The global technology company, KPIT Technologies, specializing in product engineering and IT consulting, in partnership with the government has planned to organize the Smart India Hackathon, 2018. It is the world’s largest nation-building initiative that connects genius minds of the youth with digital products to solve country’s determined problems.
Smart India Hackathon, in its second year, has two editions. The grand finale of the Software edition will be a 36-hour software product development competition, to be held on March 30 and 31, whereas the newly-introduced hardware edition, scheduled in June, will entail the teams working five straight days to build their hardware solutions.
Ravi Pandit, co-founder, Chairman and Group CEO, KPIT, said: “We believe that the young technical talent in India will be pivotal in transforming the country’s innovation and start-up landscape by providing solutions that drive social inclusivity and sustainability. Smart India Hackathon gives a great platform to the youth to accelerate such a change.”
As part of the partnership, KPIT will be responsible to ensure smooth execution of the final event of the software edition at the nodal center in Noida. Its volunteers were also involved in the initial screening of the entries received for the competition. Furthermore, it will also confer the KPIT Inspiration Award to the teams ranking sixth at each of the 28 centers nationally hosting the finale.
KPIT, which brings profound expertise in developing clean and intelligent technologies for the automotive industry, will be steering the automotive and smart vehicle segment of the hardware edition. BVR Subbu, auto industry veteran and a Board of Director at KPIT will be chairing the evaluation committee of the segment.
The Smart India hackathon witnessed participation from 27 Central ministries/ departments, and 17 State governments, which have sent around 340 problem statements. In the finals, 1296 teams will be participating comprising of students from engineering, management, and Masters in Computer Applications background.
Courtesy: The Pioneer