On 11TH January 2017, five students of III MCA and one faculty member Ms. Nisha Sharma of Department of Computer Applications had gone to New Horizon College of Engineering to attend a awareness workshop for SMART INDIA HACKATHON 2018 conducted by AICTE.

Dignitaries for the programs were :

  • Dr.H.Siddalingaswamy ,Director in e-Governance Cell AICTE
  • Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe the present chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
  • Ramesh Unnikrishnan - AICTE's South Western Regional Director
  • Dr. T.G.Sitharam is a KSIIDC Chair Professor in the area of Energy and Mechanical Sciences
  • Pratap Sinha from Persistent system.

Smart India Hackathon 2018 is a non-stop digital product development competition, where problems are posed to technology students for innovative solutions. It :

  • Harnesses creativity & expertise of students
  • Sparks institute-level hackathons
  • Builds funnel for ‘Startup India’ campaign
  • Crowdsources solutions for improving governance and quality of life
  • Provides opportunity to citizens to provide innovative solutions to India’s daunting problems

Smart India Hackathon 2018 will have 2 sub-editions – Software as well as Hardware:

  • Software Edition will be 36 hour software product development competition, similar in concept to Smart India Hackathon 2017
  • The new Hardware Edition will be a hackathon where teams will be work for 5 straight days and build their hardware solutions. This competition would be limited to only 5 nodal centers with 20-25 teams each

Glimpse of The Smart India Hackathon 2017

It  promoted innovation, out-of-the-box thinking in young minds, especially engineering students. It was focused on the problems of social importance as identified by 29 Ministries/Departments of Government of India.The problem statements identified by the Ministries/Departments were placed on the MyGov website, inviting students (in groups of 6 students with at least one female student and two mentors) to come forward to send ideas and outlines of a possible solution.As many as 7531 entries were received from 2100 colleges.

The Grand Finale was held on April 1 & 2, 2017 in 26 different nodal centers across India, each location being hand held by one Department/Ministry of Govt. of India. During the Finale, the selected groups worked for 36 hours continuously from 8 am on April 1, 2017 till 8 pm on April 2, 2017 and complete digital solutions for the problem statements through programming to create computer software or a mobile app. Hon PM spoke to the participants at 10 p.m. on 1st April 2017 through video conference.

It was a very good and motivating session for the students .