The World’s Biggest Hackathon at Techno India NJR

The World’s Biggest Hackathon at the Techno India NJR

The world’s biggest hackathon was held in the Udaipur at Techno India NJR Institute under Digital India campaign of Indian Government. It was an ‘36 hours’ continuous quest to find solutions to various social issues in India. 10,000 participants across India worked together in order to solve a list of tribulations present in the country. The Smart India Hackathon 2017 was anticipated to promote innovation and out-of-the-box thinking in young minds, especially engineering students.

For those you are unaware of the term hackathon, it is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others collaborate on certain software projects. In this Smart India Hackathon, 584 teams, 10,000 engineering students participated and accumulated at 26 nodal centers across India.

Techno India NJR Institute got the opportunity to be the Nodal center of Ministry Of Railway. 61 teams from the best of engineering colleges in India consisting of 484 students along with their 54 mentors worked at the campus non-stop for 36 hours.

Around 60 teams along with their mentors reached the Techno Campus on the morning of 31st March 2017.  The registration for the event began at 10 in the morning which continued till 3 pm. After that, a sightseeing of Udaipur was organized for all the participants of Smart India Hackathon 2017.

The event started on 1st April 2017 at 7:30 am at the campus and was followed by a video speech by the minister of HRD, Mr. Prakash Javadekar who announced the commencement of Smart India Hackathon 2017. The students also had a live interaction with the minister of railways, Mr. Suresh Prabhu. The whole day passed with the participants working in the labs. The judgment procedure started by 7:30 and lasted till 9:00 pm.

The biggest attraction of the hackathon was- Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing thousands of aspiring innovators and programmers participating in Smart India Hackathon 2017 on Saturday 10:00 pm through video conferencing. A Zumba dance performance for 15 minutes was conducted by the college in the campus itself which was followed by a 5 Minutes DJ party session.


All the participants were awake all night and were working on their projects. The next day was started by a yoga session for the participants. After the second judging session at 9:00 in the morning on 2nd April, there was a final round in which 8 teams were selected from 64 teams and were asked to give the presentation of their projects. After which the winners were decided. This was followed by the price distribution, DJ party, and dinner. With this, the Smart India Hackathon 2017 came to an end with the official closing ceremony.

The Winner of the Hackthon 2017 was the team ‘Veer-3’, the second position was grabbed by ‘Mac-1’ team and the third position was grabbed by the ‘Lenister’s’ team. Each of the winners was given a prize money, 1 lac, 75 thousand, and 50 thousand respectively. The fourth and the fifth runner-ups were given 10 thousand rupees each.

Position Prize Team Name City Project
First Prize 1 lac VIER 3 Kotambi Accident at Unmanned Level Crossing
Second Prize 75,000 MEC 1 Kakkaveri Smart waste container
Third Prize 50,000 Lanisters Pune Dire tracks
Fourth Prize 10,000 Tech Infinity Mumbai Women Security
Fifth Prize 10,000 Cerebro Gaziabaad Virtual Tour of Railway Station

The hackathon was centered on the problems of social importance acknowledged by 29 ministries and departments of the government. They identified 598 problems, which 7,531 teams of approximately 42,000 students responded to. Of them, 1,266 teams of 10,000 participants were shortlisted for the finale.



Aspire and iCarnegie sign MoU with Techno India NJR, followed by IW-FOSS 2011

Aspire Human Capital Management and iCarnegie (subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University) announced that they have signed an MoU with Techno India NJR Institute of Technology, Udaipur to prepare their Computer Science and IT students through ITProTM, Aspire’s embedded employability education product. ITProTM content has been developed by faculty at iCarnegie, a subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University and is a 12-course, 8-semester Software Development Program to be delivered over 4 years, with access to best in-class iCarnegie content and delivery methodology. Aspire’s India’s leading embedded employability education company, exclusively markets this iCarnegie content in India with a vision to excel and create global employability opportunity for every student of its college. 

As per the agreement, Aspire, which works extensively in the field of employability training, will first train selected final semester students from computer science/IT stream to make them more industry ready. Students from the Computer Science/IT at Techno India NJR Institute of Technology will receive world-class “industry-centric” and “employability enhancing” technology education through this program. The program will help them become future-ready with global certification from iCarnegie on successful completion of this embedded course. The Techno India NJR Institute of Technology has been operational since 2008.

“We are happy to extend ITProTM to students at Techno India NJR Institute of Technology to help them become software development industry-ready. We are delighted to see Techno NJR’s commitment towards their students and are confident that ITProTM will definitely help students develop a winning edge. Aspire follows iCarnegie’s experiential learning pedagogy to impart the required hard and soft skills to the students while certifying the faculty at the institution. With this MOU we are bringing world’s best software development education to Udaipur.” 

Mr. Amit Bhatia, Founder and CEO, Aspire

“This is a great opportunity to collaborate with Aspire and iCarnegie. ITProTM will not only help the young minds to compete with their counterparts but shall also give our students an understanding of where they stand with respect to the global scenario”. He addedAspire is a name to reckon with in employability education and we are delighted to bring India’s leading professional training to our students. This MOU will be effective for 5 years initially. Techno India NJR Institute of Technology is responding to Indian employers and ensuring that our students are industry as well as future-ready through the program and second to none amongst Engineering Colleges”

Mr. R.S. Vyas, Director, Techno India NJR Institute of Technology

We are happy to be associated with Techno India NJR Institute of Technology in this important initiative through Aspire, our exclusive partner for ITProTM. Aspire and iCarnegie are committed to enhancing software development education in India to create employable engineers.”

Mr. Gil Taran, CEO, iCarnegie

On the occasion of its launch on 5th December 2011, a press conference was held at TINJR, alongwith inauguration of iCarnegie ITProTM Lab at Techno India NJR.

In the evening, there was an International Workshop on Free and Open Source Softwares (IW-FOSS) held in Techno India NJR, where Chief Guest for the workshop was Prof. Sorel Reisman and presiding guest was Mr. Satish Babu, alongwith Mr. John Walz as the guest speaker who interacted with the students, and made them aware of the importance of free and open source softwares. Prof. Piyush Javeria’s contribution to the IEEE platform was praised by the dignitaries, followed by the inauguration of the website prepared by the student members of the IEEE for the IEEE Computer Society Student Branch at Techno NJR. The program was followed by cultural events where every guest was given a warm welcome by the traditional performances of our own Udaipur. Have a look on the glimpse of the workshop below.

Photos By: Upesh Bhatt

Dr. Sorel inaugurating the IEEE Student Branch website