IoT BootCamp & Smart City- Amaravati Hackathon

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KKR & KSR Institute of Technology & Sciences in partnership with ​Idealabs and powered by​NASSCOM 10,000Startups​, ​organized ​Smart City-Amaravati Hackathon ​preceded by an ​IoT BootCamp​. ​The Hackathon was a 36 hour hackathon held on 17-18 March 2017.

This hackathon was themed as: ​Smart City – Amaravati ​(Amaravati is the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh​). More than 150 ​students from CSE and ECE branch from second year, third and final year took part. The Hackathon started with an Ideation session where participants presented their ideas to a panel which consisted official from local city planning department, technology architects from Idealabs and some domain experts. Once all the teams presented their ideas and got them validated, the prototyping started. The organizers provided hardware kits, sensors and access to relevant software resources including Cloud servers apart from some technology mentors. It was heartening to see a majority of women participants. What was further heartening to see was that all the participants stayed back overnight. Students including women candidates staying back overnight for a technology hackathon in a tier-2 rural engineering college is a very encouraging sign. The college provided excellent facilities in terms of food and snacks to the participants at regular intervals. There was also a two hour fun break with lot of cultural activities including music, song and dance events. The participants resumed their prototyping work and by the end of second day afternoon, all the teams had their prototypes ready.

Now it’s time for the introduction of the jury panel which included

● Viiveck Verma- Board Member of Hyderabad Angels

● Murali Talasila- Partner & Innovation Leader at PWC

● Vijay Bawra- Lead Nasscom 10,000 Startups Telangana & Andhra

● Mr.Ramakrishna –Managing Director Efftronics Systems Private Limited

● Pankaj Diwan – Managing Director, UPTEC Idealabs Limited

At the end of the hackathon, everyone showcased their prototype,two teams were adjudged winners and two teams were adjudged Runners up. The solutions that were awarded as Winners

● Smart Bin

● Smart Parking

The solutions that were awarded as Runners up:

● Smart Agricultural Storage

● Driver Alert System

In summary, some of the high points of the event were:
1) Some very interesting prototypes built in a span of 36 hours.

2) A new culture of hackathon in tier two/rural college

3) Participation from local government/Industry to encourage students

4) Very enthusiastic participation of women candidates and students staying overnight.

5) A good combination of imparting skills in the form of BootCamp and hackathon to apply the learning in BootCamp.

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