SMART INDIA HACKATHON 2018 CONDUCTED BY AICTE

Date:11-01-2018

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 .