Smart India Hackathon 2020: Submit Ideas by January 25
Entries have been invited for Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2020, a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform to solve some of the pressing problems faced in our daily lives and thereby inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem solving.
In SIH 2020, students get an opportunity to work on challenges faced within various Ministries, Departments, Industries, PSUs and NGOs to create world class solutions for some of the top organizations including industries in the world, thus helping the Private sector hire the best minds from across the nation.
It can help to Harness creativity & expertise of students; Spark institute-level hackathons; Build funnel for 'Startup India' campaign; Crowdsource solutions for improving governance and quality of life; Provide opportunity to citizens to provide innovative solutions to India's daunting problems.
Problem statements are available on www.sih.gov.in. They relate to (i) Agriculture & Rural Development (ii) Healthcare & Biomedical devices (iii) Smart Communication (iv) Food Processing (v) Clean Water (vi) Renewable Energy (vii) Smart Vehicles (viii) Miscellaneous (ix) Robotics and Drones (x) Security & Surveillance (xi) Waste Management.
There are Software and Hardware editions of SIH. The Software edition will be on 14th & 15th March, 2020 and the Hardware edition from 6th to 10th July, 2020.
Eligibility: Technology students from AICTE/UGC/IIT/NIT/IISER/IIIT/ Government approved educational institutions can participate. Maximum 7 teams (5 teams for Software edition + 2 teams for Hardware edition) per institution are allowed to participate in SIH 2020. Team should mandatorily have 6 students of which at least one should be a female. One f them should be the team leader. All team members should be from same college; no inter-college teams are allowed. However, members from different branches of the same college/ institute are encouraged to form a team.
An Institution has to nominate a Single Point of Contact (SPOC). The Single Point of Contact (SPOC) from every institution should register on www.sih.gov.in. SPOCs must upload their college authorization letter while completing the registration formalities.
The teams can come up with their own ideas against the problem statements and submit them to the nominated faculty or SPOC of their own college.
For short-listing these top 7 teams, every institution is expected to organize internal hackathon before submission of the selected teams on SIH portal. These internal hackathons should be held in the month of December 2019 or January 2020.
Details of internal hackathon (e.g. date, number of student participation, jury member, evaluation process etc.) need to be uploaded on the SIH portal along with few photographs of the internal hackathon. All submission should come from the college SPOC only. Submission of ideas directly from students will not be accepted.
The last date for team nomination and idea submission by College SPOC on SIH portal will be 25th January 2020.
Notification about selected teams will be put up on the SIH portal and will also be sent to their respective nodal centers.
The activities after short listing are detailed at the www.sih.gov.in
Prizes: There would be a single winning team for every problem statement posted on the portal. The prize money will be given by the collaborating ministry/ industry only if that organization likes the idea of the winning team. However, it is noT mandatory to announce only one winning team against each problem statement. If the collaborating ministry/ industry concludes that none of the ideas are up-to-the-mark, they may not announce any winning team at the finale.
Amount of prize money to be awarded to each winning team is Rs. 100000/- per problem statement. If there is a tie between two or more teams, the final decision of the prize money distribution will be taken by the problem statement creator only and once the decision is made, it won’t be changed further.
Ideas submitted under Student Innovation category might have different prize money. Teams are also encouraged to think out-of-the-box and provide creative solutions to themes under ‘Students’ Innovation’ category.
For more details of the idea submission process, please check: https://www.sih.gov.in/pdf/IdeasubmissionprocessSIH2020.pdf