Ideas un­lim­ited, for a bet­ter to­mor­row


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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

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