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SSN Hosts ‘The Smart India Hackathon 2017’ Focusing on Problems Related to Earth Sciences

Chennai, April 1, 2017 – SSN College of Engineering hosted the grand finale of the Smart India Hackathon 2017, India’s first massive scale hackathon initiative, which was held for two days uninterruptedly. Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri. Prakash Javadekar inaugurated this initiative and Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE addressed the gathering, simultaneously across 26 centres in the country. Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi also interacted with all the participants via video conference during the Hackathon at 10pm on 1st April.
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The Smart India Hackthon is a part of Shri. Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative and was launched on November 9, 2016. For this initiative, 29 different Government Ministries and Departments came together to pose 598 problem statements to 30 lakh technical students from across India. Over 10,000 technical students were selected to compete in the finale of the Smart India Hackathon with the aim of creating implementable and sustainable solutions to the 598 problem statements identified earlier. SSN was selected by the Ministry of HRD/AICTE as one of the 26 nodal centres to create solutions for problems related to Earth Sciences. Thiru K.P. Anbalagan, Hon’ble Minister, Higher Education including Technical Education, Electronics, Science and Technology, Tamil Nadu and Hon’ble Dr. Justice Anita Sumanth of the Madras High Court was the Chief Guest at the event and Mr. Lakshmi Narayanan, Vice Chairman of Cognizant was the Guest of Honor.

The 10000+ technical students across the country worked for 36 hours non-stop to build tools that the nation will benefit from. Several teams from SSN participated across centres in India. Smart India Hackathon is the world’s largest Hackathon and will be recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. The digital solutions that are created, will improve the functioning and governance of different Government Departments. It harnesses creativity and expertise of students, build funnel for ‘Startup India, Standup India’ campaign, crowdsources solutions for improving governance and quality of life, and provides opportunity to citizens to create innovative solutions to India’s daunting problems.

Mrs. Kala Vijayakumar, President, SSN Institution said, “It is a great honor for SSN to be associated with the World’s biggest Hackathon organized as part of Prime Minister’s Digital India initiative and we are heartened to note that several teams from SSN have made it to the final round.”

The Grand finale at SSN saw participation from 58 teams from across India comprising 360 students and over 120 industry mentors. The judges of the event were officials from the Ministry of Earth Sciences. The three winning teams received a prize money of Rs. 1 Lakh, Rs. 75,000 and Rs. 50,000, respectively. The winners and other selected teams became a part of the AICTE Start-up scheme, allowing them to gain a direct entry into the presentation round for securing funding for their business model.

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About SSN Institutions
SSN Institutions, located in the Old Mahabalipuram Road, is spread over 250 acres with a built-up area of over 1.8 million sq ft and is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure for learning including computers and Internet facilities networked by optic fibre links, modern workshops & labs, seminar halls, auditoria, libraries, gymnasium, a sports complex and hostels for men and women. The campus is entirely wi-fi enabled with 24/7 internet access. The total students’ strength is 4400. SSN has one of the highest percentages of PhD holders in its faculty among all private educational institutions.

SSN Institutions currently comprise of a College of Engineering, School of Management, School of Advanced Software Engineering, School of Advanced Career Education and the Research Center.

About Shiv Nadar Foundation

The Shiv Nadar Foundation (www.ShivNadarFoundation.org) has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL – a $6.5 billion leading global technology and IT enterprise, with over 110,000 employees across 31 countries. Founded in 1976, HCL is one of India’s original IT garage start-ups and offers diverse business aligned technology solutions spanning the entire hardware and software spectrum, to a focused range of industry verticals.

The Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit-based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide. To that purpose the Foundation is focused on the underdeveloped disciplinary areas in India related to transformational education, creativity and art.

The Foundation set up the SSN Institutions (www.SSN.edu.in) in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering (already a highly ranked private engineering college in India), in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Foundation has also set up VidyaGyan (www.VidyaGyan.in), a residential leadership academy for meritorious rural children, at Bulandshahr and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh. In addition, the Foundation runs the Shiv Nadar University (www.snu.edu.in), an international multi-disciplinary university with strong research orientation located in Greater Noida in India’s National Capital Region and the Shiv Nadar School (www.shivnadarschool.edu.in), a network of progressive urban schools across India aimed to provide children with education that creates lifelong learners. The Foundation has also set up the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (www.knma.in), India’s largest private philanthropic museum in modern and contemporary art, with the vision to take art to the common public.

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