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CATC was one among 26 locations for ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’, where 54 teams from across India participated for the 36 hour event, with students formulating inimitable ideas for improving governance and coming up with innovative solutions for India’s daunting problems. The event has been going on since November 2017, and nearly 3 lakh students from across the country were brought in to the scheme of things making them aware of the problems and issues in different government departments.
On behalf of Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA), 43 problem statements were thrown to students for which more than 350 ideas from teams of young IT students were received and after preliminary evaluation, teams were shortlisted for the Grand Finale.
The ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’which focused primarily at tapping the creativity and expertise of students got to a grand opening with Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister for Human Resource Development, announcing the start of Hackathon 2017 through a video speech. The Hackathon got a further boost later in the day with Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India addressing and interacting with the participants via video conferencing. He highlighted the importance of technology, research & innovation and why it is essential to embrace them in this century.
The participant teams worked under the guidance of their mentor, two for each team, suggesting workable solution for the problems presented. There were 12 evaluators present from different government departments including Airports Authority of India (AAI) and All India Council for Higher Education (AICTE) evaluating the performance of teams.
On the second day of the event, after several rounds of evaluation,the Board of evaluators shortlisted 8 teams from amongst 54 teams. In the final round of evaluation each teams were provided with 10 minutes time for presentation of their respective model.
The ‘Navpravartak’ team from Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi was declared winner of the ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’ for their model “Geo-fencing box of the Airport” a hardware cum software solution which prevents unauthorized drones entering into the airport premises and that will help further enhance the Airport Security. They received a cheque of Rs.100000/- from Shri. Anil Srivastava,joint Secretary, MOCA.
Team ‘Coders Inc’. from BVCCE, Delhi was declared First Runners-up for their model “Airport Automated Guiding Sys-
tem”, AAS as its name in Hindi suggests, is born by the desire to digitize India and take one of its most important areas and automate it. They received a cheque of Rs.75, 000/- from Shri I.N. Murthy Member (OPS), AAI.
Team ‘Horizon’ from Delhi college of Engineering which provided a model for ‘Throughput calculation system’ for the airport was Second Runners - up. They received a cheque of Rs.50, 000 from Shri Suyash Narain, Director, MOCA. Fi r s t Inspirational prize went to team ‘Crafty’ from Bharti Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Delhi which modelled an Incident report submission system. They received a cheque of Rs.10,000/- from Shri S.V. Sathish, Executive Director (IT & Aviation Safety), AAI. The Innovation award of Rs.10, 000, was given to team ‘Minions’ from G.H. Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur. During the prize distribution ceremony, Shri Abhijit Vicharey, AICTE Coordinator and Shri Keshav Sharma, Principal, CATC were also present with the dignitaries on the dias.
‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’, a unique initiative intended to promote innovation and out-of-the-box thinking in young minds, especially engineering students is initiated by All India Council for Higher Education (AICTE), under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resources Development(mhrd) and in collaboration with i4c, Persistent Systems, NASSCOM and Rambhau Mhalgi Pabodin (RMP).THE Ministry of Civil Aviation was a Premier Partner in this event. A part of Prime Minister Modi’s Digital India Initiative, the Smart India Hackathon focused on the problems of social importance identified by 29 ministries and departments of the government. A total number of 598 problems were identified for which 7,531 teams of approximately 42,000 students responded to. Of them, 1,266 teams of 10,000 participants were shortlisted for the finale. The digital solutions that panned out of the Hackathon is expected to improve the functioning of different government departments. The organisers of Hackathon firmly believe that students are the medium of change in the country and with them the digital divide can be bridged. Smart India Hackathon 2017 would be the first massive scale hackathon initiative in India,so far unprecedented in our nation’s history that many countries can replicate.
Neeraj Kumar Srivastava AGM(CNS), CATC, Allahabad.
Shri S.V. Satish, ED (It/aviation safety) lighting the lamp of Smart India Hackathon 2017, in the presence Shri Keshav Sharma, Principal (CATC, Allahabad) and Shri M.L. Chakraborty, GM (CNS-P)
Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressing the Smart India Hackathon 2017
During the Smart India Hackathon 2017 session
The ‘Navpravartak’ team from Jamia Milia Islamia, winner of Smart India Hackathon 2017
Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble HRD Minister inaugurating Smart India Hackathon 2017 through video link