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IIIT-H and Pravaha Foundation organised Hackathon on 'Sustainability through Technology'

International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIITH) in collaboration with Pravaha Foundation conducted a PAN India Hackathon for students between the ages of 10-17 years.

A total of 55 teams(3-4 students in each) registered in two categories from different cities of India. There were 3 stages of filtration in the hackathon and the final stage was conducted physically at IIITH campus

The topic of the Hackathon was 'Sustainability through Technology'. The purpose of the Hackathon was to build solutions using technology for Climate Change issues, and to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) no.10 and 13.

For the final phase, the 1st category(10-13yrs) tried to find solutions for the problem statement on Automated water management- Monitor and control usage of water. The 2nd category (14-17yrs) tried to build solutions around Automated Disaster management (including forest fire, litho-disaster and water borne disasters). Participants worked upon their solution model for 2 days in their respective teams at IIITH campus using Robotics, IoT, and App Development combinations to execute the solutions.

For the finale, 3 faculty members from IIITH (Prof. Ramesh Loganathan, Prof. Hari K and Prof Prakash Yalla), 2 faculty members from Mahindra University and economists (Asst Prof. Keerti Pendyal and Asst. Prof. Anjali Rajan), Environmentalist/Founder of The rainwater projectKalpana Ramesh, and Advisor, Agustya International Foundation - M. G. Subramanian were invited to evaluate the teams based on their solutions and presentations.

On the last day, the panel members not only evaluated the model solutions presented by kids but also gave them suggestions/opportunities to apply the prototype and extend it to the real-life implementation.

Everyone including mentors, judges and organizing team were impressed by the enthusiastic, innovative, and conscious young mindset of participants. It gave us a ray of hope towards building a sustainable world in future.

The Hackathon developed problem solving abilities, design thinking capability, presentation and entrepreneurial skills, and environmental awareness amongst the students. Winners and runners-up in the Finals received mementos, cash prizes of up to 25,000/- and certificates. They will also be provided with the opportunity to participate in the next international Hackathon organized by Pravaha.

About IIIT-Hyderabad: The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) is an autonomous research university founded in 1998 that focuses on the core areas of Information Technology, such as Computer Science, Electronics and Communications, and their applications in other domains through inter-disciplinary research that has a greater social impact. Some of its research domains include Visual Information Technologies, Human Language Technologies, Data Engineering, VLSI and Embedded Systems, Computer Architecture, Wireless Communications, Algorithms and Information Security, Robotics, Building Science, Earthquake Engineering, Computational Natural Sciences and Bioinformatics, Education Technologies, Power Systems, IT in Agriculture and e-Governance.

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