Faridabad, 29th December , 2023 – Manav Rachna Institute of Research & Studies hosted the Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2023, a day of non-stop innovation and research. It offered a dynamic platform for the nation’s youth to showcase their innovative prowess and problem-solving abilities. This unique initiative presents an opportunity for aspiring technocrats and innovators to tackle real-time challenges faced by various industries, government departments, and societal issues.
It is a nationwide initiative by the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell to provide students a platform to solve the pressing problems of the government, ministries, departments, industries and other organizations. SIH has been acclaimed as the world’s biggest open innovation model and it inculcates the culture of product innovation and problem-solving among students.
SIH 2023 offered 231 problem statements received from 51 departments of 25 Ministries. Manav Rachna Institute of Research & Studies hosted the central inauguration of the event which was graced by the Chief Guest, Prof. (Dr.) T.G. Sitharam, Chairman AICTE; Guest of Honor, Dr. Abhay Jere, Vice-Chairman, AICTE in the presence of Dr. Prashant Bhalla, President, MREI; Dr. Amit Bhalla, Vice President, MREI; Prof (Dr) Sanjay Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, MRIIRS; Prof (Dr) I.K.Bhat, Vice Chancellor, MRU, Dr. Umesh Dutta, Director, Manav Rachna Innovation and Incubation Centre, and other senior dignitaries from Manav Rachna.
MRIIRS was the Nodal Centre that hosted the Central inauguration that, was broadcast at 46 other nodal centers in the country. Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with the participants and their mentors, congratulating them on their participation and commitment to upscaling the nation’s digital and innovation quotient. He remarked how educational institutions are working towards the country’s development with their industry and academic collaborations.
Students worked day and night to bring the best solution forward. MRIIRS hosted yoga, Zumba, and interactive sessions to relieve the stress of coding and working on models. The valedictory session took place in the benign presence of AICTE officials: Mr. Yogesh Wadhawan, Mr. Saurabh Nagpal, and Mr. Shantnu. Dr. B.S. Gill from Parimukh Innovations and Mr. Mohit Bahl from Makershala also attended the event. Dr. Geeta Nijhawan, Associate Dean SET; Dr. Umesh Dutta, Director MRIIC; and Dr. Abhiruchi Passi, Deputy Director MRIIC, graced the occasion.
A total of 31 Teams comprising 200 plus participants along with Mentors are competing against 6 Problem Statements provided to MRIIRS from the Ministry of Power. Each Problem statement had a winning amount of Rs 1 lakh. The winners who bagged the prizes were Luna Bytes from Narula Institute Of Technology, West Bengal; Bright Sparks from Geetanjali Institute Of Technical Studies, Rajasthan; The Electronauts from Netaji Subhash Engineering College, West Bengal; Team Hawks from Sri Krishna College Of Engineering And Technology, Tamil Nadu; Null Byte from Kumaraguru College Of Technology, Tamil Nadu; and Tr0jan Team from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute Matunga, Maharashtra.
Smart India Hackathon 2023 was jointly organized by the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell, All India Council for Technical Education, and i4c. Doordarshan and Akashwani are the media partners of the Smart India Hackathon 2023. AWS and Hero were the official partners and Hack2Skill was the knowledge partner of the Smart India Hackathon 2023.
Through Smart India Hackathon, the youth demonstrate their capabilities and contribute meaningfully to the country’s development and technological advancement.