Giving a boost to technological innovation, Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh, organised “HACKDAY 2021” under its Entrepreneurship Cell (E-Cell) ‘JAZBA’, which has been formed under the aegis of Chitkara University Centre for Entrepreneurship Education & Development (CEED).
The event provided the students a platform to explore their potential as 17 teams of potential start-ups from CSE first year took part in the world’s first AI-technology based hackathon.
The panel of jury included Dr Kuldeep Sharma, Head, CSE; Dr Nitin Verma, Dean, Pharmacy; Dr Aditi Chandel, Assistant Director, International Operations; Akhilesh Jain, Entrepreneur; and David Mcdermott, Director, Operations, Princeton Hive, USA.
The event started with an informative session on entrepreneurship by Adit Goswami where he told the students about the entrepreneurial mindset. It was followed by a session by David McDermott and Avery Maune who discussed the misconceptions of Blockchain and use of AI in Ecology. Avery Maune said, “I wish we could use AI in Ecology as there is a big scope of human error in analysis. Animal traits tell a lot about human behaviour as well.”
The first prize of HACKDAY was secured by the team “Pirates of Fire” founded by Harsh Srivastava. The teammates included Ayushi Pathak, Ishan Chaudhary, Kunyalik Kanwar and Ankita Thakur. The team’s idea revolved around an AI-based fire extinguisher robot which will know the occurrence of fire and will be able to extinguish it with sound. The team won soft commitment of Rs. 1 crore from the jury and investor Akhilesh Jain and a confirmed commitment of Rs. 1 Lakh towards prototype development.
The second prize was won by team “Goal diggers” founded by Aditya Sharma. The team members were Suryam Bhukania and Saurabh Shukla. This team worked on a project which will help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and also help in curing depression.
Team “The weaponries” founded by Abhinav Sehgal won the third prize. The teammates included Anjori, Akshita, Akshat and Anmol. Their idea was to introduce AI holographic projection into the optical sight of a soldier by a new product – ‘HARA’ that is based on hologram, to match the requirements of future warfare.
The next prize was won by team “Door_1” founded by Devain Sharma. It’s idea revolved around a sustainable energy production device that will operate on the basis of combined solar, thermal and wind energy and provide higher efficiency energy conversion. The team got a non-equity investment of Rs. 1 Lakh from three lead investors: Dr Kuldeep Sharma (Head CSE, CUHP), Akhilesh Jain and Sumeer Walia, Director CEED, CUHP.
The last prize was won by team “Hack-o-holics” founded by Aditya Hada and team members Hritesh, Ankit Rana, Ansh Verma and Atul Kapoor. Their idea was to work on plastic problem and plastic pollution using AI technology.
The awards were distributed by Dr Manoj Manuja, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh and Sumeer Walia, Director, CEED, was the Program Director of HACKDAY. The organisers for the event were – David Mcdermott, Director of Operations, Blockchain Expert, Princeton Hive, USA; Avery Maune, Director of Communications, Ecology Expert, Princeton Hive, USA; and Adit Goswami, Head, Business & Operations, Entrepreneurial Expert, Princeton Hive, India.
Chitkara University, situated near Chandigarh (India) has emerged as the most vibrant and high-ranking university in North India which has been ranked A+ by the NAAC. With state-of-the-art infrastructure, scientifically driven pedagogy, strong industry collaborations, and 120+ working associations from schools across the world, Chitkara University not only attracts the finest students from across the nation but with its seamless placement support, it is also able to help them carve high growth careers.