India Singapore Hackathon 2018: Solutions for Humanity
Sowing the Seeds of Future Partnership
During his official visit to Singapore on 31 May-02 June 2018, H E Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi, proposed to H E Prime Minister of Singapore Mr. Lee Hsien Loong that India and Singapore should organise a Joint Hackathon to harness and show case the innovation potential of our youth. The proposal was welcomed by PM Lee. Singapore side designated Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and its innovation and enterprise arm – NTUitive to conduct the Hackathon. Indian side designated All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to conduct the Hackathon. High Commission of India in Singapore facilitated the event in collaboration with Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs of Singapore.
20 teams each from both countries comprising university and college students selected on nationwide basis were participating in the Hackathon. Each of these teams had 3 students and 1 dedicated mentor. From India, an 83 member delegation comprising 60 students, 20 mentors and 3 officials of AICTE was visiting Singapore for the Hackathon.
The 36 – hour hackathon had begun at NTU, which ended on 13 November at 9.00 pm. On 14 November, top 6 teams (3 each from India and Singapore) were announced after a final pitching session. First prize of S$ 10000, second prize of S$6000 and third prize of S$4000 had been announced for each of the three winners from India and Singapore.
The Problems Statements presented to the participants were in the areas of mapping, synchronised output of diverse social media, shared digital identity verification, effective number estimate, space management and allotment, effective learning and personal security. These Problem Statements are based on campus scenarios which students can easily relate to. The solutions will act as seeds to address larger problems in these areas in society.
Source: High Commission of India, Singapore’s Press Release
Photos: Indian High Commission, Singapore