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NITT to host Smart India Hardware Hackathon 2018

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National Institute of Technology - Tiruchi (NITT) will be hosting the Smart India Hardware Hackathon 2018 of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, later this month, on the theme 'Waste Management'.

During the five-day mega event from June 18 to 22, seven short-listed teams of engineering students will be enabled by mentors from NITT to develop prototypes for innovative solutions. The winning team will be awarded Rs. 1 lakh, and the first runner-up and second runner-up teams will receive Rs. 75,000 and Rs. 50,000 respectively.

Teams presenting the best projects will be facilitated to initiate start-ups compatible with industry incubators, and be provided with marketing support under the initiative to identify new and disruptive digital technology innovations for solving the challenges faced by our country.

The NITT is one of the 10 nodal centres in the country to host the grand finale of the event that will also witness participation of local industries and incubation centres.

After the successful maiden run in 2017 when Software Hackathon was conducted, the Hardware Hackathon has been added this year.

At the national-level 5,000 entries on eleven themes: smart communication, healthcare, clean water, agro-electronics, waste management, smart vehicles, technologies for rural development, education, drones and robotics, security and surveillance, and import substitution, were scrutinised by an expert evaluation committee chaired by the Director, IIT, Kharagpur.

Over 150 short-listed teams will be working for five straight days and build their hardware solutions as a working prototype.

As one of the premier engineering institutions of India, the NITT ranked best among NITs and twelfth among all technical institutions in the country, and ranking high also in patent applications and publication of research as well, will be utilising the expertise of its technical clubs and facilities such as SCIEnT, formed to develop independent projects, for conduct of the Hackathon and arrive at breakthroughs, a press release said.

For participating teams, more details on the event will be made available over phone by Samson Mathew, Dean - Students Welfare and event Chairman (9486001163, 9443176759) and M. Bhaskar, Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, NITT, and event coordinator (9443314616).


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