Smart India Hackathon is an effort to improve innovation by encouraging students to apply knowledge to real-life situations and find innovative solutions smartly. Skilled and innovative workforce is the key to development for a nation. This event aims to find digital solutions to solve 598 social problems identified by 29 government departments.
The initiative to aspire our young minds at PIET to join hands with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative was taken by Dr. K.K Paliwal (Director, PIET). A panel headed by Dr. S.C Gupta (Chairperson, CSE/IT) and Dr. Vikram Bali (HOD, CSE) was constituted to make the students aware about this event. Various programmes, seminars, discussions were conducted for the students to discuss and focus on the problem areas. A time of 15 days were given to the students to prepare the presentation and the basic idea of the project to be implemented.
Nearly 25 teams from the institute came up with the identified problem statement, proposed methodology and expected results. All these students were allocated mentors from the institute. The training sessions for these teams were conducted by the experts from industries and education sector. These sessions were conducted to support the students technically, answer their queries and give the best possible solution to the identified problem In addition, an insight to latest technologies and trends were also given to the students. Full support in terms of guidance, technical and cognitive ability was provided to these teams by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
After the several rounds of training, the teams came up with the final proposed solution and various resource persons from top MNCs were invited to judge these teams.
Out of 25, only 3 teams were shortlisted to send their ideas to the event. A total of 7531 ideas were received by the Ministry of Skill development and entrepreneurship. 1,266 teams of 10,000 participants from 28 states were shortlisted for the finale.
Team from PIET was also selected and they were invited for the finale round. The team was named after the famous scientist Dr. C.V Raman as “TEAM RAMAN”. This team was mentored by Mr. Shiraz Khurana (A. P, CSE) and Mr. Surjeet Kumar ( A. P, CSE). The students of the Team are Chirag Makkar (CSE III year) , Anshul Sharma (CSE III year), Lokesh Manchanda(CSE III year), Harshit Sharma,(CSE III year) Lakshay Chhabra,(CSE II year) Aditya Chakravarty (CSE II year).
For 36 hours, the selected groups were locked to find the digital solutions for the problem statements by creating software or mobile apps. The end products were then evaluated by the judges from the respective ministry and industry experts.
Team RAMAN, PIET came up with National Enterpreneurship Internship Exchange Software. They have attained second position all over India for the designed software. They have also won a cash prize of Rs. 75,000. This software is provided to the Ministry of skill Development and Entrepreneurship to improve their governance systems. The winners will form the Community of Innovative Minds and they will work in collaboration with the Ministry.
TEAM RAMAN was given a warm welcome from PIET family.