New Delhi – Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union Minister for Human Resource Development inaugurated the grand finale of ‘Smart India Hackathon’ (SIH) 2019 hardware edition, conducted from 8 to 12 Jul, at 18 different nodal Centres in 9 States, 1 Union Territory and the Capital Territory of India, providing innovative hardware solutions for 124 problems.
SIH is a platform where students and innovators can develop smart solution to day to day problems.
Problems under the programme, are broadly based on agriculture & rural development, food technology, waste management, clean water, renewable energy, healthcare & biomedical devices, smart vehicles, robotics and drones, security & surveillance, smart communication, sports and fitness, sustainable environment, smart textile, smart cities areas.
“We can become a highly advanced, developed and prosperous nation through research, innovation and appropriate use of technology”, Pokhriyal said.
SIH was started in the year 2017 with participation of around 50000 students and in 2018 around 1 lakh students participated.
Around 2 lakh students have participated this year. Over 1.2 lakh students from 2,235 colleges sent their entries for 198 problem statements, submitted by more than 40 industries and 9 Central government ministries and various government departments.
Almost 2000 participants from 250 teams of 178 different colleges are participating in the grand finale, including IIT’s and NIT’s.
SIH is an initiative of HRD Ministry in line with the vision of the Prime Minister in making a New India.