Published: 09th December 2020
Big Dream Idea is THE place for young innovators to get together and discuss new innovative ideas
Big Dream Idea was set up by an engineering student who aims to bring student innovators together to discuss their ideas and make them come true
When the idea of a classroom completely transformed before students could comprehend it, it led to more problems than virtual learning could fix. Ask Vinaykrishnan V Vinod, a fourth-year student of Civil Engineering from KMEA Engineering College in Aluva. When he was safely surrounded by his peers and professors, he remembers building a miniature bridge in his campus which won him many accolades at their tech fest. But when he was quarantined at home, his mind was flooding with ideas and no platform to raise or discuss them at.
"I was used to working together with other students and building things like that," he says, "I tried to watch YouTube tutorials but it wasn't enough. So I added some students from my own college who I knew would be able to help on a WhatsApp group and that's the closest I could come to recreating the way things used to be done. Thanks to this, within a few weeks' time, I was successfully able to bring two of my ideas to fruition and help people through them."
PEDAL UP: Vinay created a pedal-operated sanitiser dispenser which is
being used in hospitals around the state
Vinaykrishnan has built an automated and mechanical sanitiser dispenser. While one can sense your hand and release the sanitiser automatically, the other is controlled by a pedal. These were appreciated widely by the people around him and even distributed in government hospitals in Paravur and Ernakulam in September. He was so thankful for having like-minded individuals who helped him bring his ideas to life, that he decided to take it one step forward. He created the platform Big Dream Idea on Facebook and Instagram for student innovators to come together and discuss their ideas.
Vinaykrishnan says, "Right now, there are many engineering colleges in the state just like ours. And each of the students there must have a thousand great ideas. Why should we be limited to that small space or circle around us when we can always help each other out and make the ideas grow in that way. If someone has a brilliant idea but does not have the know-how to make it happen, my platform is for them."
Currently, word has already spread among the students in KMEA about what the Big Dream Idea can offer. But Vinaykrishnan hopes that the platform will benefit engineering students from all over Kerala. He says, "There are many students like me who have pending work. This is to inspire them to complete them and to build a community where good ideas are always welcome." What Vinaykrishnan describes as a 'community of the future' is his best idea yet!