Smart School Hackathon

Persistent Systems and i4C have been pioneers in planning, designing, and organizing World’s biggest open innovation model - Smart India Hackathon for last 3 years. Through this initiative, we have tapped the creativity and technical skills of engineering students from across India to solve the nation’s problems.

Hackathon is fast becoming a buzz word in higher education, recruitment drives and organization level employee engagement programs. Therefore, there was felt a need to introduce the hackathon culture to younger students at school level as well.

Smart School Hackathon is a pilot edition where we are reaching out to 30-35 schools (only in Pune and PCMC area) that have Atal Tinkering Labs, Robotic Labs or similar facilities. The initiative aims to tap innovative mind and creativity of younger students studying in Class 7, 8, and 9.

Know our delegates for Grand Finale: Smart School Hackathon 2020. Schedule for Smart School Hackathon 2020. (18th January, 2020)

Experts Speak

Mr. Vivek Kulkarni
Listen in to Vivek Kulkarni, Chief Architect, Persistent LABS and Coordinator - Executive Commitee for SSH2020 as he walks us through the idea behind the SmartSchoolHackathan2020.

Dr. R Venkateswaran
R. Venkateswaran (popularly known as Venki), SVP, Industrial and IoT Solutions, Persistent Systems, Ltd. talks about Internet of Things or IoT.

Mr. Gireendra Kasmalkar
Gireendra Kasmalkar - Founder & CEO, Ideas to Impacts Innovations Pvt. Ltd. congratulates and addresses finalists for the Smart School Hackathon 2020.

Mr. Pratap Sanap
Pratap Sanap, Solution Architect, Persistent LABS, Persistent Systems, explains what is Machine Vision or Video Analytics for the benefit of finalists of Smart School Hackathon 2020.

Dr. Arun Jamkar
Dr Arun Jamkar, Director & Founder Member, i4C, congratulates finalists of Smart School Hackathon 2020 and talks about having a scientific attitude, how to look at things differently and inculcating curiosity.

Mr. Kapil Kulkarni
Kapil Kulkarni, Lead - L&D Faculty, Persistent University, explains how solving problems requires clarity of your goal and a connection to people whose problem you are solving - and this then allows you to get into a creative mode and leads to the magic of problem-solving!

Mr. Deakin Daney
Deakin Daney, VP - RBL Bank explains what a hackathon is all about - it's about creating a leaner, meaner, cost-effective solution to the problem presented to you.

Dr. Ashok Korwar
Ashok Korwar, Advisor and Leadership Coach, Persistent Systems, emphasizes three important things children need to focus on in their future path: happiness. health, resourcefulness.

Problem Statements for Smart School Hackathon 2020

A device that indicates noise pollution level in classroom:
Problem Statement 1
How to manage a noisy classroom?
A device which can give an alarm or indication if noise made in the classroom goes beyond the control level. It will indicate to the students that they should reduce their voice. They can make use of decibel management system which is available | Use class volume meter in real time | Fun lights appearing across the room telling students to settle down.
Alert for cleanup – toilets | corridors | school area:
Problem Statement 3
Hygiene at school is extremely crucial in for health reasons of students.
A system may be designed that detects usage of dirty corridors, classroom or even the toilets. A sensor-based mechanism can be created which alerts dirty toilets | toilets with no tissue paper and wrappers and papers littered in the school premise.
An alert to remind missing books from school bag:
Problem Statement 2
Students may need to carry a variety of books to school for different subjects based on daily timetable. Forgetting a book at home or even losing it can cause a lot of inconvenience for studies. Therefore, there should be an alert that would ring to remind students to pack the missing book in the school bag.
Use of barcodes/alike system for books which will define subject wise | Use of notification on smart phones by alerting them the timetable of the day. Sending three reminders/alarms before the student leaves for the school | When the books not found in the bag, an alert beep is notified.
Tracking water usage at home and school
Problem Statement 4
Water is a very critical natural resource especially in India and tracking the water usage in daily routine is a need of an hour. Student needs to develop a system to optimize and track the water usage at school and home.
Use of sensors / alike system to determine water usage at every home / school and the system should help in educating people about importance of water and reusable water activities.
WOW (Wonders Out of Waste, Open Innovation Model)
Problem Statement 5
Building useful electronic products from reusable and waste components. (e.g. reusable battery propeller systems to drive low weight drones)
Students are free to select any challenges encountered during their daily routine and develop a product in-line with the statement.
Idea submission ends Nov 20, 2019
Download brochure and FAQs (Note: Brochure to be displayed in schools/ shared with parents)

Why Join Smart School Hackathon?

  • An initiative by Persistent Systems, i4c and Persistent Foundation
  • First of its kind initiative involving schools from Pune and PCMC
  • Designed on lines of highly successful Smart India Hackathon initiative
  • Harness the facilities of Atal Tinkering Labs, Robotic Labs or similar facilities
  • Tap innovative mind and creativity of younger students studying in Class 7, 8, and 9.

SPOC registration and Idea submission process

  • School to appoint Single Point of Contact (SPOC); can be school principal or any nominated faculty member
  • SPOC to register himself/ herself on Smart School Hackathon Google form
  • SPOC to guide students to form teams of 3-4 students
  • SPOC to encourage teams to select an interesting problem statement
  • SPOC to mentor teams to create interesting idea to solve problem statement
  • SPOC to help teams record their Idea proposal videos and upload them on YouTube
  • SPOC to register teams on their behalf and submit Idea Description along with YouTube links of idea
  • Unlimited teams from each school
  • 3 or 4 participants in each team
  • Teams can work on any one appealing problem statement