The Smart India Hackathon, 2019 provides a platform to tech-aspirants for generating solutions to challenges of city life through product innovation and inculcate a mindset of problem-solving.
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad hosted the Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2019 on its campus from 8th to 12th July 2019. It is a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform to solve some of the pressing problems face in the daily lives of the people and inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem-solving.
The SIH is a unique open innovation model for identifying new and disruptive technology innovations to solve the challenges faced in our country. The SIH nodal center at IIT Hyderabad includes nine teams from all over India consisting of six team members, each with two mentors. Major companies such as NALCO (National Aluminium Company Limited), Cognizant, Kokuyo Camlin and ANIK proposed problem statements for the Event.
All the participants built a working prototype within these five days for the problem statement. Aarohan (AISSMS College of Engineering, Pune), G-TECH (C.V.Raman College of Engineering, Odisha), The Turings (University Institute Of Engineering and Technology, Chandigarh), TechEEE1 (Sri Sivasubrmaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Chennai) won the event.
Speaking about the same, Dr. GVV Sharma, faculty coordinator for the event stated that “IIT Hyderabad has been one of the nodal centres hosting the Grand Finale of the Hardware Edition of the Smart India Hackathon 2019. The Hackathon has been a nonstop five day event where participating teams from all over India have built prototypes to give solutions to problem statements provided by various ministries and companies.”
Further, Dr. Sharma added that the Industry experts mentored a total of 9 teams working round the clock on diverse projects in areas such as drought control and ocean cleaning. Mentors were guiding teams with design, practicality, and optimization of the ideas. A panel of judges evaluated each team daily. A number of engaging cultural events like Zumba, fun games, dance and yoga were conducted in order to keep participants fresh and active.
Speaking about their experience in this event, Mr. Paarth Arkadi, Team Techonovators, VESIT, Mumbai, said, “It fueled our creativity. We learned a lot. It was a very competitive but productive environment. We were pushed to our limits to obtain the optimum result.”
Nisha Akole, the Technical Co-ordinator at SIH said that she got to interact personally with higher officials from various domains. It was a steep learning curve going through the five days and overall, she had a truly enriching experience.