Solert Devops wins the first ‘Tata Social Enterprise Challenge Hackathon’

Mumbai, 30th August, 2017: With an aim to combat lifestyle diseases through technology, the Tata group, recently organised the first ‘Tata Social Enterprise Challenge Hackathon’ on healthcare, at BMS College of Engineering in Bengaluru, this month. The two-day hackathon was a part of the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2017-18, a joint initiative of the Tata group with the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.

Solert Devops, the winner of the hackathonchallenge, won a cash prize of INR 10,000.   Theydeveloped a smart posture assessment device with pressure monitoring, designedespecially, for patients with bed sores. This winning team was represented by Ankit Awal,Shagun Tuli, Junaid Liyakat Menon and Harshal Khandekar. 

Some of the promisingideas came from the teams, Guardians for Health and Vaayu, thatdeveloped a device to detect heart attacks at the earliest, and a wearabledevice to alert diabetic ketoacidosis, respectively. The event was attended bya wide range of participants including students, developers, designers,entrepreneurs and innovators. 

The hackathon received over 100 entries ofwhich 35 qualified for the contest. The participants were thendivided into eight teams. On the first day, the eight teams received guidanceand counsel from mentors from impact-fund, academia, corporate and socialenterprises. The teams presented their ideas and prototypes to a panel of jurymembers on the second day.

 The jury consisted of eminent personalitiesincluding Mr. Arunava Mukhopadhyay, Vice President – IT & HeadCSR, Tata Elxsi; Dr. Ravi Ramaswamy, Sr. Director & Head,Health Systems at Philips Innovation Campus;   Dr. H.N. Suma,Professor, Dept. of Medical Electronics, BMS College of Engineering,Bangalore;  Dr. Nirod Kumar Singh, Associate Director,Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice, Frost & Sullivan;Mr. GauravKapoor, Head INVENT, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park and Mr.Vikraman Venu, CEO, IKP EDEN. 

Mr. Gaurav Kapoor, HeadINVENT, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park said, “It was a motley ofstudents, doctors, designers and coders which helped bring in a variedperspective and their synergies threw up amazing solutions for some lifestylediseases”.

 Mr. Atul Agrawal, Sr. Vice President, Corporate Affairs, TataServices said, A new dimension has been added tothe Tata Social Enterprise Challenge with the introduction of the hackathonthis year. We are pleased with the response and thank all the jury members, IIMCalcutta Innovation Park and IbHubs for the efforts, and wish all the very bestto the participants for continuing to seek innovative solutions.” 

This hackathon is being conducted in select cities totap the youth for their ideas and solutions in the Indian socialentrepreneurship eco-system. The event was organized by the IIM CalcuttaInnovation Park in association with the Tata group and IbHubs.

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