Smart India Hackathon 2019 valedictory press release

Hardware Hackathon concludes with call to student driven start ups to understand pain of customers

SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur campus, Kancheepuram district:

With India lagging behind in hardware development even as it has progressed by leaps and bounds in software, the Smart India Hackathon Hardware edition, 2019 held  at the signature FabLab of  the SRM Institute of Science and Technology was a significant event.

The winners were Team Livonian from Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Erode, Team Whack1 from Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Engineering, Delhi, Team Sangili Thalavaadu from Kumaraguau College of Technology, Coimbatore and Team Trinetra from Madanapalle Institute of
Science and Technology, Chittoor. The teams were presented cheques of Rs one lakh each and trophies. Ten teams participated to find solutions to problem statements given by Apollo Hospitals, Tata Steel, Aurobindo Pharma and Hindustan Unilever.

The five-day competition  at SRM, a nodal centre of SIH Hardware Edition, was kicked off by Namibian High Commissioner Gabriel P Sinimbo on July 8 and concluded on Friday with a call to engineering students to understand the pain of customers in the process of developing prototypes and products. “Students have to Pain Storm apart from Brain Storming while developing products and prototypes,” Dr Sanjay Tyagi, Director, STPI, Chennai, said delivering the valedictory address.

He said with the Union finance minister announcing incentives for start ups, there was no better platform than Hackathons for students to interface with industries to emerge as start up entrepreneurs.
“Info Tech companies will look into your bio-data to see how many hackathons and pitchfests you have participated in as well as the ideas you have come up with, and this is probably going to play a very important part to get your job,” Dr Tyagi said.

He said significantly Chennai has been chosen for setting up a Centre for Excellence for financial technology at the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).

Ms Shubangi Bhagwat, SIH Nodal Centre Head, in her special address, said Hackathons had created a positive eco system for start ups and would go a long way to create next generation solutions.  Start ups would be much more productive and satisfying than doing routine jobs, she said. Using a favourite line of PM Narendra Modi, she asked student participants, “How is the Josh (Spirit)?” evoking cheers at the mini hall of the T P Ganesan Auditorium.

SRM Director, Engineering and Technology, Dr. C. Muthuthamizhselvan, in his welcome address, thanked the students and industries for their participation. Dr Shantanu Patil, SPOC, SIH-2019, proposed the vote of thanks.

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