Women secure top 3 places in IIT-KGP Smart India Hackathon
Three all-women teams emerged as the winner and two runners-up at the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2018 Hardware Edition at the IIT Kharagpur. The theme of the Hackathon at IIT-KGP was Agriculture/Agro-electronics sector. The institute was one of the 10 nodal centers across India for the Hackathon, each having different themes for contending teams and would have their own winners. Here's more.
While "Whistling Cookers" team of the Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women, Coimbatore, was declared the winner at the IIT-KGP, first runner-up, Team Buddies, was from the same institution, IIT KGP said. The second runner-up was "Team Askurvara" from the Silicon Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar. The winning team designed a prototype for "non-destructive estimation of sugar content of fruits using visible-light imaging", the institution said.
The winning teams won cash prizes of Rs. 100,000, Rs. 75,000, and Rs. 50,000 respectively. The event at IIT-KGP saw innovations in smart drip irrigation, technology-powered mechanical harvesters and soil testing and cost-effective detection of the status of fruits and vegetables. They were among the total 150 short-listed teams in the final round as the rest 141 competed at other nodal centers.
The Smart India Hackathon 2018 Hardware Edition was initiated by the Ministry of HRD to provide a national platform to young technical minds to showcase their innovations in devising products which can bring about significant changes in sectors like agriculture, health, clean water, waste management, automotive, smart communication, and education. The event was inaugurated on June-18 by Union HRD minister, Prakash Javadekar through video-conferencing.