Winner – Prof. Virendra Kumar Tewari, Director IIT Kharagpur and Mr. Ashish Gupta, VP Engineering Rubrik India presenting the Solve4Bharat Winner cheque of Rs. 4,00,00 to Team Drupples of Army Institute of Technology, Pune
Two teams from Army Institute of Technology, Pune won the 1st and 3rd prize at PanIIT’s Solve4Bharat. ‘Solve4Bharat’, the annual 24-hour hackathon by PanIIT in Bengaluru showcased innovation, problem solving and product development skills of the participants across 3 focus areas – 1. Urban Development and management, 2. Wearables and Tech for HealthCare and 3. Education and Awareness.
“India aims to be the skill capital of the world and IITs could play a key role towards this. Given the brand reputation of IITs, if ITIs and private training institutions are adopted by various IITs, ensuring quality in these institutions and providing its branding to those who graduate from these institutions, there is likely to be huge demand outside India for skilled workers that are certificate holders of IITs. Similarly, IITs could also consider certifying for Recognition of Prior Learning to those who are already skilled but want their quality authenticated by IITs.”, said Dr. Manish Kumar, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer Of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
The winning team Drupples, a 4-member team from Army Institute of Technology, Pune won Rs. 4,00,00 for their solution – Dobbin. It is a platform to enable education in rural areas. It aims to solve the ad hoc nature of volunteer teachings from urban areas and also counter other problems like live classrooms across a bandwidth as low as 1kbps. It has real-time multilingual translation and teacher quality assessment.
1st runner up were a team of 5 from Atharva College of Engineering, Mumbai called ‘Trial & Error’ earned themselves Rs. 2,00,000. ‘Vani’ a mobile application that promotes handsfree interaction for the doctors that blankets NLP and medicine suggestion by using speech to text converter to maintain electronic health records.
2nd runner up was a single-member team called Tech-Nauts also from Army Institute of Technology, Pune and won Rs. 1,00,000. He developed and 3D-printed a device that can detect the species and gender of a mosquito to further declare if the mosquito is infected or not.
Ten other team received a consolation prize of Rs. 10,000 each.
57 teams consisting of over 300 participants from across India participated in the hackathon. The participants were mentored by 28 experts from the industry, their solutions judged by 12 jury members andthe winning teams were awarded prizes at the valedictory function at PanIIT’s Tech4Bharat 2020.
PanIIT Alumni India (PIAI) has conceived Tech4Bharat as a strategic event to review and realign the current initiatives and launch fresh ones. The event featured engaging panel discussions bringing Academia, Policy makers and the Industry leaders. The expert panel moderators from PanIIT led the discussions to gather the diverse views and galvanize them into a common pursuit of excellence for our fine institutions of technical education.