A nation moves forward with the active participation of its youth. In its endeavour to harness creativity, hone expertise among its student population, spark institute level solutions in real time situations, crowd source ways to improve governance and quality of life and provide citizens to give innovative solutions to country’s problems the Smart India Hackathon was conceived. This year it’s the third edition of its Software Edition initiated by All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE) under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in collaboration with i4c, MyGov, Persistent Systems, MIC, DEVENT, Deloitte, Cisco, KPIT and Suma Soft along with several Union Ministries as partners.
“It is indeed an honour and a matter of immense pride to be able to organize the grand finale of this very exciting and innovative large scale event that has participation from talents from all across our nation. Simultaneously across 49 nodal centres across India, 1350 teams comprising 10800 + students will be competing nonstop for 36 hours during the Grand Finale to come up with digital solutions to the problem statements. Such exposures foster a spirit of excellence, competition and confidence in students”, stated Sardar Taranjit Singh, Managing Director, JIS Group.
“Smart India Hackathon 2019 is a digital product development competition involving all technological institutes in India with a reach of approximately 200,000 students. This competition is a great exercise that challenges students to think out of the box ideas and innovate on smart applications development that will help addressing major real time problems in our country”, stated Prof (Dr.) Santanu Kr Sen, Nodal Principal GNIT, Smart India Hackathon 2019.
“Since hacking is a common security concern, the hack word in Hackathon was conceived as an antidote measure to combat the threat of hacking and since it’s a cause for innovation that spans over 36 hours like a marathon, so the name Hackathon came into being. When it was first started it was only a software event but now it’s both software and hardware that are involved. Though earlier there was only involvement of the government but this year over 90 industries and MNC companies have been involved, along with 18 central ministries. The MHRD has kept prize money of Rupees 1 lakh for the first team, 75,000 for the second and 50,000 for the third team. 12 teams from our GNIT participated this year and two have made it to the finale stage. Each nodal centre comprises of 8-10 jury persons. Our teams had gone to the two nodal centres at Noida and Bhubaneswar. In the finale 31 teams are coming to GNIT this year. Usually the cost is borne by MHRD, AICTE and the Nodal centres. Each team includes 6 students and two professors and the official site for this Hackathon 2019 is www.sih.gov.in, he added, while addressing a press meet on 28th February, 2019.
“ We are delighted that we have been chosen not only for the third time to be a nodal centre but also to be the only other institute in West Bengal to have the honour of organizing Smart India Hackathon 2019 along with IIT, KGP. We wish all the participants the very best and look forward to great success stories, stated Mr. Bidyut Majumdar, GM, JIS Group.
The inauguration of the grand finale will start off at the GNIT campus on 2nd March at 7:35 a.m. The Chief Guest would be Major General Shresh Bhattacharya. . Also present through video speeches will be Dr.Anand Deshpande,Chairman and MD, Persistent Systems and also Co –Chair of organizing committee Smart India Hackathon, Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, ShriPrakashJavadekar, Honourable Minister of HRD. The Grand Finale will go live at 8:25 a.m. The final day on 3rd March would have Prof (Dr) Phalguni Gupta, Director, NITTTR(National Institute of Technical Teacher’s Training and Research , Kolkata) as the Guest of Honour.