CII and India@75 Foundation in collaboration with Playizzon, Jetline Group company organised a Hackathon on 21 & 22 January in Pune. Participants were required to use mobile and cloud technologies to develop ingenious solutions in areas such as Swach Bharat, Make in India, Agriculture, Food Security & Healthcare, Governance etc.
Cognizant Technology Solutions and NASSCOM Foundation partnered for the event as “Knowledge Partners”
120 participants from 38 teams participated in the India@75 Hackathon; After 12 hours coding and mentoring, 9 teams were short-listed by mentors and show-cased their ideas / Apps to the Jury
Many teams came from far off cities such as Coimbatore and Trivandrum to participate in the hackathon.
Mr Rajan Navani, Chair, CII Council on India@75 was the chief guest for the “Prize Distribution Ceremony”. During his address Mr Navani said, “India@75 aspires to leverage technology to achieve various vision elements and would continue to organize more Hackathons that is turning out to be a great platform for young technology enthusiasts to showcase their talent”
The winning team “Kode Krakers” showcased their app that aimed at making the best use of eWaste by either donating to Not for Profits or by recycling
The proposed solutions aims to solve the ever growing problem of e-waste caused due to regular upgrade of electronic devices much before their life cycle ends. This leads to massive accumulation of eWaste by early retirement and obsolescence. The app E-Yard provides a platform to agencies that have a requirement of e-waste or old electronics devices like laptops and computers and connects them to corporate’s that would like to phase out their old e-devices.
Second prize winners – The Famous Five, developed an app that would aggregate white goods service providers in a geography, ranks them on the basis of ratings given by customers and connects them to Skill Development centers where they could upgrade their competencies through skill training.
The second runners up “Team Quagnitia” were a team of professionals from a Pune based start-up. The app “City Cleaners” is a collaborative tool that would connect Citizens, Social Groups and Corporation’s with an objective of making the clean and green.
Citizens would be empowered with a mobile based reporting tool to report incidents (e.g. roadside garbage, potholes, ect) using pictures, videos, text. They would also be able to create short documentaries to report an garbage dumps or other civic issues
City Corporation would be notified of the issues. They would be able to relay out incidents to the various wards in the city. In addition to this they would also be able to send out instructions to social groups to carry out awareness programs in hugely affected areas.
Social groups would be able to register on this platform, look at effected areas and carry out awareness programs. They would also receive instructions from the city corporation to do such programs in affected areas.
A special jury award was given to a team of students of team “Bone Crushers” who proposed the use of image sensing algorithm to automate traffic signals. The team proposed a combination of tools that would measure traffic density and image sensing software to automate traffic signals across major cities
Some other concepts that enthused the jury included an app that would analyze investment habits of users and advise them on best suited investments for them on historical data.