Imagine a place where people work on building futuristic prototypes using bleeding edge technology and quickly move on to cooler tech, avoiding time-sinks to focus on innovative ideas. Members of the lab have worked on projects spanning Deep Learning (Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence), Human-Computer Interaction (AR/VR), Computational Biology, Electrical Systems, Cryptocurrency (Blockchains/Cryptography) and Internet of Things. Next Tech Lab is completely student-led and has no faculty incharge.
Next Tech Lab is a proven successful experiment in student-led innovation. Starting off at SRM University in Kattankulathur, the lab has an impeccable track record of winning Hackathons, publishing in top journals and prototyping unprecedented ideas, receiving validation and guidance from the finest Professors around the world. Next Tech Lab is the only organisation from India to win the QS Reimagine Education 2018 award for their work in pioneering the student-led innovation lab model in India. The award was presented to the founders of Next Tech Lab by Nunzio Quacquarelli at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Next Tech Lab provides a platform for students to learn, research and implement their ideas and develop their skills to disrupt industries and build companies of the future.
During their internship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the MIT Media Lab, US, Anshuman Pandey and Aditthya Ramakrishnan got intrigued by the antidisciplinary nature of research culture followed there. Inspired by a conversation with Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan about his hope for a reverse brain-drain, they penned down the initial concept of Next Tech Lab for the Indian academic environment a couple of months later. First-of-its-kind, it is a student-run, multi-disciplinary lab housed at two locations: SRM University, Andhra Pradesh and SRM IST. The lab has a board of advisors including professors and researchers from academia and industry. A few of their affiliations include : MIT, Google Brain, Cambridge University, Harvard University etc.
Prof. Rohan Abeyaratne, MIT had the following to say about Next Tech Lab when he visited. “ I met some extraordinary undergraduate students of yours, and they impressed me so greatly that I haven't stopped talking about them yet. I applaud you for mentoring students in this way”, he said”