A team of IGNOU students has been selected as the first prize winner in the grand final of Smart India Hackathon 2022. The grand final was hosted by the Ministry of Education on August 25-26, 2022 in Ranchi, Erode and Hyderabad.
According to a press statement from the varsity, the winning team led by Kunal Ambasta (student MCA program) was awarded a cash prize of one lakh from the Ministry of Education.
Team IgnASM was 1st Runner-up and they worked on the problem statement to develop positive emotions in students in all age groups for holistic development and well-being in the Student Innovation category.
Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2022 is a nationwide product development competition, presenting problem statements to students for innovative solutions to some of the pressing problems we face in our daily lives.
IGNOU nominated 5 teams to participate at the national level of the SIH 2022, organized by the MoE and AICTE. Three teams of which participated in the Smart India Hackathon-2022 Grand Finale held in different Nodal Centres.
In order to select and nominate students for the National Level SIH 2022, an internal Hackathon, Smart IGNOU Hackathon-2022, was organized by the National Center for Innovation in Distance Education (NCIDE), IGNOU from March 11 to 14, 2022.
About 25 proposals were received, 8 teams presented their ideas and proposals and 5 teams were selected and nominated to participate in the Smart India Hackathon-2022 at the national level.
Smart India Hackathon is a national initiative of the Innovation Cell of the Ministry of Education to provide students with a platform to solve the pressing problems of government, ministries, departments, industries and other organizations. Problem statements are provided by government, non-governmental and private organizations and students are expected to provide solutions to these real-world problems through innovations. Each problem statement has a winner’s prize of 1 lakh.