Smart In­dia Hackathon Un­der process: kicks off in Coim­bat­ore

The DQWeek (Chennai) - - REGIONAL NEWS - DQW NEWS BU­REAU Coim­bat­ore

With more than 10,000 de­vel­op­ers from var­i­ous cities of the coun­try, In­dia is host­ing the largest hackathon of the world. ‘Smart In­dia Hackathon’, a com­pe­ti­tion to build an in­no­va­tive dig­i­tal busi­ness model solv­ing a so­cial prob­lem ex­ist­ing in In­dia, was kicked off at Sri Kr­ishna Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy in Coim­bat­ore re­cently.

In the 36-hours non­stop dig­i­tal pro­gram­ming com­pe­ti­tion, de­vel­op­ers tried to find so­lu­tions to the prob­lems iden­ti­fied by 29 min­istries and de­part­ments of the gov­ern­ment. They iden­ti­fied 598 prob­lems to 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.

Projects like farmer­re­tailer in­ter­face to pre­vent in­ter­me­di­aries in the food pro­cess­ing min­istry, ticket check­ing sys­tem in civil avi­a­tion min­istry, im­prove­ment of road and trans­port fa­cil­ity in sur­face trans­port min­istry, check­ing of steel, soil and wa­ter qual­ity in re­spec­tive de­part­ments and man­an­i­mal con­flict are some of the top­ics that are given to the de­vel­op­ers. The so­lu­tions should be func­tional ei­ther by a mo­bile app or a through desk­top. The aim is to cre­ate a “per­ma­nent plat­form to har­vest the cre­ativ­ity and en­ergy of the youth di­rectly for na­tion build­ing.”

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