Welcome to World Food India Hackathon 2017

Venue & Date

Jacaranda Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi 27 & 28 October 2017

Top 3 Winning Solutions

The World Food India 2017 Hackathon challenge was organized with a focus on harnessing the rich talent and skills of students, start-ups, and technology enthusiasts, to develop IT enabled innovative solutions, for challenges faced by the Food Processing Sector.

The hackathon received an enthusiastic response from across the country with over 150 team registrations.

65 teams participated and presented their solutions to pre- identified problems, at the World Food India Hackathon on 27 & 28 October 2017 in New Delhi.

First prize winning solution

A one-stop shop for farmers that provides forward & backward linkages, measures pesticide percentage in the soil, suggests best practices at every stage of the crop, provides information on storage options and connect to banks & insurance firms.

Team Name: Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore.

Team Members: 1. Sagarika P 2. Swathi G 3. Jenifer A 4. Manopriya M 5. Hanu Priya I

Second prize winning solution

Ensures a transparent and secure milk procurement service by generating a unique QR code for every milk packet. The code stores information on packaging, distribution, procurement and various other stages online for easy access to customers who can report cases of adulteration to the company.

Team Name: Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Engineering, New Delhi

Team Members: 1. Sanyam Goel  2. Akshit Ahluwalia 3. Nakul Garg

Third prize winning solution

Detects and provides information on freshness & quality of fruits and vegetables to retailers, dealers, distributors, end consumers and Quality Assurance units of food processing businesses. The solution focuses on reducing wastage of the produce by using a low cost hardware technology

Team Name: Sri Krishna College of Technology, Coimbatore

Team Members: 1. Kanmani R 2. Sneha M 3. Sowmya S 4. Srimathi N 5. Suriya  D

Award Money

Top 3 winning teams were felicitated by Hon’ble President of India, Shri. Ram Nath Kovind in the valedictory session of World Food India on 05 November 2017.

1st Prize – Rs 1, 00, 000/- (One Lac only)

2nd Prize – Rs 75, 000/- (Seventy Five Thousand only)

3rd Prize – Rs 50, 000/- (Fifty Thousand only)

Rules for participation in

World Food India Hackathon 2017

Selection Criteria

Jury will score solutions on implementation feasibility, novelty of the idea & technical robustness.

Who can participate?

Participant: An individual, a team or an organization

Project: An idea or proof-of-concept of an application that addresses a problem. Projects are likely to be prototypical, untested and unrefined.

App: An evolved and refined project that has reached a level of sophistication and usability appropriate for deployment and impact.

Finalists: Finalists are nominated based on the Hackathon judging scores. Finalists receive recognition and represent a shortlist of
participants’ apps that are eligible for the grand prize.

Winners: Winners are selected from the finalists to receive the grand prize

Participation and enrollment

Participation in the WFI Hackathon-2017 is free and open to any student, developer or firm.

Enrollment is not confirmed until the WFI Hackathon-2017 team contacts the participant and assigns mentors, next steps, etc.

Enrollment may be terminated at any point by a representative of WFI Hackathon-2017 if a participant violates any rules.

General competition rules

Participants can work on more than one problem and app.

Participants must indicate how their solution and apps address the problem/s identified by linking their solution to Problems identified. Enrolment may be terminated if a project or app does not sufficiently address the Problem statement.

Participants may only submit solutions or apps for which they have the legal rights and intellectual property.

Participants’ projects are only eligible for mentorship if they have been properly posted – with sufficient details as determined by the WFI Hackathon-2017 team during the validation phase.

Dates and deadlines are subject to change with prior notice.

These rules may be changed during the competition; every attempt to fairly notice participants of such changes will be made.

Project and apps validation

After deadlines for submitting solutions and apps have passed, the WFI Hackathon-2017 team will manage a process of validation. Validation may include: excluding irrelevant, inappropriate or illegal projects or apps; working with participants to refine/update project or app listings to provide more detail; or other quality assurance mechanisms.

Only projects or apps which pass the validation phase may proceed to the next phase.

Projects and apps will not be validated if they are:

Primarily political, sectarian or religious in nature, Discriminatory to any group.


Subject to any third-party agreements participants may make:

Participants own any applicable intellectual property rights of their apps

By submitting an app for WFI Hackathon – 2017, participants grant the India@75 a royalty-free license

Post on India@75 and associated websites information about the application including, but not limited to, details about the storyline, characters, screenshots, etc., and a link to the downloadable application in the online store of the applicable software platform (e.g. Android Play Store, Apple Store) or, if not sold through such platform, to your website.

Publicize the names of Competition participants (including the individual members of a team) and winners, and their Applications through media and events of the organizer’s choosing.

Deploy or otherwise utilize the application.


If I am a developer but don't have an idea, should I apply?

Yes! You can think of your idea and design it before the competition. The only thing you cannot do is code.
Coding before the event will result in immediate disqualification.

What’s the application process like?

We’re looking for creative and innovative people with a set of skills that can contribute to a project—mobile, web  design and cloud computing.

Do I have to pay to join the Hackathon?

No! WFI Hackathon 2017 is free to apply and attend.

How can I team up with others?

You can register for the WFI Hackathon by filling the necessary details here :-http://hackathon.indiaat75.in/#registration You will be able to pick team members and mentors there.

If I am non-technical, should I apply?

Yes! Please be aware however that Hackathons are designed for people with coding talent.

If I have a team and already have a product, should I apply with the product that already exist?

Yes! As long as you haven’t begun coding. If you have, please consider a new product

How big is the team?

Teams can be anywhere between 1 to 4 people. In our experience, 5 people is too many. 1 person teams are not recommended but if you believe you can do it, apply!

If I am not Indian, should I apply?

Everybody is welcome to apply. There is no requirement to be Indian.

Can I go home or go out of the Hackathon place when the Hackathon is still continue?

Yes! But please acknowledge that you’ll be missing valuable time as all Hackathon coding must occur at the event location .

Can I come prepared & what can I prepare for the competition?

You can prepare wireframes, designs and visuals before the competition but all coding must occur during the event.

What are you providing?

There will be a seamless infrastructure to support your participation in WFI Hackathon 2017.
Electricity, Internet and Wifi will be provided free of charge. There will be presentation equipment should you need it during judging.

Registration Form

WFI Hackathon 2017

Sorry…Registrations are closed!!!


World Food India Hackathon 2017

1. Dr Chindi Vasudevappa, Vice Chancellor, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management


He holds a Doctoral (Ph.D) & Master’s Degree in Fisheries Science. He has more than 40 years of experience and spanning research, academics, management. Prior to NIFTEM he served as Vice Chancellor, UAHS, Shimoga & Dean of Post Graduate Studies at UAS, Bengaluru. He was the Chief Executive (Full Additional Charge) National Fisheries Development Board, Ministry of Agriculture, GOI.

He serves as a Member on National & International Committees and has won many awards & recognition by state & central Governments.

2. Dr Bijaya Kumar Behera, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India


Dr. Bijaya Kumar Behera is the Economic Adviser, Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India (GoI).

He hold doctoral degree (Ph.D) in Economics. He is a senior officer of Indian Economic Services (IES:1996) and has been serving GoI under various Ministries and Departments in various capacities during the last two decades.

He has work experience of more than seven years on agricultural sector, particularly in planning, programme formulation, implementation, estimation cost of cultivation/production of agricultural crops. He has five years of experience in departmental vigilance administration and conduct of research based economic studies on trade and traffic issues. Presently, he is involved in economics/statistics matter related to food processing economy including formulation of national food processing policy, implementation of schemes on ‘research and development’, ‘skill development’ pertaining to MoFPI. He is also in charge of two institutes on food technology under the administrative control of MoFPI i.e. National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM), Haryana and Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), Tamil Nadu.

3. Dr Rahul Mirchandani, Chairman and Managing Director, Aries Agro Limited


Dr Rahul Mirchandani has 23 years of experience as Director of Aries Agro Limited

Ranked amongst the 30 Most Innovative CEOs in India in 2014, he has pioneered several unique marketing processes and brand management tactics at Aries. These include launching India’s first loyalty programme in agribusiness, India’s first Agri business flash sale (earning a Limca Book of Records), insurance-based customer retention programmes for farmers, executing the first nationwide single day launch for a specialty fertilizer brand as well as several shock-and-awe brand building programmes to sustain and grow 65 rural brands with zero mass media advertising. Many of these strategies are being documented and taught as case studies in customer relations management at leading Indian business schools.

He holds a Doctorate in Management Studies from NMIMS University, Mumbai and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds an MBA from the University of Canberra, Australia. Rahul has delivered sessions on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Oxford University, UK and has lectured at over 50 B-S chools in India. A Past National Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Young Indians (CII-Yi), he is the architect of Yi’s Farmers Net program and has served on the CII Agriculture, Innovation, International Policy and India@75 National Councils. He has been the Chairman for the Yi’s Next Practices platform and has also chaired Yi’s International Relations and Partnerships and is the Founder of the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs- Asia (CAYE-Asia). He is the recipient of the Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Shakti Award 2010 in recognition of outstanding achievements towards Youth Empowerment and Inclusive Growth.

Recognized as one of the world’s foremost achievers in his field, Rahul is listed in the Who’s Who in the World 2013 and has been invited to Receptions at Buckingham Palace, the International Labour Organisation, the Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings, High Commissioners Banquets, Association of MBAs Global Deans conference, amongst many others. Rahul was a member of the Global Jury for the UN Habitat Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Awards 2016. Rahul is a Fellow of the 4Sight Class of Ananta Aspen’s India Leadership Initiative and member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.

4. Mr Tarun Gupta - ‎Chief Technology Officer (Retail), ‎ Cognizant Technology Solutions India Private Limited


Tarun has 22+ years in Enterprise Architecture, Technology Transformations and Digital Innovations for leading retailers across globe. He provides thought leadership on Business-IT alignment, Enterprise Architecture roadmap & End-to-End Governance

He is certified as “Distinguished IT Architect (Chief)” by Open Group.

5. Ms Rama Vedashree, Chief Executive Officer, Data Security Council of India


Rama Vedashree is the Chief Executive Officer of the Data Security Council of India. She is a veteran IT professional having worked with NIIT Technologies, Microsoft and General Electric (GE) India before. Rama was previously the vice president at Nasscom, where she led all the initiatives regarding domestic IT, e-Governance and smart cities, among others. She also led the healthcare initiative in partnership with Apex Health Sector body, NatHealth. Rama has done courses in High Performance Computing at Cornell University as well as Leading Professional Services Firms at Harvard Business School.

6. Mr Arbind Das, Whole Time Director & Chief Operating Officer, Godrej Tyson Foods Ltd


Arabind Das is Whole Time Director and Chief Operating Officer, Godrej Tyson Foods Limited (GTFL). Currently, he spearheads their operations for brands such as Real Good Chicken and Real Good Yummiez.

Arabind joined GTFL in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer and was instrumental in crafting a growth strategy for the business. Under his leadership, the business turned around and is now one of the fastest growing, most profitable companies in the poultry industry.

Arabind has over three decades of experience in business and operations management in dairy, processed foods, personal, home care and retail businesses.

He has held a wide range of leadership positions across geographies with Cadbury’s, Unilever, Dabur and the Aditya Birla Group, among other companies.

Arabind is a specialist in turnaround strategy, operational and supply chain strategy, cost management, food safety and project management and execution. He has also trained in Total Productive Maintenance at the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance. He is a Gold Medalist in M.Tech, Dairy Technology. He has a distinction in Chemical Engineering and Packaging Technology from the National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana.

Arabind has authored articles for many leading dailies and has been on the panels of various government bodies, such as the Confederation of Indian Industry and PHD Chambers. He is married with two children and enjoys cooking and traveling with his family.

7. Mr Mayank Jalan, Chairman and Managing Director, Keventer Agro Limited


Mr. Mayank Jalan, Chairman & Managing Director, Keventer Agro Ltd (KAL) joined the company in April 2004. Within a span of one year, Mayank was handed over the baton to run the company as the Managing Director. His core strength area is managing strategic growth while ensuring a level of profitability essential for generation of internal funds that fuel rapid growth.

A first-class degree holder in Mechanical Engineering from University College of London, Mayank also has a degree in Business Finance from the prestigious London School of Economics. During his University days, Mayank had gained significant knowledge as a Research Analysis Expert in Credit Agricole Indisuez in London. He had also worked with Smifs Financing Ltd in the mutual fund department, marketing the product in Kolkata.

Over these years, he has strived to raise standards of customer expectations and has passionately encouraged the team to focus on the ‘customer first’ approach towards their every deliverable. His proficiency in managing a complex supply chain has been the driving force that delivered steady top-line increments as well as bottom-line accruals. Under his stewardship Keventer Agro Ltd. has diversified into multiple sectors like Hospitality, Exports, Realty while consolidating itself in the food business through introduction of Frozen Foods and Bananas.

Mayank aims to build Keventer Agro as one of the largest food companies in East India with major focus in dairy. He wants to make KAL a USD 500mn company from a USD 150mn organization by 2022 through aggressive marketing plans, stakeholder relationship, customer focus and adapting to new technology.

Mayank has been appointed the Chairman of North East Council of CII in May 2017. He is the Co-Chairman of FICCI West Bengal State Council and also a member of the National Council of CII. He was associated with National Food Processing Committee of CII till April 2017 as the Co-Chairman. In September 2017, Mayank has been selected to be part of the Expert Group for Agriculture and Allied Activities by NITI Aayog.

8. Mr Shrikant Sinha, Chief Executive Officer, NASSCOM Foundation


Shrikant joined NASSCOM Foundation in September 2014. Since then, he has been responsible for the upward rise of the NASSCOM Foundation and has been able to develop a great team who works tirelessly to use technology for good towards creating an inclusive India.

As the CEO, Shrikant looks over the entire operations and strategy for NASSCOM Foundation while directly controlling the different programs. Truly, a person with many hats, Shrikant’s extensive background in the skilling and education spaces significantly complements NASSCOM Foundation, especially in the National Digital Literacy Mission, Skills Initiative, Tech aided education, E-waste Management and Indian Public Library Movement among others.

With over 26 years of experience in education sector, Shrikant played a key role in the success of Aptech; starting in 1989, going on to become Senior General Manager for the company managing Latin America & Higher Education. Prior to joining NASSCOM Foundation, he was based out of Malaysia, as Head Corporate Learning, APAC and MENA, at GlobalNxt University (formerly Universitas 21 Global or U21Global), an Online Graduate School, helping thousands of people working in corporates across the Asia-pacific, Middle-east and North African regions with limited or no access to good quality academic opportunities.

9. Mr L R Shiva Kumar, Senior Vice President & Head - Food Business, Walmart India Private Limited


Shivakumar is the Senior Vice President for Food Merchandising at Walmart India. He is a graduate in Applied Sciences and has an MBA from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.

Shiva has wide range of experience in the fields of Agri-Commodities sourcing, Global Trade and Retail.

His past roles include Head -Olam International, Mozambique Business and General Manager, Spencers Retail. He has been with Walmart for over seven years, and handles Staples, Fresh & Beverages Categories and Walmart Private Brands business, as a Merchant Leader.


World Food India Hackathon 2017



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