Hackathon Spurs Innovation

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar urged thousands of students of technology across the country to think, study, discuss and come out with ideas to solve the many real problems that the country faced.

“Last year we had 40,000 participants and the event resulted in 19 solutions. This is what the new India is all about. We will find our solutions, we will innovate,” Mr.Javadekar said.

Union Minister Mr.Javadekar was addressing the Third edition of Smart India Hackathon (SIH-2019), which  kicked-off on 2 March. SIH was the world’s biggest hackathon.

Addressing the participants from JECRC University at Jaipur through video conferencing, he said this is the digital hackathon, a hardware hackathon will be organised in June,” Mr. Javadekar said adding students participation and success in hackathon would be recognized in future and they would be given credit points for the same.

R.Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Ministry of HRD and Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, were present at the inaugural program with the minister at Jaipur.

Referring to India’s contribution to the IT sector worldwide, Mr. Javadekar said he once asked Bill Gates of Microsoft fame as to why he recruited so many Indian techies.

Mr.Gates replied that if he did not, then the Indian students would create another Microsoft in India.

Thousands of students of technology across the country joined the final round of a 36-hour non-stop digital event seeking solutions to myriad problems faced by government organizations, private institutions and the society at large.

Initiated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Inter Institutional Inclusive Innovation Center (i4c) and Persistent Systems, the nationwide non-stop competition, SIH-2019 had over two lakh participants initially.

But it had been narrowed down to 14,000 students who were attending the program at 48 nodal centres across India including at the SOA (Deemed to be University) here.

The SIH-2019 at SOA centre was sponsored by the union ministry of Road Transport and Highways where 288 students representing 36 teams were participating.

At the SOA nodal centre, the Vice-Chancellor  Amit Banerjee, Dean Research and Development, Pradipta Kumar Nanda and Director,  Manas Kumar Mallick were present at the inauguration.

The initiative is expected to harness creativity and expertise of students, spark institution level hackathons, build funnel for ‘Start-up India’ campaign, crowd source solutions for improving governance and quality of life and provide opportunity to citizens to come up with innovative solutions to address India’s daunting problems.

The themes for SIH-2019 include smart communication, healthcare and biomedical devices, agriculture and rural development, smart vehicles, food technology, robotics and drones, waste management, clean water, renewable energy, security and surveillance and technology ideas in tertiary sectors like hospitality, financial services, entertainment, tourism and retail.

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