i5 - Ignite Imagination & Inspire Iconic Innovations

One of the most anticipated events of 2022 was Ignite Imaginations & Inspire Iconic Innovations (i5) conducted by the IEEE Signal Processing Society Kerala Chapter along with the four most recognized Society Chapters of the IEEE Kerala Section including IEEE Education Society, IEEE Communication Society, IEEE Robotics and automation society and IEEE IA/IE/PELS Joint chapter, in collaboration with IEEE MEA SB. I5 was a three-day National Technical Convention from 14th – 16th October 2022 at the MEA Engineering College, Perinthalmanna, India. The primary aim of the event was to provide a platform for the students to top their potential and unravel their quiescent talents.

Through the Event

Inaugural Ceremony

The Inaugural Ceremony was conducted on 14th October 2022 at 9:15 AM IST. The ceremony was blessed with the presence of prominent personalities like Dr. Rajasree M S, Former Vice Chancellor of APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University,
Dr. Sameer S M, Secretary of IEEE Region 10, Prof. Muhammed Kasim S, General Chair of i5 & Vice Chair of IEEE Kerala Section, Dr. M V Rajesh, Chair of IEEE Kochi Sub Section, Dr. Bijuna Kunju, Chair of IEEE IA/IE/PELS Jt. Chapter Kerala, Dr. Shamna H R, Chair of IEEE ComSoc Kerala Chapter, Dr. Nandakumar R Nandanam, Chair of IEEE RAS Kerala Chapter, Dr. Leesha Paul, Vice Chair of IEEE EdSoc Kerala Chapter, Dr. G Ramesh, Principal of MEA Engineering College, Perinthalmanna and Mr. Jamsheer Ahmad P, Counselor of IEEE MEA Student Branch. The event was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of APJ Abdul Kalam Kerala Technological University(KTU) Dr. Rajasree M S. After the inauguration ceremony, IEEE Region 10 secretary Dr. Sameer S M addressed the audience. The Chair of IEEE IA/IE/PELS Jt Chapter Kerala Dr. Bijuna Kunju delivered the welcome address and Vice Chairperson of IEEE Kerala Section and the general chair of i5 Dr. Muhammed Kasim S delivered the presidential address. The principal of MEA Engineering College Dr. G Ramesh delivered the felicitation address. IEEE MEA Student Branch Chairperson Mr. Muhammad Salah delivered the vote of thanks.

After the inauguration ceremony Dr. Sameer S M, Secretary of IEEE Region 10 and Professor at NIT Calicut, delivered a Keynote Address on the topic How to crack campus recruitment opportunities. The Speaker made very clear points regarding how to take advantage of campus recruitment chances. The session was very interesting and gave delegates information about how to utilize campus recruitment opportunities.

Then Dr Bijuna. M, chair of IE/IA/PELS Jt chapter Kerala led a talk session on the topic of problem-solving, and the session was one hour. The session was very helpful and interesting for the participants. They have got more ideas on the topic. The speaker has well shared all their experiences and all the knowledge about it. The way of presentation was so nice. The talk session improved the creative problem-solving skills of the delegates.

Following that, five workshop sessions were parallelly organized for the participants in the in-demand domains of the industry. These sessions were provided by the top-notch industries in the country. The various tracks that were offered to the participants were are follows; Augmented Reality Filter Development workshop by TutAR, Design, and Development of Power Electronics System workshop by Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC), MATLAB for Modern Engineers workshop by MathWorks, Electronic Product Design And Development workshop by GadgEon and The World of Brain-Computer Interface workshop by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). These training sessions spanned 10 hours and were organized specifically to cultivate an active learning culture among the participants.

   Along with that, to engage the participants, a networking session integrated with a treasure-hunting competition was also organized. This competition enabled the participants to build up their connections with their fellow attendees and gave them real-world exposure to teamwork.

Day 2

Along with the workshop session, a talk session on Intelligent Chips with Neuro-Memristive Systems was facilitated by Prof Alex James, Professor of AI Hardware at the School of Electronic Systems and Automation, Dean (Academic) at Digital University Kerala, and the Founding Chair of IEEE CASS Kerala Chapter. Through this session, he provided an overview of the Neuro-Memristive Systems and their possibilities. After the talk sessions, the workshops continued in the respective domains. As part of these workshop sessions, a competition was also arranged on that day for the participants. The winners of these competitions were awarded a prize pool as well. 

The third industrial talk session was held under Dr.Thomas George, Director of Lead college of management, PKD on the topic Manager v/s Leader. This session was interactive and an energy booster for delegates. The attendees of this session got a clear cut vision about who is a leader and Manager.

After the workshop-based hackathon, a panel discussion was organized by the IEEE YP Kerala Section from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM IST. Prof. Nandan S, Chair of the IEEE Young Professional Kerala Section, initiated this session on the criteria which we need to focus on getting into a company. In his note, he pointed out the need for self-preparation and maintaining good quality communication and body language. He also emphasized the importance of internship and skill development rather than mere academics. Further, he pointed out that projects and certifications also play a significant role in our recruitment to the respective companies.


Finally, Mr. Shone Jose, VSAC Malabar Hub IEEE Kerala Section, followed up on what both speakers conveyed. In his note, he presented his views on the employment phase in the coming future and how the pandemic has shaped it. In support of that, he requested everyone to be concerned about placement-related matters since Corona had created a massive decline in employment opportunities.

Following his session, Ms. Pooja Haridas, Jt. Secretary of  IEEE Young Professional Kerala Section, initiated discussion on how to build an effective resume. In her address, she provided a detailed overview of the step-by-step procedure for creating an ideal resume from building skills to presenting them. According to her, what we need to focus on is the description provided by the companies and building a perfect resume for those specifications.

Day 3

On the third day of i5, a talk session was handled by Dr. M V Rajesh on the topic Fighting Data Bias & Ethical AI – a Collective Responsibility. The speaker made the delegates aware of the Data Bias in machine learning and Ethical AI. The speaker also pointed out the ways to fight Data bias and Ethical AI and highlighted the importance of collective responsibility in fighting Data Bias and Ethical AI.


Along with that Dr. K Kesavasamy, Adviser of IEEE EdSoc Kerala Chapter organized a session on Software Engineering in Life, the session held by Mr. Kesawswamy, struck the perfect balance between informative and interactive. He delivered such a useful and engaging session.


Er. C M Varughese, CEO of Ever Green Energy Technologies, and Chair of IEEE EdSoc Kerala Chapter arranged a session on Setting up an Entrepreneurship. The speaker explained his topic in a fascinating and really sensible way. The value of entrepreneurship was recognised by the delegates.


Mr. Abhinav R, YP Activities Chair of IEEE Education Society Kerala Chapter facilitated an Experience-Sharing Session regarding his Engineering Life as well. The speaker used engaging and extremely practical methods to explain his subject. He has written about his experiences in a way that is both fascinating and helpful to the delegates. 

Closing Ceremony

The three day long event finally concluded on 16th of october with a closing ceremony filled with the indelible memories of delegates and volunteers . Delegates provided their remarks on the event and the feedback of their overall experience.They are grateful for the amenity of volunteers and the excellent speakers and cheerful culturals. Volunteers specially mentioned the spirited participation of delegates. The participation certifications are distributed to the delegates and volunteers . The event was enthusiastic and sparky which enhanced the passion and skills of emerging engineers.