Assam techies shine at Smart India Hackathon championship

Smart India Hackathon 2022, Don Bosco University


Terra Vision, a team of six students and two mentors from Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU), bagged Rs 1 lakh prize money at the 6th edition of Smart India Hackathon (SIH) organised under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

They were part of the four other teams that had made it to the finals surpassing the five-level selection process. These young engineers from various colleges and universities across India were competing over problem statements given to them by the Ministry.

The three other teams were from Adhiyamaan College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu, V.V. College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu, and Bajaj Institute of Technology, Maharashtra.

“For Don Bosco University, this is our 5th win” since the inception of SIH in 2017, Fr Joseph Nellanatt, pro-vice-chancellor, ADBU, said while felicitating the team.

According to Nupur Choudhury, mentor and senior professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), ADBU, three out of the six students already have job offers, one is lined up for a job through a paid internship and while the other two are expected to hear from more companies soon.

“Hackathon is not a fancy word and not easy as it seems,” wrote Tanmay Goyal, an Evaluator and Industry expert on the SIH panel.

Sharing photographs of the winners on LinkedIn, he explained, “Solving the problems Statements shared by Ministry of Urban-Rural Development and Housing Two Teams Terra Vision and Synergy01 won Urban Flooding and EV Chargers locator Respectively.”

He wrote that he is looking forward to working with Synergy01 for their upcoming EV Venture as well as Terra Vision to commercialize the idea and initiate government connections.

A total of 29 teams of 200 participants were competing against six problem statements from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Smart India Hackathon is a nationwide initiative to provide students with a platform to solve some of the pressing problems that face in their daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem-solving. The first four editions SIH2017, SIH2018, SIH2019 and SIH2020 proved to be extremely successful in promoting innovation and out-of-the-box thinking in young minds, especially engineering students from across India.