IIT Madras and Sony India to host national-level hackathon 


The IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation (IITM-PTF) is collaborating with Sony India Software Centre Pvt. Ltd. to conduct a National hackathon referred to as ‘SAMVEDAN 2021 – Sensing Solutions for Bharat’ to encourage residents to resolve India-specific issues of societal curiosity utilizing IoT sensor board.

Registration has already commenced on July 1, 2021 for this problem, which is open to all Indian nationals residing in India.

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A workforce with a most of three members can register for the grand problem. The problem shall be held in three phases quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals. A complete of 75 concepts shall be chosen for the quarter-finals, and amongst them, 25 finest concepts shall be chosen for the semi-finals. There shall be seven finalists with prizes for each finalist. Prizes value 3 Lakhs shall be awarded to the most effective groups.

Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, stated, “The future is all about a tight convergence of physical systems with communication, computing, information and data gathering, machine sensing, autonomous decisions and actions and control. Thus sensors of all sorts will play a vital role in the Cyber-Physical Systems.”

Winners shall be eligible for prize cash in addition to an entrepreneurial assist scheme by IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation.

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V Kamakoti, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras, stated, “IITM-PTF plans to offer entrepreneur-in-residence scholarship for the top team for a year which will enable them to nurture it into a start-up.”

Further, every quarterfinalist shall be supplied with a SPRESENSETM board freed from value by Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation by way of IITM Pravartak Technologies Foundation.

Masayuki Toriumi, Managing Director, Sony India Software Centre Pvt. Ltd stated, “Sony is expanding into the Indian market in various fields, including not only electronics products such as televisions but also entertainment businesses such as movies and music. We aim to contribute to solving India’s problems and challenges by using Sony’s leading-edge technology, India’s software engineering resources, and the ecosystem involving the public and private sectors.”


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