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Chitkara University to host the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon-2022

Chitkara University has been selected as one of the nodal centers to facilitate and host the grand finale of the Smart India Hackathon-2022, Hardware Edition, from August 25 to 29, 2022. A total of 15 teams having 105 participants are competing against 3 Problem statements from 1 ministry. Chitkara University is hosting problem statements given by Ministry of Home Affairs. Each Problem statement has a winning amount of Rs 1 lakh. Under the student innovation category three prizes of Rs. 1 lakh, Rs. 75000, and Rs. 50000 will be provided to the winning teams.

Smart India Hackathon-2022 brings the next generation evolution by the inclusion of new methodology to inculcate the culture of startup and innovation ecosystem across different age groups.

Conducted since the year 2017, Smart India Hackathon (SIH) is a nationwide initiative by Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell to provide students a platform to solve the pressing problems of the government, ministries, departments, industries, and other organizations. SIH has been acclaimed as the world’s biggest open innovation model, and it inculcates the culture of product innovation and problem-solving among students.

SIH is conducted every year in two formats i.e. SIH Software and SIH Hardware Editions, for higher education students. This year, Smart India Hackathon-Junior has also been introduced for school students to build a culture of innovation and problem-solving attitude at the school level. Every year, SIH impacts lakhs of students and provides them a national platform to test their educational learning in real-world problem-solving. It also aligns their interest toward Innovation and entrepreneurship.

SIH-2022 has offered 476 problem statements received from 62 organizations. 2033 winner teams of campus level hackathons organized under Smart India Hackathon 2022, comprising of more than 15000 students will participate in this year’s SIH grand finale at the national level. Teams will travel to the assigned nodal center and will work on these problem statements during the grand finale of SIH-2022.

As part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell and All India Council for Technical Education has identified 75 higher educational institutes/incubators as Smart India Hackathon nodal centers to host the participants of SIH and facilitate an environment to conduct the Smart India hackathon in its well defined and established format. At each nodal center, an officer designated by the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell will monitor and preside over the proceedings during the entire duration of the SIH grand finale.

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India has been interacting with the student participants of the Smart India Hackathon every year since its inception, and the PM is expected to interact with the students again this year on the evening of August 25th, 2022.

Smart India Hackathon 2020 is jointly organized by Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell, All India Council for Technical Education, Persistent Systems, and i4c. Doordarshan and All India Radio are the media partner of the Smart India Hackathon-2022. Shell and AWS are the sponsoring partners of the Smart India Hackathon-2022.

Each year, the Smart India Hackathon is conducted at various nodal centers, where selected student teams, industry representatives, design mentors, and evaluators travel to the assigned physical centers. The premier and prominent higher educational institutes/incubators are identified as nodal centers by the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell and All India Council for Technical Education in different cities. During the SIH grand finale, the student team works round the clock under the guidance of mentors and industry/Ministry representatives to produce the working solution for the selected problem statements.

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