CAPSTONE PROJECT 2024

Gear yourself with the right set of competencies and experiences

Description

Imagine a world with a virtual ecosystem in which green and 4th industrial revolution markets are dominating the arenas globally. Just theoretical knowledge is insufficient to equip the individuals with these latest engineering and technological tools.

To be a competent engineer and entrepreneur, you will need accessibility to gain first-hand practical exposure in the leading companies.

So, what should you do to become competitive?

Get enrolled in our program now because of following reasons

It is strategically designed incorporating both theoretical and practical aspects of the industrial revolution features of the top-rated companies i.e. IBM, KPMG, Amazon, Siemens, Microsoft, Deloitte, Google, Accenture and Intel.

As an equivalent of a quality internship program, the program will enhance your Resume – you will be trained and nurtured to be an ideal candidate for any of the leading organizations.

Financial aid is also available for those students who have a reasonable and justified explanation for the assistance.

Program Flow

You will complete the course with a deep set of skills essential for success in a competitive and fast changing environment.

In the Pre-Development phase, the participants will be given training in planning out the main components of the project.
In the Development phase, you will Study and Analyze Product Requirements, Initiate Product Designing Process, and Implement and Integrate final design.
In the last phase which is the Post-Development Phase, Intellectual Property, Collaboration and partnering, Procurement and Vendor Management, Productization, Marketing and Customer Support aspects are covered.

Strategic Planning

Strategize, set your goals and plan activities to attain your vision.

Trade Study & Research

Learn about trade studies, system modelling using SysML and approaches to conduct trade studies. Also, how to create research and development roadmaps and engage with intellectual property creation.

Product & Technology requirements

Understand the characteristics of requirements along with the usage of system modelling to capture the requirements of a product through its life cycle development process.

Technology Development

Develop an understanding about different technology maps in perspective of different markets and also learn the technology maturity levels. Also, you will learn about collaboration to work jointly with other entities to achieve the common goal.

Product Concept Development

Learn about the process of ideation and also the techniques used in product concept development.

Planning

Learn about the designing of Product development plans, formation of teams and finances approval process along with engagement of different departments to provide their inputs.

Development

Understand the process of translation of product requirements to their designing. The design is progressively refined and implemented at different scales. Simultaneously, the different components are integrated and tested.

Validation & Conformity

Understand the procedure for validation with respect to requirements and verification of conformity to the desired standards.

Intellectual Property

In the last phase which is the Post-Development Phase, Intellectual Property, Collaboration and partnering, Procurement and Vendor Management, Productization, Marketing and Customer Support aspects are covered.

Collaborating and partnering

Understand what factors to look for and study to collaborate or partner with other entities.

Procurement and Vendor Management

Efficiently manage your supply chain and ensure effective quality assurance measures.

Productization

Learn how to take a working model through the validation of the product to ensure it is safe and reliable. Also, develop an understanding in terms of regulatory requirements, and validate its robustness, safety and reliability. In addition, you will learn about the need for supporting materials and disciplines, from documentation to packaging to online information and graphic design.

Manufacturing Engineering

Learn about manufacturing tools and processes. Also, understand the different stages of manufacturing engineering from process planning and simulation, to jig, tool, die, and fixture design, factory layout, machine tool programming, material handling, finishing, and inspection.

Manufacturing Operations

Comprehend how to efficiently manufacture products by employing the best and latest tools and processes – ensuring that the final product complies with the international global standards.

Marketing

Learn about the twin tasks of in-bound marketing, where product features are seen in terms of competitiveness and pricing and planned accordingly and out-bound marketing from product positioning, to advertising, use of different methods of outreach to the target audience including media, materials, events, and online presence.

Sales, Direct Marketing and Third-party distribution

Learn about the different circumstances that dictate which channel(s) is/are appropriate to maximize product sales and profitability and the issues that must be addressed when dealing with each type of approach.

Customer Support

Ascertain the latest tools for an effective customer support process.

Life Cycle Management

Learn the different stages of a product life cycle and select the appropriate measures for the product according to the life cycle stage.

Eligibility

All those individuals can get enrolled in the program who are:

  • In a bachelor’s or master’s degree program
  • Engineering, Mechanical, Business, Electrical, Software or Industrial Design experts/students
  • Students from our partnered college or universities can only apply for this course
  • Designed exclusively for individuals who want to learn the 4th industrial revolution technologies along with green frontier technologies by gaining first-hand experience under the mentorship of the industry experts.

    Structure

  • You will be given holistic exposure to all the departments based on the development phase.
  • A cohort of 4-6 people from different domains will be formed who will work on a real time project under the mentorship of an industry expert.
  • You will develop competencies to enter any of the future key industrial and green technological areas i.e., Artificial intelligence, Blockchains, Robotics, Drones, Big Data, 5G, 3D Printing and Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Time Commitments Requirement:
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  • One 2-hours sessions per month on Sundays.
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  • 6-10 hours per week of assignment.
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  • 15 modules – 2 modules per month
  • Bi-Monthly meetings will be set with the mentor – ensuring the final year project will be value addition for the industry in which they are working.
  • Your eight month mentorship will be complemented with the course containing videos, powerpoints and papers.
  • You will have to go through the evaluation process to successfully get the certification.
  • A quick and visual representation of the departments and the tasks to be covered in each of them is as follows

    Senior Management and Business Development

    • Strategic Planning and Activities

    • Trade Studies and Research

    • Market Study

    • Product and Technology requirements capture

    Research & Development, Legal and Market Research Departments

    • Ideation

    • Customer Engagement

    • Technology Development

    Engineering, Human Resources, Legal, Product Marketing & Purchasing Departments

    • Staffing & Organization for development

    • Detailed Product Development

    • Budgeting for execution

    • Establishing Processes & Planning

    • Collaboration & Partnering

    • Productization

    • Procurement & Vendor Management

    Manufacturing, Marketing and Sales Department

    • Manufacturing Operations

    • Manufacturing Engineering

    • Marketing

    • Direct Selling, Direct Marketing and Third-Party Distribution

    Customer and Sales Support Department

    • Customer Support

    • Post-Sales Support

    Continuing Engineering and Support Department

    • Life Cycle Management

    Projects

    All students are required to complete Final Year Project (FYP) or a Capstone Project to qualify for the certification. A FYP has to meet the following key features:

  • Technology should be related to 4th Industrial Revolution and Green Technology.
  • Doable within the constraints of the academic project duration.
  • Each cohort should consist of 3-6 participants.
  • Each participant should belong to different discipline/domain i.e. Electrical engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Algorithm Development, Industrial design, Materials, etc.
  • Some of the sample project areas which can be worked on are:

    Augmented Reality

    Augmented Reality

    Develop an application that uses augmented or virtual reality to enhance users' experiences, such as a virtual tour of a museum or an augmented reality game.

    Robotics

    Robotics

    Design and build a robotic system that can perform a specific task, such as sorting objects or assembling components.

    Autonomous Vehicles

    Autonomous Vehicles

    Design and build an autonomous vehicle that can navigate a set course and avoid obstacles.

    Renewable Energy Systems

    Renewable Energy Systems

    Develop a renewable energy system, such as solar panels, wind turbines, or hydroelectric systems, and optimize its performance

    Smart Home Automation

    Smart Home Automation

    Create a system that allows homeowners to remotely control various aspects of their homes, such as lighting, heating, and security.

    Health Monitoring Devices

    Health Monitoring Devices

    Design and develop a wearable device that can monitor health parameters, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation.

    Water Treatment Systems

    Water Treatment Systems

    Develop a water treatment system that can remove contaminants and make water safe for drinking

    Biomedical Devices

    Biomedical Devices

    Develop a medical device, such as a prosthetic limb or a drug delivery system, that can improve patients' lives.

    Internet of Things (IoT)
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    Internet of Things (IoT) Devices

    Create an IoT device, such as a smart thermostat or a home security system, that can connect to the internet and be controlled remotely.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    The NovaTechX Capstone Project leverages the Final Year Project to not only show your understanding of your domain of study but also speed up your ability to develop products over the 8-month immersive experience. It challenges participants to apply the skills and knowledge gained throughout the course to develop an innovative product that meets our rigorous eleven-point criteria. This project serves as a practical demonstration of your abilities in engineering, business understanding, product development, and collaboration.
    The Capstone Project is open to students from various backgrounds, including engineering, science, arts, and business. It is designed to accommodate individuals with diverse skills and interests who want to learn how to bring their ideas to life.
    Participants will be organized into teams of 3-6 members, fostering a collaborative environment that encourages diverse perspectives. These teams will be deliberately composed of individuals with different mindsets and areas of expertise to promote cross-learning and well-rounded skill development.
    To receive NovaTechX certification, the developed product must excel in eleven-point criteria, which encompass technical innovation, practicality, market readiness, financial viability, and more. You will also be judged based on your participation in online discussions and mentoring sessions. Our certification represents a seal of excellence and real-world applicability.
    Throughout the Capstone Project, participants will benefit from global mentorship. Industry experts and experienced professionals will guide and support teams in refining their product concepts, technical implementation, business strategies, and more. This mentorship ensures that your project aligns with real-world standards and market demands.
    The Capstone Project is designed to enhance a wide range of skills, including business understanding, financial evaluation, product development, communication, technical execution, and teamwork. By immersively participating in the development process, you will gain practical experience that goes beyond academic knowledge.
    Successful completion of the Capstone Project positions participants for various opportunities. You'll be better prepared to develop products in real-world scenarios, whether as part of an organization or as an entrepreneur. The skills you acquire will make you an attractive candidate for local and global employment or starting your own venture.
    To apply for the NovaTechX Capstone Project, your university should have an agreement in place with NovaTechX. You can see the universities that have it on our website. You can then download the application form and use it to apply. Visit our website to learn more about the enrollment process and secure your spot.
    The Capstone Project encourages team collaboration, as it offers a dynamic environment where participants can learn from each other's diverse perspectives. However, if you're interested in joining as an individual, we'll work to match you with a team that aligns with your interests and skills.
    The Capstone Project mirrors real-world product development scenarios, allowing you to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and practical application. By navigating challenges, making strategic decisions, and collaborating with a diverse team, you'll gain the experience and confidence needed to succeed in the rapidly evolving tech industry.
    NovaTechX stands out due to its holistic approach to skill development, combining technical excellence with business understanding. Our global mentorship network, emphasis on collaboration, and eleven-point certification criteria ensures that you are maximizing the applicability of what you have learnt. It is a methodical and structured program that will internalize your learning.
    The program cost is $250 per person. You can apply directly provided your university is part of the NovaTechX ecosystem, i.e., the university has an agreement in place.
    NovaTechX provides these courses at a highly subsidized rate. Nonetheless, it provides limited financial aid depending on the need. The student will have to apply and provide evidence of it.
    The program has to be paid up front.
    The university needs to be on board so that your professors are on board and the finances for executing the project are in place.
    The selection criteria are:

    • Innovative in the fourth industrial revolution domains.

    • The team should be well balanced in the domains that are needed.

    • The project should be doable in the eight-month period.

    • The funding for materials and tools should be committed by the university.

    • The professors should be on board.

    • There should be an identifiable market need.

    In case you have unique domain knowledge that is applicable to existing projects, and they have a need for that talent. You can be paired with an existing team.
    The criteria are:

    • The team should have the domain knowledge needed by the project.

    • The team should have adequate manpower to complete the project in the duration of the project.

    You can apply, and we will evangelize your idea in our ecosystem. But if the team criteria are not met, then we will not be able to move forward.
    No, it does not. The university will need to cover that.
    The nature of the project will determine if a criterion is relevant. The weighting of the collective criteria has been specified, keeping the concept proposal of the Capstone Project of NOVATECHX.

    Instructors and Mentors

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    Imran H. Khan
    Co-Founder & Instructor
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    M. Salahuddin Khan
    Co-Founder & Instructor
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    Micah Drayton
    Instructor

    About Imran H. Khan

    Mr. Imran is the President of SoftServ International Corp. He has extensive experience in designing products for communications, machine vision, video conferencing and IoT.

    He is an Avionics Engineer with a Masters in Electrical Engineering. Also, he has founded multiple successful corporations and held senior positions at leading technology companies. Additionally, his portfolio comprises of various technological developments such as Lidars, Giga Pixel Camera, Video Compression, Persistent Surveillance, Neural Human Interfaces, Multi Computing, Hardware Agnostic Streaming Architectures and Long Span IOT protocols.

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    About M. Salahuddin Khan

    Mr. Salahuddin Khan is an Aerospace engineer, with experience in automotive engineering, consumer products, and many B2B markets.

    At present, he is Chief Technology Officer at Byonyks Med Devices and Managing Partner of QMarket Corp. A product development consulting company. Formerly, he has been Chief Technology Officer and SVP of Global Marketing and Strategy at HERE Maps and Chief Technology Officer at ComputerVision Corp.

    For more information, check his

    About Micah Drayton

    Micah is the chair and partner at Caldwell’s technology group. From the inception of the firm, he has harnessed his deep technical expertise to build the prosecution practice from what started as a lone practitioner to an extensive team responsible for thousands of filings every year.

    Under the direct guidance of Micah’s leadership, the prosecution team has maintained a 99% allowance rate on all patent applications filed and an average of fewer than two office actions prior to allowance. Micah has guided the prosecution of multiple clients’ patent portfolios from initial brainstorming to multimillion dollar valuations by analyzing their engineering products, identifying advantageous inventions, and securing patent protection for those inventions. Micah has prepared, prosecuted, and overseen prosecution of applications in technology areas including aeronautics, analog, digital, and photonic circuit design, biotechnology, polymer analysis and synthesis, machine learning, natural language processing, computer security and cryptography, blockchain and non-fungible token (NFT) technology, network communication, cloud computing and SAAS, bioinformatics, internet-of-things engineering, radio frequency communication, analog and digital power regulation, medical imaging, automated manufacturing, and wearable electronic devices.

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    Certificate

    On the completion of the modules and FYP, students will be awarded a certificate of program completion.

    Evaluation Criteria to successfully receive certification:

  • Online Discussion Participation (20%)
  • Completion of assignments (10%)
  • Online mentoring session participation (10%)
  • Eleven Point Criteria (60%). Depending on the nature of the project, the weighting of the eleven point criteria would vary
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  • Achieving desired functionality
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  • Size and weight
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  • Manufacturability
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  • Documentation
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  • Environmental impact
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  • Effectiveness in meeting requirements
  • The certificate is a value addition for your profile – giving you a competitive edge in your prospective market.

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