Two teams from Army Institute of Technology (AIT), Pune, won the 1st and 3rd prize at PanIIT’s Solve4Bharat. ‘Solve4Bharat’, the annual 24-hour hackathon by PanIIT in Bengaluru, showcased innovation, problem solving and product development skills of the participants across 3 focus areas — Urban Development and management; Wearables and Tech for HealthCare; and Education and Awareness.
“India aims to be the skill capital of the world and IITs could play a key role towards this. Given the brand reputation of IITs, if ITIs and private training institutions are adopted by various IITs, ensuring quality in these institutions and providing its branding to those who graduate from these institutions, there is likely to be a huge demand outside India for skilled workers who are certificate holders of IITs. Similarly, IITs could also consider certifying for Recognition of Prior Learning to those who are already skilled but want their quality authenticated by IITs,” said Dr Manish Kumar, managing director and chief executive officerpof National Skill Development Corporation.
The winning team Drupples, a four-member team from AIT, Pune won Rs 4,00,00 for their solution — Dobbin. It is a platform to enable education in rural areas. It aims to solve the ad hoc nature of volunteer teachings from urban areas and also counter other problems like live classrooms across a bandwidth as low as 1kbps. It has real-time multilingual translation and teacher quality assessment.
Trial & Error, a team of five from Atharva College of Engineering, Mumbai, was declared 1st runner up and earned themselves Rs 2,00,000. They created ‘Vani’ a mobile application that promotes handsfree interaction for the doctors that blankets NLP and medicine suggestion by using speech to text converter to maintain electronic health records.
The second runner up was a single-member team called Tech-Nauts, also from AIT, Pune. He developed a 3D-printed device that can detect the species and gender of a mosquito to further declare if the mosquito is infected or not. He won Rs 1,00,000.
Ten other teams received a consolation prize of Rs 10,000 each. 57 teams consisting of over 300 participants from across India participated in the hackathon.
The participants were mentored by 28 experts from the industry, their solutions judged by 12 jury members and the winning teams were awarded prizes at the valedictory function at PanIIT’s Tech4Bharat 2020.