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​Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates winners of second Singapore-India Hackathon

Published on: 30-Sep-2019

​• Mixed teams introduced this year to encourage closer collaboration and inspire greater creativity  

NTU Singapore alumni based in India gather to forge stronger bonds with their alma mater

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Innovation Cell, and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have successfully organised the second edition of the Singapore-India Hackathon, a fast-paced 36-hour competition for students of both countries to collaborate on innovative solutions to real-life challenges in healthcare, education and clean energy.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal, and Singapore’s Education Minister Ong Ye Kung presented prizes to the winners of the Singapore-India Hackathon at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, this morning. 

The top prize of S$10,000 went to Team 10, comprising three students from India and three from Singapore, for their innovative solution to monitor air impurities through an array of sensors installed in a potted plant. Upon detecting high levels of impurities, small fans will automatically switch on to circulate clean air from the base of the plant.

Also present at the ceremony were NTU Board Trustee Mr Inderjit Singh; NTU President, Professor Subra Suresh; and Mr Senapathy "Kris" Gopalakrishnan, Chairman of Axilor Ventures and co-founder and former CEO of Indian IT giant Infosys, who is also Nanyang Visiting Professor of Practice at NTU.

Singapore's Minister for Education, Mr Ong Ye Kung, said, "The Singapore-India Hackathon is a good platform for students from both countries to build friendships, share knowledge, exchange ideas and develop smart solutions together to pressing global issues. Such experiences are also becoming part and parcel of modern tertiary education, to fulfil the potential of our youth to make an impact at solving real-life problems.”

NTU President, Professor Subra Suresh said, “NTU Singapore is pleased to work with our Indian counterparts to present the Singapore-India Hackathon for the second consecutive year. Singapore and India have many dynamic and talented young people who hold the key to future innovation. This hackathon harnesses their passion and nurtures their creativity."

Jointly organised by NTUitive Pte Ltd, the innovation and enterprise company of NTU Singapore, India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Innovation Cell, and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), this year’s hackathon was held at IIT Madras from 28 to 29 September. 

First held in Singapore in November last year, the hackathon was suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his official visit to Singapore in June 2018. 

The second Singapore-India Hackathon saw 120 students participating in mixed teams of three students from each country, to encourage closer collaboration and inspire greater creativity.

The teams were mentored by faculty and industry experts from Singapore and India, including Mr Aditya Swamy, Google’s head of agency partnerships and creative services; Mr Michel Birnbaum, NTUitive's Entrepreneur-in-Residence; and Mr Rahul Bhanose, CEO and machine learning consultant of bizAmica. 
The 20 teams competed to build innovative tech-based solutions that addressed one of three themes: "Good health and well-being", "Quality education" and "Affordable and clean energy". The participants presented a wide spectrum of new ideas on how to enhance students' attentiveness in the classroom, better management of hospital waste, ways to improve air quality, and many other proposals. 

In addition to the top prize of S$10,000, the second, third and fourth prize-winning teams won S$8,000, S$6,000, and S$4,000 each. Another six teams received consolation prizes of S$2,000. 
NTU alumni gather in India 

NTU Board Trustee Mr Inderjit Singh, NTU President, Professor Subra Suresh and the rest of the University’s delegation met some 60 NTU alumni based in India at a networking event after the Hackathon.  

At the event, the alumni received updates from Professor Suresh on the University's recent achievements, upcoming activities, and priorities for the future. The alumni also enjoyed sharing memories of their experiences at NTU and updating one another on their achievements since graduation.

Professor Suresh said, “NTU has a distinguished group of alumni who are based across India, and it is wonderful to learn about their accomplishments in their careers and lives. I was also struck by the close-knit bonds that our alumni have forged here.”

Out of more than 244,000 alumni in 160 countries, NTU has about 2,000 alumni residing in India. They are represented by three Alumni Associations based in the northern, central and southern parts of the country. 



List of Singapore-India Hackathon 2019 winners
1st Prize: Team 10

Students: Baibhav Kumar, Sweta Kabi and Subham Divakar from India, and Tan Ming Kai Mitchell, Jerald Low, and Bryan Lim Yuqiang from Singapore.

Proposal: Cost-effective sensors installed in a potted plant will detect volatile organic compounds in the air. Upon sensing high levels of impurities, small fans will automatically switch on to circulate clean air from the base of the plant.

2nd Prize: Team 3

Students: Manan Anand, Abhay Sheel Anand, and Harshita Diddee from India, and Duan Jiafei, Samson Yu Bai Jian, and Wong Jun Kaih from Singapore

Proposal: Advanced sensors installed on an autonomous rover will seek out volatile organic compounds and impurities in the air, and detect its source using artificial intelligence and image decoding algorithms.

3rd Prize: Team 7

Students: Nikhil Kalra, Shivam Grover, and Simra Shahid from India, and Sukrit Gupta, Somaradhya Mallikarjun Aradhya Abhay, and Mane Ravikiran Tanaji from Singapore

Proposal: A sustainable and safe solution to prevent accidental usage of used medical syringes, through an automated disposal system that crushes the syringe, and a colour-dye system that turns blue if the syringe had been used.

4th Prize: Team 15

Students: Shoaib Ahmed, Subham Korde and Rushikesh Rushikesh Jachak India, and Wong Zi Suen, Goh Puah Hiang, and Choo Wee Kitt from Singapore

Proposal: An artificial intelligence-based system that detects students’ emotions, facial expressions, gestures, and attendance during class. This will help educators to identify if students are disinterested or confused, which helps them to tailor the subject better.

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A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and Graduate colleges. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

Ranked 11th in the world, NTU has been placed the world’s top young university for the past six years. The University’s main campus is frequently listed among the Top 15 most beautiful university campuses in the world and it has 57 Green Mark-certified (equivalent to LEED-certified) building projects, of which 95% are certified Green Mark Platinum. Apart from its main campus, NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s healthcare district.
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