Journey Of Tallshortree

Story behind us, the ‘tallshortree’family entering the grand finals of IICDC 2017 when our native, Kerala was under the fury of the huge floods.

tallshortree team

In the face of adversity, man has just two things: hope and reasoning. We, the ‘tallshortree’

family entered the grand finals of IICDC 2017 when our native, Kerala was under the fury of the

huge floods. After a rather adventurous and dangerous journey that landed us safely in

Bangalore, thanks to the mercy of many a merciful people, we saw what was a technological

galore opened up in front of us. The final presentation, the exposition, the conversations, the

assessments, the excitement, the anxiety and the happiness of becoming one among the ten

incubates… IICDC 2017 unintentionally gave us way more than what it offered to.

About a year ago, this time, we were five individuals, searching for opportunities and ideas which

might give us a platform to think outside the box. That is when we registered for IICDC 2017.

When we found out that we had been selected from among the 15380 teams that applied from all

parts of the country, we were really happy! But little did we know about the journey ahead. As

each round came with its challenges, we tightened our reigns and set out to do tasks which

normally engineering students would not bother to and meet targets and deadlines with such

caution and dedication we had never seen before coming from ourselves. Slowly we realized that

we were not just completing tasks and meeting deadlines, but we were undergoing a beautiful

metamorphosis that now, when we look back was a huge milestone in our engineering life. Our

project was going on a different path with respect to others, we were having stricter deadlines,

we put in extra hours of work and we were exhausting our dearest guides with constant queries.

We were so proud to show our classmates the components that had been shipped free of cost

from Texas Instruments. Most of us shed our shyness to go on record talking about our product

with confidence and conviction. Each time we completed the video submission, we told

ourselves, this was one more time we were overcoming our fears and perceived limits.

What IICDC 2017 gave us was not just an opportunity to play with technology and solve technical

issues, but it put us face to face with the real world problems that any innovative idea undergoes

striving to enter the market. If engineering is the brain of IICDC, business is its heart. We learnt

the art of asking for help. We made phone calls even when we were reluctant to. Things started

changing, even between us. Everyone knew what was to be done, and whom to call and what to

ask. We learnt to make the best use of all the resources we had, whether it was the mentors we

were assigned from IIM Bangalore and Texas Instruments, or the MOOCs provided by IIMB, the

technical resources from TI, our friends, relatives, acquaintances.

The experience during the semifinals was eye-opening. The most fascinating thing was the open

hearted conversations we had, with a plethora of business and tech enthusiastic minds. The

words of the IICDC 2016 incubatees gave us inspiration. We took down each and every technical

and business feedback, went home and thought about it. The three day boot camp at IIM and TI

Bangalore prior to the finals was an unforgettable experience! We cannot express how much it

changed our perspectives about the value we add to the world through our ideas. It also

reminded us about the pitfalls we might face on the way, and how we might face them. The one-

on-one sessions we had with the brightest minds from IIM- B and TI Bangalore was so enriching

and we are ever grateful and consider ourselves lucky to have undergone this experience.

As the date of the finals arrived, our minds were equally elated as well as under huge tension.

The greatest thing is, without such a driving point, none of us would have understood our

performances under pressure. We, who began our journey from Kerala two days prior to the

finals event, faced another unexpected event on our way there- the beginning of the Kerala

Floods. Amidst our bus service getting cancelled halfway, being stranded on the road for hours,

experiencing a scary ride through the flood waters resulting from the unexpected opening of the

Banasurasagar dam and unending rains, we reached a point where we doubted if we might

reach the venue at all. But we did, and what happened afterwards is still a dream in our eyes.

The Kerala floods has brought unimaginable damage to our land and its people. But the

dedication and coordination with which people fought this calamity and reached out not just their

hands, but the whole of their selves to save and help each other is really endearing and highly

appreciable. The young minds who put all possible resources and technical skills to the aid of

rescue and relief is just an amazing example of the limitless possibilities of technology and

teamwork. We aim to rise from this experience with the spirit of the God’s Own Country in our

hearts. Here we are now, our wings being propelled by NSRCEL, IIM Bangalore, Texas

Instruments, DST, myGov and Make In India. We, the ‘tallshortree’ team is excited and

enthusiastic to begin our journey as entrepreneurs. We are proud participants of this amazing

contest, and we wish all our fellow entrepreneurs and the participants of the coming IICDC 2018

all the very best!