chandrakant Bhalerao, Shubham Singhal.
• Multi-Function Phased Array Radar by Vikramjeetsingh Grewal, Umesh Jagdale, Ranadeep Saha, Abhishek Pal, Alhad Kulkarni, and Pratik Vijayprakash Shukla.
• AVATAR Unmanned Operation Module by Ravi Naik, Nikhil Dhanuka, and Rohan Waghmare.
• Hybrid Powertrain for Armoured Platforms by Prakash Sadhwani, Rameshwar Rao Sandineni, Eldho Baby, and Sachin Wagle.
• Unmanned Submarine Hunter Vehicle (USHV) by Dhamodaran R, Anirudh Shukla, Kaustubh Tamhankar
• Intelligent maintenance monitoring system for ships 'JALPARI' by Aarnav Dam, Shreesha S Bhat, and Gurkeerat Sekhon.
After an intense round of presentations by participants and cross-questioning by the panel, the team comprising Ravi Naik, Nikhil Dhanuka, and Rohan Waghmare won the Most Innovative Idea award for its AVATAR Unmanned Operation Module while the prize for Best Business Prospect went to the quartet of Prakash Sadhwani, Rameshwar Rao Sandineni, Eldho Baby, and Sachin Wagle for their pitch on Hybrid Powertrain for Armoured Platforms.
Mr. J.D. Patil felicitated both the teams for their effort. Pleased with the initiative, Mr. Patil applauded the organisers of the event and encouraged all the participants to keep their innovative streak alive. The Innovation Steering Group (ISG), Innovation Driving Group (IDG), and HR teams from across locations were instrumental in facilitating the Initiative.


Good to see Defence IC's in...

Good to see Defence IC's initiative ACCELERO part of News & Views Magazine.
Kudos to ACCELERO 2018-19 Winners and Finalists for their spectacular performance at the forum.
 on 8/6/2019 4:14 PM