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A dozen teams to vie for top honours at Smart Vehicle Hackathon at IISc from June 18

Bengaluru, June 16 (UNI) A dozen teams from across the country will present their prototypes at the finale here in connection with the nationwide Smart India Hackathon 2018 organised by the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development under the Make in India programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
These 12 teams coming out with smart vehicle solutions were part of 106 teams selected nationwide from over 4000 ideas that have been translated into products.
The Finale on smart vehicles running into five days would be hosted by the Indian Institute of Science here. The Institute would provide necessary technical and mentorship to the teams for exhibiting their prototypes of which three would be selected as winners. The winner would carry home a prize money of Rs.100,000 follorwed by first runner up who would get Rs.75,000 and second runner up Rs.50,000. Besides they would also get an opportunity to proceed further through angel or industries investment. Other products would be supported by the Ministry as a start up.
The Smart India Hackathon 2018 (SIH2018) – Hardware edition, during June 18-22, 2018. The Hackathon, organized by the Ministry of HRD along with AICTE, Persistent Systems, i4C, IIT Kharagpur, and Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, is a first-of-its-kind innovative methodology adopted in India, which will provide an opportunity for young technical minds to showcase their creativity in the form of hardware products that can solve some of the daunting problems faced by India, such as clean water, waste management, creation of smart vehicles and smart communication. The Hardware edition is the second sub edition of SIH2018; the first sub edition or the Software edition Grand Finale successfully took place on March 30-31, 2018, at 28 nodal centers across India.
IISc is the nodal Centre for the Smart Vehicles theme of this 5 day-long hardware Hackathon. The 10 themes of the Hackathon Grand Finale are organized at 10 prestigious institutions (nodal centers) across India: IIT Kanpur (Drones), IIT Kharagpur (Agriculture), IIT Guwahati (Rural Technology), CEERI Pilani (Smart Communication), CSIO Chandigarh (Healthcare), IISc Bengaluru (Smart Vehicles), IIT Roorkee (Clean water), NIT Trichy (Waste Management), COEP Pune (Security), and Forge Coimbatore (Import Substitution).
Under the Hardware edition, 4362 ideas were received, with over 50000 students participating from over 752 technical institutions. After two internal rounds of evaluation, a total of 106 teams have been shortlisted to compete under the above 10 themes in the SIH2018 Hardware edition Grand Finale.
The event at IISc is a cooperative effort involving faculty members, students, and admin staff. The faculty team comprises Professor Joy Kuri, Professor Amaresh Chakrabarti, Dr. TV Prabhakar, Dr. Rathna, Dr. Manish Arora, and Professor Y Narahari, Chair of Division of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Sciences, IISc, as well as other faculty members across departments who serve on the Jury, and over forty student and staff volunteers from IISc, including Student Coordinators Siddharth Nair and Kinshuk Khare, and Staff Coordinator Mr. Shankar. The activities of the event are distributed across five departments of IISc: Electronic Systems Engineering (DESE), Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM), Electrical Engineering (EE), Computer Science and Automation (CSA), and the Supercomputer Education and Research Centre (SERC). The testing and field demonstration of prototypes will be organised at the Gymkhana ground, IISc.
The projects competing in the event include a self-driving kit for converting conventional cars into their electric avatars; an anti-theft and health monitoring system for bikes and their riders; a safe distance alarming system for vehicles; a real-time traffic management system based on air pollution monitoring using IOT; a 2-wheeler license automation system; an anti-pilferage and anti-adulteration system for fuel road tankers, and so on.
The top 3 winning teams under each theme will win cash prizes – Rs. 1,00,000 for the winning team, Rs. 75,000 for the first runner-up and Rs. 50,000 for the second runner-up. They may also get support from investors who are willing to invest in the products and make them market ready. The Ministry of HRD is working closely with the Department of Science and Technology to explore the possibility of hand holding the winning teams into becoming startups with the support from technology business incubators. Attempts are also being made to seek new avenues of additional post-hackathon funding for some of the most promising innovations from the Hardware edition Grand Finale.
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