M.Tech students of the School of Computer and Information Sciences at University of Hyderabad (UoH) have stood second in the 24-hour Intercollegiate Hackathon 2017, IIIT Sri City, Chittoor, AP, October 7th, 2017 6pm – October 8th, 2017 6pm.

The 24-hour HACKATHON at IIIT Sri City gave the opportunity to work with computers to solve societal problems. The objective is that the Urbanization in India has increased over the decades and accounts for more than a third of its population. However, its infrastructure has not kept pace and its residents lack access to clean water and air, and suffer from health, transportation, security, and other problems. To help in addressing these issues, IIIT Sri City has made ‘Smart cities’ as its key research area, in tune with ‘Smart Cities Mission’ (smartcities.gov.in) of the Government.

The problem given was to find the solution for demand supply chain management in Urban water distribution and leakage detection using flow sensors.

24 teams participated out of which a team of five students of M.Tech programme from School of Computer and Information Sciences achieved Second position. The students who took part in the Hackathon 2017 include Suvajit Sarkar, Wyes Karny, Argha Sahu, Vaddadi Venkatesh and Susil Kumar Mohanty.

The Hackathon announced cash awards of Rs: 6000 for First prize and Rs: 3000 for Second prize. During the HACKATHON, participants were given a microcontroller (e.g. Raspberry Pi 3), a few sensors, access to the internet, etc. Hackathon expected from the participants to design, develop and demonstrate innovative solutions to the given challenge.

The Hackathon saw Research Expo Session and Invited Talks by Eminent Faculty of IIIT & IIT faculty and poster presentation by IIIT students. Industry experts Dr. Ch. Subrahmanyam, Senior IT Consultant (Celstra Infocom, etc.), Hyderabad; L Kannan, Entrepreneur (Electro-Mechanical Systems): Vortex, MicroSpin, Skillveri, etc. and Distinguished Alumni, IIT Madras; Sundararaman, Senior Telecom Analytics Consultant (Pi systems, etc.), Chennai; Venkatesh Jagannathan, IoTs and Security, Cognizant, Chennai; Shemeer Babu, GM-Technology, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI), Bengaluru and Anand Krishan, Senior Engineer, Prana Global, Chennai were also part of the event.