Finale of first hardware edition of Smart India Hackathon 2018 from June 18-22

The finale of the first hardware edition of Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2018 will be held from June 18-22 with the winning team in each theme to get a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh.
The Hackathon is hosted by the HRD Ministry along with AICTE, Persistent Systems, i4C and IIT Kharagpur.
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said at a media briefing here on Monday that the Smart India Hackathon 2018 was in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was proving to be an important vehicle for scouting new ideas and in converting them into products and businesses, he said.
SIH2018 – Hardware edition is the first of its kind innovative initiative by the Ministry to provide a national platform to young technical minds of India to showcase their disruptive innovations and creative products which can bring out revolutionary changes in crucial sectors like agriculture, health, clean water, waste management, automotive, smart communication and education.
The Hardware edition is the sub-edition of SIH2018. Mr Javadekar said for Hardware Hackathon, 4362 team ideas were received with participation from 50000+ students across 752+ technical institutions.
After two internal rounds of evaluation with support from industry experts, 106 teams have been shortlisted to compete under the 10 themes in the SIH2018 Hardware edition Grand Finale.
The finale will be a 5-day event that will take place simultaneously at 10 prestigious institutions (Nodal centres) across India - IIT Kanpur (Drones theme), IIT Kharagpur (Agriculture), IIT Guwahati (Rural Technology), CEERI Pilani (Smart Communication), CSIO Chandigarh (Healthcare), IISc Bengaluru (Smart Vehicles), IIT Roorkee (Clean water), NIT Trichy (Waste Management), COEP Pune (Security), and Forge Coimbatore (Import Substitution).
Industry experts and angel investors will be the judges. The top 3 winning teams under each theme stand to win cash prizes – Rs 1,00,000 for the Winning team, Rs 75,000 to First Runner-up team and Rs 50,000 to the Second Runner-up team.
They may also get support from investors willing to invest in the products to make them market ready. The HRD Ministry was working closely with the Department of Science and Technology to explore the possibility of handholding the winning teams for creating startups with the support from various Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) across India.
Attempts were also being made to explore new avenues of additional funding post Grand Finale for some of the most promising innovations.
Secretary, Department of Higher Education, R. Subrahmanyam said, “Through the hackathon, we hope to give the technical students from our nation a chance to convert their innovative ideas into products with help of industry mentors, exhibit them to investors and get a chance to be one of the upcoming Startup initiatives.”
The Grand Finale for Software edition has already been completed on March 30-31 at 28 nodal centres. The winning teams have started working on further enhancing their projects, an official press release added.
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