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Grand Finale at JECRC

Innovation and entrepreneurship are at the peak in India. In order to make development a comprehensive mass movement and innovate on all fronts, MHRD, AICTE, i4c and Persistent Systems have come together to organise Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2019 - a unique Open Innovation Model for identifying new and disruptive technology innovations to solve the challenges faced in our country. It's a non-stop product development competition, where problem statements are posed to technology students for innovative solutions. The first two editions SIH2017 and SIH2018 proved to be extremely successful in promoting innovation, out-of-the-box thinking in young minds, especially engineering students from across India. To reiterate the efforts towards our PM’s vision, all together proposed the 3rd edition of this initiative – Smart India Hackathon 2019. Smart India Hackathon 2019 is being organized and had 2 sub-editions – Software as well as Hardware.

18+ union ministries and departments and 95+ Corporates had joined this grand initiative, making it much bigger than the previous edition. Smart India Hackathon 2019 is a non-stop digital product development competition, where 350+ problems are posed to technology students for innovative solutions.

In SIH 2019, the students would also have the opportunity to work on challenges faced within the private sector organisations and create world class solutions for some of the top companies in the world, thus helping the Private sector hire the best minds from across the nation.

JECRC was one of the only 48 Nodal Centres including IITs and NITs from all over the country to have been shortlisted as the nodal centre for conducting the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2019. JECRC has been given the problem statements of Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Power, Hero Electric vehicles and Tata Moters. Over 300 participants of 32 teams and 30 subject experts, judges and technical officers from all over the country came to JECRC campus.

Minister HRD, Shri Prakash Javadekar invigorated the contenders via video conferencing at the inaugural ceremony from the nodal centre JECRC University, Jaipur. Shri Javadekar, addressed 11,000 innovators at 48 centres in 42 cities across the nation. It was great and proud moment in the history of JECRC to listen to honourable minister and share experiences with them. While addressing the gathering of students he said that “The young minds of the participants, brainstorm problem statements to seek innovative solutions. We will find our solutions and will lead the global community in innovations ". He congratulated all the participant teams as well as Nodal Centre for successful organization of SIH 2019.

There were total 8 problem statements of Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Power, Hero Electric vehicles and Tata Moters for which 32 teams from all over India participated to provide their real solutions. The teams were accompanied by their mentors from industry. Teams from all over India congratulated JECRC team on such a successful event. They also appreciated the communication which was established with them prior to the main event as all the important information was communicated to them well in time.

The AICTE representatives, along with the judges and Nodal Officer, mentored the students for their respective problem statements in various mentoring/training sessions on 2nd and 3rd March. These teams were evaluated by a total of 30 judges from the Ministry as well as renowned software companies. Hon'able Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi himself spoke to the participating students and organizers at all 28 nodal centres expressing his faith in the long terms benefits of this nationwide technological revolution. The two-day schedule included a lot of recreational activities for the participants as well like Yoga Sessions, Zumba Dance Sessions & Red Bull Hour. These participants were provided lodging facilities within campus the in hostels of JECRC. More than 80 students of JECRC and around 50 faculty members were part of the organizing team that made this event possible. This event witnessed a footfall of many senior government officials and AICTE officials. The valedictory session was graced by the presence of Mr. Rohit Jhamb, Vice President-HR, Accenture. He congratulated all the participant teams as well as Nodal Centre for successful organization of SIH 2019. Over 80 students and all faculty members of JECRC took the responsibility for the successful execution of this national mega event. JECRC Team worked very hard with full sincerity, dedication, devotion and coordination to make this event successful. Further, 10 teams from JECRC were also shortlisted to participate in SIH 2019 for different ministries at different nodal centres. Also ministries and Corporates have approached teams from JECRC to have internships with them, for at least one year and develop their solutions into workable models.
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