A continued Journey - Judging the Smart India Hackathon 2020
Judge and Mentor - Smart India Hackathon 2020
- 5 minutes read - 1004 words
After a wonderful experience of participating as a judge and mentor at Smart India Hackathon 2019, I am delighted to share that I again got a chance to meet and judge India’s young winners and innovators at Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2020, world’s biggest open innovation modal, organized by AICTE and MHRD, Govt of India. This time it is no more a hackathon but a hackathon of hackathons — 4 Lacks students, 1500 small hackathons, 40 Nodal centers, around 2000 mentors and 1000 evaluators, 11000 finalists and more…
Quoting the beautiful lines written by one of the SIH host:
बूँद बूँद एकत्रित करता चला, समुंदर बनाता चला ।
जिसका लक्ष्य जहाँ मिला मंथन वहां कराता चला ।
I attended the grand finale from 1-3 Aug 2020, and sharing here my experience and learning. I was assigned to Nodal center — Oriental College Of Technology, Bhopal, here is how it rest of it goes.
National Level Inauguration event started at 9 AM by Dr. Abhay Jere, Chief Innovation Officer, MHRD, Government Of India. He explained how the hackathon concept is democratized by SIH, and it now becomes the Largest Open Innovation Modal. We come to know that there were around 1500+ college-level hackathons that happened before this grand finale, and we will be judging the already winners in this event.
Rahul Sharma — President, AWS India, Amazon explained how cloud is democratizing innovations at an economical level. Shri VK Kaumudi, IPS, Director General, BPRD explained the importance of empowering digital forensic and what are the big challenges being faced such as misuse of social media. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman AICTE,
explained that around 72 central and state govt departments, ministries, private corporates, institutions have contributed. SIH2020 a good example of a partnership of govt, private, and people.
Anand Deshpande — President, Persistent Systems, shared that world is all about networking, how well are we connected defines us. I second the idea of competing with ownself, shared by the Guest of Honour, Hon’ble Minister of State HRD, Shri Sanjay Dhotre. and A really motivating speech by the Chief Guest, Hon’ble Minister of HRD, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’. See the video above.
Mentoring sessions are planned at 11 AM every day.
Problem statements for my teams were in the category of “Security and Surveillance”.
Thanks to Dr. Sandeep Garg and his team for seamlessly executing the event for our team.
Dr. Amit Kanskar and Mr. Amit Dubey have also mentored and judged the teams with me.
Day 1’s primary suggestions were around alignment towards problem statements, product thinking, and analysis.
On Day2, some of the team have shown tremendous progress and revived completely.
On Day3, more discussion was about user experience and an end to end working.
Leisure Activity Break
Everyday 3:30 to 4 PM was a leisure break, live sessions by students, and artists.
Number of other leisure activities were also there, such as Team Pic Contest, Social channels, and Leadership talks and more…
PM Modi interacts with Students
PM Modi addresses and interacts with students on Day 1.
PM Modi and students interacted on their solutions and technology covering face detection while there is a mask, virtual policing, use tech to reduce the gap between people and police, data-based health solutions, prediction, AI, ML, corporate inefficiency detection and what not!
PM Modi urges to bring human touch in technology.
1000s of ideas were there for 100s of problem statements given to the students, this is just a glimpse of some.
Automatic Invoicing, settlement, reconciliation using AI
Virtual Police Station (AR VR)
Use of AI, ML, NLP, Chatbot to reduce gap of Police and People
CCTV based criminal activity detection using face, expression, and gestures.
Remote education solutions to working offline and at low internet speed.
Face detection using part of the face not covered with a mask.
Use of AI to detect corporate inefficiencies, and overcome them to boose growth
Predictive analytics on network traffic to detect malicious attacks
NLP and sentimental analytics on Chatbot/social media to predict violence, hate, harmful content.
AI to detect Chatbot vs human conversations
Reusable sanitary products, hygiene services, economical and environmentally-safe products.
Predict violations/damages on water-body, rainfall predictions, prevent loss of life and property
A virtual assistant to build a strong health system. Data based health services
Analyze corporate health of organizations based on actions and steps taken in the past and planned in the future.
Each Day ends with online evaluations of the participants on the following parameters
This time SIH platform was fully online and streamlined, evaluations result are also submitted online.
Day 3 ends with vote of thanks to participants, evaluators and organisers. Results will now be analyzed at institute level and by AICTE,
and the participants needed to wait for some more time.