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Amrita Students Win Rajasthan Online Hackathon 2018

September 17, 2018 - 9:30
Amrita Students Win Rajasthan Online Hackathon 2018

After a string of super successes, ‘Team Vision’, a student team from Department of Computer Science & Engineering, School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore campus, added yet another feather in its cap by winning the Rajasthan Online Hackathon 2018, organized by the Government of Rajasthan from July 6-8, 2018. Over 3000 teams from all over India participated in this hackathon.

The 36-hour-long Code-From-Home online hackathon opened at 6 pm on July 6 and ended at 6 am on July 8. The organizers were looking for ingenious ideas on themes such as e-Governance, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, AR/VR, Blockchain, Machine Learning, Big Data and Data Mobility. This online hackathon by Rajasthan was organized as part of Challenge for Change – a flagship contest by Rajasthan’s Department of Information Technology and Communications. The contest gives startups, professionals and students the opportunity to partner with the state government to enhance the effectiveness of e-Governance initiatives through technology. The prizes for ‘Team Vision’ included iPads, tablets, laptops and smartphones.

The contest is in line with Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje’s vision to transform Rajasthan into Digisthan. About this flagship event, she said, “The hackathon is not a one-off event but part of a series, aimed at engaging with the best talent of the country so that they can collaborate with us and co-create a better tomorrow for the people of the state. Four successful editions of hackathons organized by the state government so far are just a tiny glimpse of the superlative IT infrastructure support that we are building.”

‘Team Vision’ developed a smart app to provide route optimization (connecting paths of freight carriers and suggesting rerouted paths) and to minimize the FOB cost of manufacturing an item, prior to export. The software tools used included MATLAB, Jupyter Notebook, Online API – BigML, ThingSpeak, OpenCV, Spyder, Unity3d, Vuforia library, Raspberrypi3b+, Picam software and Blender. Anupam Rajanish, Sakthisree Venkatesan and Yeshwanth Sripathy, the members of ‘Team Vision’, took the lead in developing the app. The team is mentored by Prof. Prashant R. Nair, Vice-Chairman, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore.

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