Faridabad students win Microsoft’s ‘Olympics of Technology’ with automated anti-pollution and drug delivery mask

Imagine cup, Microsoft, Microsoft imagine cup, Student innovation, innovation, faridabad1. The smart anti-pollution mask developed by the team is named Caeli’, which means air’ in Latin.

2. The automated anti-pollution and drug delivery mask is especially designed for asthmatic and chronic respiratory patients.

3. The device has a few breakthrough features and aims to make life easier for respiratory patients living in polluted areas like in north India and especially in the Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR).

How can the anti-pollution mask be used for bigger projects?

“At a time when air pollution is a big concern in various countries including India, we are collecting the real-time air pollution data that can be used by relevant stakeholders and the Indian government. They can integrate our application programme interfaces (APIs) into their projects and gain more insights,” Aakash Bhadana from the ‘Caeli’ team told IANS.

“Our aim is now to collaborate with right stakeholders and take the ‘made in India’ products (which also includes a pocket-sized nebulizer) to the market,” said Bhadana.

More about the Microsoft Imagine Cup

1. Considered as the ‘Olympics of Technology’, Imagine Cup is a global annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft.

2. More than 1.65 million students from over 190 countries have participated in the Microsoft Imagine Cup in the last 10 years.

3. There were three Indian teams among the 12 Asia finalists at the Microsoft Imagine Cup this year.

4. The other two teams were from Vellore Institute of Technology in Tamil Nadu, and RV College of Engineering in Bangalore.

5. The VIT team developed a device called ‘Spot’ which allows one to recognise packaged foods and check if it contains a certain ingredient or exhibits a certain character.


Students from Faridabad-based Manav Rachna Institute of Research and Studies have made the country proud by winning the Microsoft Imagine Cup Asia Regional Semifinals held in Sydney on Tuesday. The three-member team developed an automated anti-pollution and drug delivery mask and with this win, they are one step closer to the grand prize of $100,000 at the world championship finals in the US.