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Rajkot Smart City Hackathon 2017
30 Jul 2017

In order to work towards our PM’s vision of a Digital India, Rajkot Municipal Corporation, organized the Rajkot Smart City Hackathon 2017, a unique initiative to identify new and disruptive digital technology innovations for solving the challenges faced by our city. This aims to institutionalize a model for harnessing the creativity and technical expertise of thousands of students for direct benefit of our city. Shri Banchha Nidhi Pani, Municipal Commissioner, Rajkot Municipal Corporation, Rajkot  was the Chief Patron of this unique initiative, while Darshan Institute of Engineering & Technology was the Knowledge Partner in the organizing committee of this initiative. Smart City Rajkot was co organized by RMC and Marwadi University. A team of 13 students of Form - XII (07 Boys and 06 Girls – escorted by  Mentors – Mr Shailendra Mishra and Ms Jaidevi Rathod – attended the same on the 29th and 30th July, 2017.

There were two rounds for this event. In the first round there were more than 500 teams registered from 5 different states and 1600 participants. Only 285 teams qualified for the second round and two teams from RKC also qualified for the same. With 24 departments and 101 problems each team was prepared to do their best.

It was a unique experience for all of them, as they had to work on their project from scratch and deliver the end product within 36 hrs, without any breaks for sleep. They went to Marwadi University on 29th at 7:20am. This happened to be the first Smart City Hackathon that was declared open by our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on 29th June 2017 and inaugurated by our Chief Minister, Shri Vijay Rupani on 29th July 2017. Very clearly the core objective was to give a platform to young students of our country and provide an opportunity for them to showcase their talent.

Two of our teams that qualified for the finals performed very well and impressed the judges and guests as they were amongst the only 8 teams qualifying from School level. The event was mainly for engineering students.

During the event students were evaluated and guided by the team of mentors. RKC1 stood second in School round and were awarded with a trophy and prize money of Rs. 2000/-. First prize was secured by Darshan Institute of Engineering and Technology, Rajkot for “Alert system for direct pumping in water distribution”, 1st Runners-Up were Saveetha Engineering College, Chennai and 2nd Runners -Up  up were Army Institute of Technology Pune.

It was a memorable experience for our students and they thoroughly enjoyed the same.