Government of India’s initiative, World’s Biggest Hackathon, the Smart India Hackathon was concluded last week on April 2nd. Over 10,000 students in 1266 teams from across the country, sat down to put their brilliant minds to finding solutions for 598 real time problems faced by 29 government ministries.
Participating under the UGC (University Grants Commission), the team of 6 from LPU stood 1st runner up in their ministry. Our nodal center was at the Manipal Institute of Technology, Karnataka along with 47 other teams from across India.
The competition was a 36 hours non-stop coding event. It was great fun, with the hospitality of MIT and the support of the AICTE and UGC members making the environment conducive to the teams’ best efforts. We emerged second, and were awarded a cheque of Rs.75,000 as our prize. Needless to say, the whole to team was thrilled and are all looking forward to more of such challenges in the future.
“Support from LPU’s mentors and faculty was what made it possible for us to secure the 2nd position in an event so prestigious.” says Sonia Behal, a member of the team. The team’s front-end designer, Rizul Sharma adds, “It was a wonderful experience to sit together among developers from different parts of the country. We got to know their techniques and what technology they use. Got to learn a lot of new things from this hackathon”.