Smart India Hackathon 2018 | World’s largest Hackathon held in Udaipur

Smart India Hackathon 2018 (World’s largest Hackathon ) organized on March 30-31, 2018 in Udaipur. Techno NJR is the Nodal Center for Ministry of Railways.

It is a matter of pride that Udaipur was chosen as one of 28 Nodal Centers for organizing Word’s largest Hackathon. Udaipur based Techno India NJR Institute of Technology was chosen as a Nodal Center again this year after their successful performance in Smart India Hackathon 2017.

What is a Hackathon?

A Hackathon is an event, usually hosted by a tech company or organization, where programmers get together for a short period of time to collaborate on a project. The participants work rapidly and often work without sleep to achieve their task, as the events generally only last 24 hours to 36 hours or take place over a weekend.

Why Smart India Hackathon 2018?

Our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, envisages a Digital India to bridge the digital divide in our country and further promote digital literacy in order to make development a comprehensive mass movement and put governance within everyone’s reach in India. In order to work towards our PM’s vision, MHRD, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Inter-Institutional Inclusive Innovation Center (i4C), and Persistent Systems organized Smart India Hackathon 2017, a unique initiative to identify new and disruptive digital technology innovations for solving the challenges faced by our country. The initiative was a huge success. To reiterate the efforts towards our PM’s vision, MHRD, AICTE, i4C, and Persistent Systems is proud to propose the 2nd edition of this initiative – Smart India Hackathon 2018.

Smart India Hackathon 2018 is a non-stop digital product development competition, where problems are posed to technology students for innovative solutions

What makes it Largest in the World?

27 Union Ministry & Departments, 17 State Ministries are participating in this event who gave 1060 Problem statements. More than one lakh students submitted their digital solutions out of which 1296 teams consisting of 10300 students were shortlisted for Grand finale to be held at 28 Nodal centers across India Simultaneously. Techno NJR was the Nodal center for Ministry of Railways.

Techno NJR saw the arrival of 40 teams consisting of 300+ students and mentors arriving at their campus on 29th March. Teams came from Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Goa and also from smaller places like Medak, Jalgaon, Kunoor etc.  A team of 60 dedicated volunteers led by Umangini of the 3rd year worked day and night for 4 days to ensure guests comfortable stay and food arrangement.  Coordinator for Udaipur Nodal Center Aaditya Maheshwari along with his team of 15 faculty members ensured that all required infrastructures like Labs, telecommunication network worked without any problem.

Smart India Hackathon 2018
Registration Desk

The event was judged by a panel of 16 judges including 7 judges from Railways led by Director Rajiv Gupta. Other judges included Mr. Lalit Yagnik, ex-director IBM worldwide, Mr. Narendra Sharma, ex CEO, Hexaware, Mr. Damodar Dani, ex MD Modi Tyres, Dr. Raghuveer of GITS and others.

Smart India Hackathon 2018
Judges Meeting
Smart India Hackathon 2018
Judges Meeting Participant

Hon’ble Prime mister was so enthused about this event that he decided to talk to students at all 28 Nodal Centers at 8 PM on 30th March when students were working hard to find solutions. PM’s talk when he addressed students as Problem Solvers of the country filled students with confidence. Techno NJR organized a Zumba Session for participants at 10 pm through Leni & Group. Early morning at 6 AM on 31st April, a session on Yoga was organized.


Smart India Hackathon 2018
Hon’ble PM addressing students


Smart India Hackathon 2018
Zumba Dancing by Participants


Smart India Hackathon 2018
Yoga Session in progress


Smart India Hackathon 2018
Winners with Their Cheques

There were three prizes of Rs. 1 lakh, Rs. 75,000/- and Rs. 50,000/- for Winner, First Runner-up, and Second runner-up.

Winning Teams

Team Electric Sheep of Bengaluru won the first prize of Rs. 1 lakh for their solution of Public address system on platforms to be done on FM radio frequency so that passengers can hear the announcement on their mobile phones, Radios, and personal MP3 players. This will ensure that every passenger hears the announcement and do not miss their trains.

Team Janmitra of IIT, Dhanbad won the second prize of Rs. 50,000/- for their Machine learning algorithm-based solution to recognize the type of complaint and send it directly to concerned official. This work has been difficult to be done manually as the volume of complaint received via letter, email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media is very high.

Third prize of Rs. 25,000/- was won by Team RangersZ from VJTI, Mumbai for their solution to predict Railway Telecom Network failures and thereby minimize downtime. This is very important as entire reservation system and freight operations depend on efficient telecom network.


Travels from Paris to Udaipur to Learn Mewari: The ‘Nao’ Robot

Travels from Paris to Udaipur to Learn Mewari:

The ‘Nao’ Robot

NAO robot in Techno India NJR

Traveling all the way from Paris in France, a humanoid (Human-like Robot) reaches Techno NJR campus on 23rd April 2017. Named ‘NAO’, the humanoid was welcomed in a traditional manner by Techno NJR students. 100 CS/IT students of Techno NJR College will do programming for the next 3 months to make ‘Nao’ useful for various activities of Udaipur.

The robot already knows about 19 languages and is going to learn Hindi and Mewari Language by the means of programming. It is a ‘one-of–a-kind’ robot in the state. Nao reached the Dainik Bhaskar office on Wednesday 26th April 2017. In his words, he can cook, knead, drive a car, can shop online from websites like Amazon, can sing, etc.

How does Nao work?

As informed by the Director of Techno India NJR Institute, Mr. R S Vyas this is the fifth edition of a humanoid. This robot can provide any kind of information. The height of Nao Robot is 58 cms. 10 thousand Nao robots have been sold in the whole world. This robot works on special programming which identifies voice and does the required action, providing requisite answers. The humanoid gets active over a connection with Wi-Fi.

How does it give answers?

It has 7 artificial senses for talking. Apart from these, it has 4 microphones and loudspeakers to understand sentences and answer them.

A new teacher for the students!

It shall give information about cloud computing, data analytics, about the internet, artificial intelligence etc., which shall be a boon for the college students. The director of Techno NJR, Mr. Vyas has told the media that they have tied up with IBM and a new lab will be constructed in the college for the programming of NAO.

He can also work as:

  1. Middle management; can work on excel sheet.
  2. Commodity/salesman/supply duties can be achieved by him.
  3. It can give information about products.
  4. It can work as a reporter, journalist, writer, and announcer.
  5. It can work as an accountant for data processing.
  6. After programming, it can take the roles from being a receptionist to a superintendent, even a great guide too.

This can prove to be very beneficial for the students who wish to learn and explore the realms of the technology world. Such advancements opportunities provided to the students can ascertain great assistance in the learning process.


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