SRM hosted India’s first Defence Service Hackathon for students

SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur hosted a Defence Services Hackathon, the first-of-its-kind in the country. It was hosted by SRM Innovation and Incubation Center, SRMIST. The aim of this hackathon was to involve students and researchers in developing solutions for real time problems faced by our armed forces.

A total of 54 teams involving 200 students, researchers and faculty members, participated in the Defence Hackathon. 12 problem statements ranging from use of AI/ML for Inventory management, Surveillance, Anti-infiltration obstacle systems, to novel firefighting systems in high altitude, Land slide arrester and tracked snow removers were selected and worked upon putting across their ideas/solutions. The teams were supported by more than 15 mentors with a range of expertise.

WINNERS

Track

Team ID

Problem Statement

Team Members

HARDWARE

HB2

Fire Fighting System in High Altitude Area

Yash Sameer Sunkle, Abhinav Vishwakarma, Aman Arora

SOFTWARE

SF2

Need for Application Security

Sornalakshmi K , Shalin N, Ashwin Raja S, Shamunesh P , Jerome Samraj M

RUNNERS

Track

Team ID

Problem Statement

Team Members

HARDWARE

HF4

Tracked Snow Remover

Vedant Anand, Tanishq Das, Karun Ashok Kumar, Debjani Guha Biswas

SOFTWARE

SA4

AI Monitor for Surveillance

Aryan Kargwal, Indira Dutta, Kunal Mundada, Srijarko Roy

JURIES SPECIAL PRIZE

Team ID

Problem Statement

Team Members

 

SE1

Flight Procedure Trainer using Virtual Reality (VR).

Pratik G K

KRM PUBLIC SCHOOL

Jury also awarded a special prize to Mr GK Prateek, 7th grade student from the KRM Public School. Chennai for his solution.  The 10 top teams will have an opportunity to join SIIC, as incubatees, for developing prototypes and support also would be extended for developing their own startups. 

Dr. T. K. Varadarajan, Nodal Officer, DGQA Facilitation Cell, Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor, provided support and guidance throughout the initiation, planning and execution of the robust hackathon. He highlighted the efforts of two SRMIST alumni startups Big Bang Boom Solutions and Torus Robotics who are working together with DRDO and IDEX for providing solutions.

The valedictory was graced by Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar AVSM, VSM; Vice Chief of Naval Staff. He said, “Students and researchers should apply latest technology to solve challenges faced by the Armed forces, especially the Navy.”

He reminded the audience that all branches of the armed forces are now technologically highly intensive and depend heavily on technology and the impact of winning future wars is dependent on the strategic use of latest technology.

The event was presided over by Vice Chancellor (Interim) Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan. He announced that SRMIST would soon come up with the next hackathon identifying researchers who could provide ideas/solutions to real time problems faced by the naval staff. Dr Ananth Kumar, President of the Institute Innovation Council SRMIST delivered the vote of thanks.