As many as 178 youngsters comprising as 38 teams pitched them ‘out-of-the-box’ ideas with the ‘Proof of Concept’ (PoC) to solve complex problems faced by urban civic bodies and other government agencies, as part of the two-nation Sunrise Open Challenge Hackathon (SOCH), at Innovation Valley on Sunday.
Organised by Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society (APIS) with the support of DCF Ventures and Axix Innovation, the first leg of the SOCH was organised in Tel Aviv of Israel on January 27 and 28, where 30 startups presented innovative solutions to various problems. The winners and high-performers were awarded $65,000. The second leg was organised at Innovation Valley here on Saturday and Sunday.
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21 teams for final
“Indian participants, half of them from Andhra Pradesh, had demonstrated their new ideas. Our jury comprising domain experts after several rounds have selected 21 for the final. Four winners will be given away the prizes on Monday,” APIS CEO Winny Patro
The teams get involved with each other with solutions to problems being faced in the domains of water supply, agriculture and cyber security. The challenge that began on Saturday lasted for 30 hours. During the hackathon, workshops and fun activities were also organised to inspire up the spirit of the participants.
IT Minister Nara Lokesh will give away $65,000 to the winners at a ceremony scheduled to be organised here on Monday
DCF Ventures CEO Lakshmi Potluri said the two-nation hackathon was an attempt to encourage innovative ideas to ensure better delivery mechanism by government agencies. The hackathon had two rounds. The first round had identified the problem statements published across both nations calling for online applications from companies, startups and students for registration.
After profile-sorting, screening of applications selected incumbents was asked to come up with ‘Proofs of Concept’ and use 30 hours to work with the mentors from different departments to customise the solutions.
Having organised hackathons on cybersecurity, financial technology (fintech), agriculture technology (agtech), the government is organising such events regularly to encourage the innovation culture in AP, Mr Patro expressed.