Singapore-India Hackathon 2019 Underway At IIT Madras

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The Singapore-India hackathon has 20 teams and for the first time, each participating team would comprise 3 students from India and 3 students from Singapore

Written By Varsha Chavan | Mumbai | Updated On:

The Singapore-India Hackathon, an initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started on Saturday, September 28, and will conclude on Monday, September 30. This initiative is one of a kind joint international hackathon between India and Singapore. This hackathon has 20 teams and for the first time, each participating team would comprise 3 students from India and 3 students from Singapore, thereby paving the way for the exchange of culture and ideas. PM Modi will address the second edition of the joint hackathon on September 30.

Speaking about the event, Anil Sahasrabuddhe, Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) said, "Singapore-India hackathon started in 2018. Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested this idea. He believes the solution for India's problems will come from young minds."

Students' ideas were invited and based on their out-of-the-box ideas, teams were invited. This is not about winning or losing but about finding better solutions to the problem statements," he added.

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Further elaborating the focus of the hackathon Sahasrabudhhe said, "In this hackathon, there are three areas and five problem statements. One area is good health and well-being for everyone, while the other two areas are quality education and sustainable clean energy. If students bring new ideas for problem statements related to these areas, it will be beneficial not just for our country but the entire world."

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Singapore-India Hackathon 2019

The aim of this joint international hackathon is to promote engagement and collaboration of student community in India with the rest of the world and to develop innovative and out-of-the-box solutions for some of the daunting problems faced by our societies. This year the hackathon is focused on three themes, 'Good Health and well-being', 'Quality Education' and 'Affordable and Clean Energy'.

The team with the most innovative solution will be presented with the prize money of $10,000, while the second, third and fourth winning teams will win $8,000, $6,000 and $4,000 respectively. There will also be the 'Prize of Encouragement' for 6 more teams with $2,000 per team who will come up with solutions that have high potential to take forward.

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(with ANI inputs)

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