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Smart Gujarat for New India Hackathon 2019-20

Education Department Government of Gujarat has taken series of initiatives to design and develop innovation processes and ecosystem across its affiliated colleges and universities. At state level, Student Startup Innovation Policy(SSIP) is pioneering series of interventions and Gujarat Hackathon is an annual flagship program where young students can leverage their technical skills to solve real life challenges posed by various stakeholders.

In year 2017-18, for “Smart Gujarat for New India hackathon”, programme, 17 departments of Govt. of Gujarat like Agriculture, Home, Urban Development, Port and Transport, Energy and Petrochemicals and others shared 213 challenges to all students across universities for solving them and creating innovative solutions. Students from across disciplines like BCA, Engineering, MCA, MSc IT, Pharmacy and allied branches had participated in this one of its kind program at state level. The grand finale of Hackathon program,” Smart Gujarat for New India Hackathon” 2018 was hosted at PDPU. Short listed 150 teams comprising 917 students from 11 universities across 15 districts of Gujarat participated in grand finale on 24th-25th March in a nonstop 36 hour efforts.

In year 2018-2019, Government of Gujarat also had organized “Gujarat Industrial Hackathon” programme, were 200 problems from around 154 different industries were given to students, to which 1874 teams registered initially. Out of which 1163 teams turned out with efforts to solve 175 out of 200 problems covering 141 out of 154 of different industries. In which 569 teams with 154 problems for 123 industries had successfully submitted synopsis. In Regional round 374 teams comprising of 2004 students participated in regional round held at Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Vallabh Vidhyanagar and Surat. The teams were scrutinized by Industrial Experts and Academic Experts for Grand Finale held at Gandhinagar. In Grand Finale from the 175 teams who turned out with solution, 171 teams which included 1037 students managed to reach in finale with 83 problems covering 71 various sectors from industries like Corporate, Large scale, Medium scale, PSU and Small scale industries. Total 18 teams were awarded Rs.6,45,000/- in different industrial sectors such as Corporate, Large scale, Medium scale, PSU and Small scale industries by our Hon. Cabinet Minister-Education Department, Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and Hon. Minister of State-Education Department, Smt. Vibhavariben Dave. The Solution were placed before the industry for adaption.

While taking the legacy further, Higher & Technical Education Department, Government of Gujarat is willing to organize Smart Gujarat For New India Hackathon 2019-20 in line with last year’s efforts. Through these programs, students will work on real life challenges of SMEs, Industries and Large corporations, Social sector and Public systems.


Tentative Budget for Smart Gujarat for New India Hackathon 2019-20

Sr.no.

Particulars

Amount (in Rs.)

1

Four Regional Rounds (5,00,000*4)

20,00,000

2

Grand Finale

8,00,000

3

Awards

10,00,000

Total

38,00,000

SSIP at state level will do a systematic outreach program across the state so that wider and inclusive participation takes place in this program. Mentors will be assigned by different industries and academia for technical guidance related to particular sector & industry. Technical committee will review all the student applications based on their synopsis as proposed during their applications in through an online platform. Each potential team with their local mentor will devise their strategy to solve a particular challenge shared by particular industry, clusters or similar organization. The reviewed and filtered ideas/synopsis by expert and review committee will be nominated for further rounds. The first stage of the Hackathon will be hosted in simultaneously in four cities of Gujarat. Each host can focus on certain domain so that similar innovations can be brought together for further support. During this program, respective industry who has provided challenges will nominate their mentors and reviewers who can interact with their teams, guide and bench mark them while giving inputs on how to improve them further.