Pune: The second edition of 'Smart India Hackathon 2018' (SIH 2018) will be launched at College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP) on October 16.
SIH, a joint initiative by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Persistent Systems and i4c will be inaugurated by Minister of HRD Prakash Javadekar. The first 100 problem statements issued by several sectors in the industry and states will be revealed on Monday.
This year, Hackathon has been divided into two editions; software edition- a 36-hour of software product development competition will be observed and second is hardware edition wherein teams will compete for 5 days and build hardware solutions.
"In addition to software edition, we are introducing the hardware edition in which students will develop a hardware as a solution to the given problem in five days. Five centres for hardware edition will be established which will have all required machinery and equipment needed by the students. Therefore, we have invited colleges and institutes which can provide all necessary raw materials to the students," said Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman of AICTE at a press meet on Saturday.
SIH 2018 aims to challenge lakhs of technical students to come up with unique solutions to some of the most prominent issues faced in India. So far, over 40 Union ministries and departments that include railways, defense, civil aviation, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Department of atomic energy etc. and more than 20 state governments have joined with the initiatives.
After the problem statements are released, the students will be given a time span of two months in which they have to come up with the idea of solution latest by December 31, 2017. Teams will have to upload their idea of solutions on MyGov Innovation. Further teams will be selected which will then execute their ideas at the main hackathon which is likely to be scheduled for the end of February 2018. These teams will also be sent to the location of where they have sought the solution of.
"We are fine if students come up with half-baked solutions to the competition. They will be provided mentors who are volunteers from the industry to guide them on what are the actual requirements and modification needed to be done, further to which they will have to execute their solutions," said Abhay Jere, head of labs at Persistent.
Last year, around 40,000 students had participated in the national competition with entries marked of 2,100 colleges, while this year, the organisers are expecting that participants double the number of previous year.