EU to hold a Smart Cities Developers Tutorial and Hackathon in Pune

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 3 March 2019

The initiative will be the third of its kind under the auspices of the project India-European UnionU Cooperation on ICT (Information Communication and Technology)-Related Standardisation, Policy and Legislation.

PUNE: The European Union (EU), in partnership with Pune Smart City, is organising a national-level Smart City Developers Tutorial and Hackathon on April 15 and 16 at the College of Engineering, Pune. 

Project stakeholders include the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, the Telecommunications Standards Development Society of India, oneM2M, LAAS CNRS (France)-a French laboratory specialising in systems analysis and the European Commission.

The initiative will be the third of its kind under the auspices of the project “India-EU Cooperation on ICT (Information Communication and Technology)-Related Standardisation, Policy and Legislation, the aim of which is to promote closer alignment between India and Europe in the production and use of ICT standards, and to harmonise the exchange of statistical data, thereby facilitating trade, increasing interoperability and the ease of doing business.

Through the developers’ tutorial and hackathon, selected students from all over the country will learn how to develop smart city applications, which are standards-compliant and give their solutions a global reach. 

Pune Smart City will provide students access to current smart city challenges to see how they can be tackled. Students will be provided mentorship and technical assistance from project stakeholders. The team with the most creative solutions will win a fully-funded trip to Europe to visit a start-up. 

Prior to the hackathon in Pune, a developer’s’ tutorial will also be held at IIT Guwahati on April 13. 

Rajendra Jagtap, CEO, Pune Smart City said, “Pune Smart City is extremely pleased to be the first smart city in the country to partner India-EU ICT Standards Collaboration Project, College of Engineering, Pune and the important stakeholders for this unique and first of its kind initiative in Pune. It further builds upon our earlier efforts to foster a culture of innovation through our subsidiary, Pune Idea Factory Foundation (PIFF).”

Benoit Sauveroche, EU delegate to India, said, “All participants will get the opportunity to showcase their skills and creativity, and apply standards that will make future applications interoperable when they are deployed in smart cities. Hackathon winners will have the unique opportunity of travelling to Europe and attending a start-up event, where they will be able to develop contacts and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit.”

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