New Delhi, July 8: Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' on Monday inaugurated the Smart India Hackathon 2019 and said through research, innovation and appropriate use of technology we can become a highly advanced, developed and prosperous nation.
The Minister while inaugurating the Grand Finale of SIH -2019 (Hardware Edition) said that Smart India Hackathon (SIH) - 2019 is a right platform where students’ innovators can develop smart solution to day to day problems.
Around 2000 participants from 250 teams of 178 different colleges, including IITs and NITs are participating at 18 different nodal centres in 9 states, one UT and here in the national capital.
These teams will provide innovative hardware solutions for 124 problems.
The Grand Finale of second part of Smart India Hackathon-2019, Hardware edition is being conducted from July 8th to 12th across the country.
Minister of State Sanjay Dhotre was also present on the occasion.
More than 1.2 lakh students from 2235 colleges sent their entries for 198 problem statements, submitted by more than 40 industries and 9 Central government ministries and various Government Departments.
In SIH 2019 Hardware edition, problems are broadly based on Agriculture and Rural Development, Food Technology, Waste management, Clean Water, Renewable Energy, Healthcare and Biomedical devices, Smart Vehicles, Robotics and Drones, Security and Surveillance, Smart Communication, Sports and Fitness, Sustainable Environment, Smart Textile, Smart Cities areas.
Depending upon the nature of the problem, cash prizes for selected ideas and solutions will be given to participating teams. For simple problems Rs. 50,000, for complicate ones Rs. 75000 and for complex ones Rs. 1 lakh. (UNI)