Pranav Agarwal and Rishi Hiran from Institute of Technology emerged as the winners at the ASEAN-INDIA Hackathon organised by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. ASEAN-INDIA Hackathon is an initiative across 11 countries of the ASEAN region by the Ministry of Education to provide students with a platform to solve some of the pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem-solving. The first edition of the ASEAN-INDIA Hackathon 2021 was organised online from Feb 1-3, 2021 addressed by the Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. 330 representatives from 11 countries were tasked with solving 11 problem statements received from the Ministry of Education on the theme ‘Blue Economy’.
Pranav Agarwal from the Mechanical Engineering department and his team of six members designed an innovative solution for Improving the supply chain logistics in international shipping by using Blockchain to make the transactions faster and secure, and to make the necessary documents immutable thereby enhancing the data security. They won the 1st prize along with prize money of $2700.
Rishi Hiran from the Instrumentation and Control Engineering department and his team of six members designed a solution for the problem-Cost of Air Pollution to Solar Power Generation (CAPsolar) by using a linear regression algorithm. The team won special prize money of $600 for their efforts and enthusiasm shown. Both the teams consisted of team members from different ASEAN countries. Pranav and Rishi were chosen as the team leaders of their respective teams.
Toy Design Challenge 2021
Akanksha Shah of Semester VI, Industrial Design student won the ADW – M2M- Toy Innovation Challenge launched by Gujarat Student Startup and Innovation Hub (i-Hub) and hosted by I-Hub and United World Institute of Design in Feb 2021. She received a grant of Rs 2 lakhs to build an innovative enterprise around it.
Thermax STORM 2021
Vashishtha Nayak, Yash Bhutwala, and Dhruv Borda, third-year students in BTech Mechanical Engineering won the First Runner up position in Thermax STORM 2021 organised by Thermax Global, Pune. STORM is an Online Case Challenge for second and third-year students. It aims to provide a platform to the young minds to solve real-world engineering problems and to use their ideas and concepts to come up with unique perspectives and creative solutions. Teams from more than 20 institutes, including NITs participated in the event. The student team received a cash prize of Rs 30,000 on Feb 15, 2021.
Sustainable Community Design 2021
Bhaumik Shukla, Dhruv Bhimani, Shivam Chandravadia, and Aayush Patel, students of Civil Engineering Department, Institute of Technology secured third position in the national level competition ‘Sustainable Community Design 2021’ organised at Manipal University, Jaipur on March 16, 2021.