Chandigarh, June  18 , 2018   -Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2018 – Hardware edition (SIH2018) was inaugurated at CSIO amid fanfare and enthusiasim. SIH is the first of its kind innovative methodology adopted in India that will provide an opportunity to young technical minds to showcase their creativity in the form of hardware products that can solve some daunting problems faced by India such as need of clean water, waste management, creation of Smart vehicles and Smart Communication, and so on. The 5 days Hardware edition Grand Finale will include 3 judging rounds and an additional power judging round where top teams will be judged by industry experts and angel investors. The top 3 winning teams under each theme will stand to win cash prizes – Rs 1,00,000/- to Winning team, Rs 75,000/- to First Runner up team and Rs 50,000/- to Second Runner up team. They may also get support from investors who are willing to invest in the products and make them market ready. Ministry of HRD is working closely with Dept. of Science and Technology to explore the possibility of handholding the winning teams into becoming startups with the support from Technology Business incubators. Smart India Hackathon 2018 is proving to be an important vehicle for converting innovative ideas from technical students into Start up initiatives. This is in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative announced by Honorable Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi.

 The Chief Guest on this occasion was Prof. S S Patnaik, Director NITTTR. In his inaugural address he motivated the participating teams by sharing his five mantras of success i.e. always to have faith in oneself, to have a good vision, to think good, to act good and to spread goodness.

 While welcoming the chief guest Prof. R. K. Sinha, Director CSIO said that as a country of 1.25 billion people, the responsibility for sustainable development lies on the shoulder of the scientific community of our nation to develop technologies and products for the benefit of the masses. Such affordable technologies must include grass-root innovation and out-of-box thinking by young minds to tap their immense intellectual acumen into useful ideas and technological leads. Similarly, digital technology and modern communication systems have emerged as a game-changer in delivering cutting-edge technological solutions for societal and industrial applications. As envisaged by our Honorable Prime Minister, the mission of ‘Digital India’ is an attempt to bridge the digital divide in our country and to promote digital literacy for sustainable development. Smart India Hackathon is an initiative in that direction to encourage young students to inculcate out-of-box thinking and to harness the power of digital techniques for developing affordable products and technologies.

 Shri. Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of HRD, Govt. of India who graced the occasion through video conferencing encouraged the students to put in their best effort so that the country can benefit from the innovative ideas that they realize using the infrastructure made available to them through this unique initiative. Besides this Shri K K Sharma, Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of HRD, Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, Dr. Anand Deshpande, Chairman and MD, Persistent Systems, Shri. R Subrahmanyam, Additional Secretary MHRD, Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Director General, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini,  Arun Jamkar, President, i4C and Dr. Abhay Jere, Secretary, Organizing Committee, Smart India Hackathon 2018 were also contributing through video conferencing.

 CSIO will provide the help and infrastructure to the participating teams to turn their dreams into reality. Development of technologies for Biomedical instruments is one of the focus area of research in CSIO. The Biomedical group of CSIO is working towards research, design & development of futuristic medical devices for diagnostic, therapeutic, prosthetic & assistive devices for rehabilitation and orthopedic implants. Besides R&D, on-site and in-house test/calibration services for medical instruments are also being provided to the valued customers through ISO 9001-2000 certified national calibration facility established at Delhi Centre.

 At present, R&D activities of the group are focused towards providing technological Solutions for Solid Tumour Targeting using Peptides & Plasmonic Photo-Thermal Technique, Exoskeleton devices (ExoD), Intelligent Patient Movement Aids, Automation of Surgical Processes, Design & Development of State-of-the-art patient specific Orthopedic Implants, Postural Stability Assessment System, Biomechatronic Rehabilitative Solutions and Virtual Intelligence based Rehabilitation System.

 The group has expertise in many areas specific to medical instrumentation such as Signal Processing, Electronic Design & Instrumentation, Electronic Control, Mechanical Design & Fabrication, CAD Modeling, FEA, Biomechanics & Gait Analysis, Medical Robotics, Machine Vision, Image Processing, Machine Learning & Soft-computing, Orthopedic Implant Design & Manufacturing, Heat Transfer & Thermal Therapeutics , Diagnostic instruments. State of the art facilities such as GAIT Lab; CARE Lab;Metal 3D Printing Lab; Plastic 3D Printing; Force Measurement System; CAD Modeling & Analysis(using Autodesk Inventor, ANSYS, ADAMS, MIMICS, FE-Safe, ABAQUS, Magics, Simpleware Scan-IP, Anybody etc.), Contact Angle Measurement, Shot-Peening Machine, Wire-cut EDM, Heat Treatment etc will also be made available to the participating teams.

 The function concluded with formal vote of thanks by Dr. S. S. Saini, principal Scientist, CSIO.