The grand finale of the Smart India Hackathon 2018 was inaugurated at Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management (RCOEM) and Yashwantrao Chavan College of Engineering (YCCE) by Union Minister for transport Nitin Gadkari and mayor Nanda Jichkar on March 30,2018.
At RCOEM, Gadkari asked the students to go an extra mile and think out the box to use engineering knowledge and come up with such innovations which would be fruitful to the society. He encouraged them to use their technical expertise and try out unique ideas to make the money roll and contribute in national economic growth.
The two-day Hackathon is seeing a participation of nearly 10,000 students representing 1,296 teams spread over 28 nodal centres of India who would be working over the problem statements for 36 hours at a stretch.
All India Council for Technical Education has organized this event along with Ministry of Human Resource Development.
In 2017 nearly 600 problems were solved and this year the number is 408. The students were absorbed as they examined their issues from various angles to bring out the best solutions.