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India is the only country ..! says AICTE chairman

India is the only country that takes up hackathon as a national initiative, according to Prof T G Sitharam, chairman of AICTE. The Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2023 finale will take place from December 19 to 23 and has seen unprecedented growth, with over 50,000 ideas submitted by 44,000 teams.

The grand finale will feature over 12,000 students and 2,500 mentors across 48 nodal centers, showcasing the growing popularity of the hackathon among students.

Many of the ideas will translate into patents, encouraging students to submit their ideas for assessment and funding. The Hackathon will ensure job offers for students once recruiters become aware of their participation and achievements.

A large number of girls are participating in the event, with as many as 58 all-girls teams taking part. Projects relating to surgical devices and eco-friendly products from recyclable waste will be showcased at the event.

The country’s innovation culture has surged due to the inclusion of ‘Design Thinking’ in the school curriculum from class VI onwards. The SIH 2023 grand finale will comprise two editions: the SIH Software edition on December 19-20, 2023, and the SIH Hardware edition from December 19-23, 2023.

The event also introduced the Smart India Hackathon – Junior in 2022 for school students and received 231 problem statements from 51 departments of 25 ministries.

The problem statements cover a wide array of challenges, such as drone-based surveillance systems for port areas, text-to-video conversion of PIB press releases using AI/ML for various regional languages, and the use of digital technology to calculate water footprints. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to engage with student participants on December 19.

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