Workshop on Smart India Hackathon 2018 for New India

Date: 12.01.2018 :Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, envisages a Digital India to bridge the digital divide in our country and further promote digital literacy in order to make development a comprehensive mass movement and put governance within everyone’s reach in India. In order to work towards PM’s vision, MHRD, AICTE, i4C, and Persistent Systems are proud to propose the 2nd edition of this initiative – Smart India Hackathon 2018.More than 45 Union Ministries & Departments and 18 State Governments have provided various problem statements for finding solutions through the involvement of youth during Smart India Hackathon-2018. To create awareness about the Hackathon among the student community, 17 workshops are being conducted from 8th to 11th January, in various states of India. A workshop on Smart India Hackathon 2018 was conducted for participating students at S.P.Mandali’s Prin.L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management (WeSchool) campus recently. Dignitaries like Dr Amit Dutta, Regional Officer, AICTE, WRO Mumbai, Mr Vivek Kulkarni, Chief Architect, Persistent Systems and Prof Dr Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, WeSchool addressed the gathering of large number of students to create awareness about the importance of participating in this nation building activity.

While addressing thestudent community, Dr. Amit Dutta,Regional Officer, AICTE, WRO Mumbai said, “We as a regulator arementoring institutions and students to make their campus life better and givethem more exposure in the practical application of their education. It is ourconstant endeavor to create initiatives that will encourage the youth to comeforward and become an integral part of nation building initiatives


Prof Dr Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, WeSchool said, “I would like to congratulate the students whohave taken this huge step towards nation building. The purpose of thishackathon is to get innovative ideas from the young talent pool across India tosolve real life problems faced by various ministries, departments at the centeras well as state and we are certain that the knowledge, skill sets andteam-work experience that you will gain through such initiatives will be a lifechanging experience and will help you in furthering your career in the times tocome.” To provide guidance about the registration and participation, a detailedpresentation was made by Mr VivekKulkarni, Chief Architect, Persistent Systems post whichhe also answered queries posed by the students during a Q&A. He said, “Itis a first and only kind of crowd sourcing platform that we have created, whichis meant for Indians to solve Indian problems. The difference between theearlier Hackathon and this one is that the process doesn’t end with winning thecompetition but actually begins as the workable prototypes created by the youthcould be taken forward and turned into final products.”


Last year, SmartIndia Hackathon 2017 (Software Competition) was initiated for the first time.Around 50 thousand talented students participated in the competition. The eventwas organized at 25 centers across country. Around 50 solutions, as an outcomeof the event were recognized by Govt. of India. Hardware Competition has beingadded in Smart India Hackathon-2018. The last date for  Softwarecompetition is 15th January, 2018 and Hardware competition 31st January,2018. Students of Engineering, Management and MCA can participate in thesecompetitions. The Software competition will be conducted for continuous 36hours and Hardware competition will be for 5 days. 340 problems are availablefor Software competition and 68 problems for Hardware competition. The studentscan submit their Ideas on


Prizes for differentcategories at each center are: first prize Rs. 1 lac, first runner-up Rs.75,000 and second runner-up Rs. 50,000. Around one lakh students are expectedto participate this year in the event.

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