Smart India Hackathon-2020

Honorable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi addressed in virtual mode, the student participants of the grand finale of the Smart India Hackathon 2020 on 1st August. The PM interacted with students and discussed about their projects, which covered a wide spectrum of problem solving ranging from crime detection technologies to water harvesting. His mantra to students was, “Never stop three things in life – learning, questioning and solving.” 

Smart India Hackathon (SIH) is an annual event organized by MHRD’s Innovation Cell & All India Council for Technical Education, at reputed engineering colleges in the country as Nodal Centres, where student participants, industry representatives and mentors congregate to provide solutions to selected problems given by Central Government Departments, State Ministries and industries. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which restricted movement and mass gatherings throughout the country, the SIH 2020 Software Edition has been conducted in ONLINE mode. Student participants, SIH coordinators, Academia and industry evaluators have come together on a digital platform. 

From the large number of proposals received, a total of 243 problem statements were selected for the grand finale, and 1081 teams were shortlisted. A total of 40 nodal centres have been selected to conduct the SIH 2020. For the said purpose, Manipal Institute of Technology has been selected as one of the nodal centres to facilitate the SIH software edition operations and support to participants. At MIT Total 22 teams with 132 participants have competed against 6 problem statements from 3 Companies during 1st to 3rd August 2020. MIT hosted the problem statements given by BEML, Bharat Electronics Limited, NCR Corporation (India) Private Limited. Each Problem statement has a prize amount of Rs. 1 lakh, for the best solution. 

For smooth virtual conduction of the event, SIH 2020 had used SLACK tool as a primary method of communication and sharing which has workspaces provided to all nodal centres to communicate with all stakeholders by public and private channels. Along with this, the mentoring sessions and evaluation rounds happened using Microsoft Teams Meetings during all three days of the grand finale, where all 50 evaluators joined the evaluation session. As a Team, 12 faculty coordinators and 21 student coordinators had involved in conduction of the Hackathon along with IT coordinators and Social Media Coordinators headed by SPOC, Dr. Sucheta Kolekar & Dr. Vidya S. Rao, faculty of MIT, Manipal. 

Dr. Ashish Nayan, Deputy Manager, Deloitte Shared Services India, was the Chief Guest during the Inaugural Ceremony of SIH 2020, held at 8 AM on 1st August 2020 in virtual mode. Dr. Narayana Sabhahit, Registrar, MAHE, Manipal and Dr. Niranjan U.C, Director of Research, Manipal Dot Net Pvt Ltd, Manipal were the Guests of Honour. Earlier during the Ceremony, Dr. D. Srikanth Rao, Director MIT, delivered the Welcome Address. Dr. B.H.V. Pai, Joint Director, MIT, proposed the Vote of Thanks. The event was also beamed live on youtube channel. Later the grand finale SIH 2020 went on live, and continued till 10 PM of 3rd August 2020. On each day of grand finale, mentoring and evaluation were executed successfully and the evaluation scores were entered on the evaluation portal within the scheduled time by all evaluators. The entire Hackathon process was monitored by Mr. Shripad Agvekar, Vigilant Officer, MHRD’s Innovation Cell. 

The valedictory function was scheduled on 4th August evening to announce the winning teams of Smart India Hackathon 2020. The function was graced by Lt. Gen. (Dr.) M. D. Venkatesh(Rtd.), Vice Chancellor, MAHE as a Chief Guest. Dr. Niranjan Chiplunkar principal NMAMIT, Nitte and Mr. Prashant Uppunda, system architect and head of system architecture and Technology group, Siemens pvt. Ltd, were the Guests of Honour. Six winning teams were announced for each problem statements. The winning prize of Rs. 1 Lakh for each winning team is sponsored by BEML, Bharath Electronics Ltd and NCR Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd. The winning teams are: AK209: Team ARES101 for the Software - Web App development domain, AK210: Team Hydraholics for the Smart Vehicles domain, AK211: Team Worryless for Smart Vehicles, MU455: Team Positive Minds 2.0 for Software – Web App development, MU456: Team Think Again for Miscellaneous, and NH447: Team Chakravyuh for Security & Surveillance. The event was successfully conducted under the guidance of Dr. D. Srikanth Rao, Director, MIT, Dr. B.H.V. Pai, Joint Director, MIT, Manipal, Dr. Somasekara Bhat, Associate Director (Development), Dr. M. V. Kini, Associate Director (Alumni, Public and International Relations), Dr. Karunakar Kotegar, Head of DCA, Dr. Vidya Rao, Faculty of ICE Dept, Dr. Sucheta Kolekar, Faculty of ICT Dept. from MIT, Manipal.