Hackathons to fight coronavirus: Govt, entrepreneurs in search of innovations


Written by Arnab Mitra
| New Delhi |

Updated: April 11, 2020 5:56:41 pm

Hackathons at the moment are being deliberate worldwide to fight coronavirus. Representational picture/ gettyimages.in

As scientists and well being staff try to put an finish to the pandemic, varied international IT corporations, organisations and the Human Resource Development Ministry are additionally looking out for concepts and innovations to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The authorities of India has launched the hackathon ‘Samhar-Covid19’, organised by the Ministry of Information and Technology (IT), which goals to discover a resolution to the pandemic utilizing new-age applied sciences together with synthetic intelligence (AI). Speaking to indianexpress.com, AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe stated the aim of organising hackathons is to get modern concepts to take care of the worldwide pandemic.

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“We are holding competitions to get innovations that can better our support systems — both software (application based) and hardware to fight this global pandemic. There are applications created to detect the proximity of having coronavirus. While in the hardware part, the masks, portable ventilator are good examples,” the AICTE chairman defined.

“The idea of organising hackathons is to unearth such talent and their innovations to aid mankind during the crisis,” the chairman talked about.

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There are a number of trade gamers who’re on the lookout for these hackathons to develop new merchandise and can get a possibility to flip their innovations into merchandise which will assist the nation and world to come out of this disaster, commented Sahasrabudhe.

The individuals didn’t disappoint in the not too long ago concluded FICCI Covid-19 Hackathon. Ideas resembling autonomous UV disinfectant robotic: UV Robot for disinfection of quarantined areas utilized by corona sufferers; Humans AI: Labelling knowledge to present a way of earnings to who want it most; Falcon virus monitoring: threat contact decided with alert to healthcare methods, surveillance had been proposed.

However, not everybody agrees that is the suitable method. National Institute of Technology (NIT) Durgapur chairperson Anupam Basu remarked, “The innovations should be a regular practice. These hackathons may certainly encourage students but this appears to me as something being done in fits and starts. This is an emergency and a more professional approach is called for.”

Several different outstanding hackathons had been carried out worldwide together with Beat the Pandemic by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Covid-19 international hackathon. 

Entrepreneur Asha Jadeja Motwani has additionally began a 72-hour hackathon Code-19 and is anticipating round 3,000 individuals from throughout the globe. The individuals might be in a position to collaborate with mentors and subject-matter specialists together with varied knowledge assets throughout this hackathon.

“The focus of CODE-19 is on developing solutions quickly and applying them in everyday life. The participants would be tasked with decoding the Coronavirus outbreak and its impact on India, encoding smart solutions to mitigate the impending Corona-inflicted challenges,” Motwani stated.

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