Image above: Sanjoo Malhotra, India Unlimited and Xavier Saladin, LINK architecture arranges Hackathon – Smart City Smart Village.
The challenge of the Smart City Smart Village Hackathon was to come up with smart solutions adapted to Indian cities or villages for better housing quality, availability and sustainability, for smart, sustainable and safe mobility and transportation services, and for renewable, locally produced energy
India is investigating the concept of Smart Villages and Smart Cities to help create a brighter future for India’s 1.3 billion inhabitants. India is seeking help from bright minds from around the world to bring forth solutions to issues such as:
The task for the teams in the hackathon was to find solutions for how to increase the attractiveness of villages to decrease the immense pressure on megacities? How can villages become self-sustained with all the basic services such as water, electricity, roads, education, health care, housing, food and sanitation?
How can we enhance the quality of life in urban areas? Flows of amenities like water, energy and waste management are immense in cities, how can smart cities support the management of these amenities?
Smart solutions in Indian cities and villages
The third Smart City Smart Village Hackathon was held in September and inaugurated by Ambassador Monika Kapil Mohta. The Hackathon was hosted by Link Architects and organized by India Unlimited in association with the Embassy of India in Sweden, IVL, SIBC, LTI, Otivr, Emirates.
Three finalists at the India Sweden Business Day
Three finalists was selected among the teams that participated in the context. They were all invited to the India Sweden Business Day that was held November 12 in Stockholm. One of the highlights of the day was the pitches made by the three finalists.
The winning team BioLego with team members Mohamad Alkudaymi, Ranu Singh and Himanshu Chaudhary took home the winning prize of tickets with Emirates to India.
The two other finalist teams was :
Saath (Vaia Vakouli, Eva Porcuna Ferrer, Gaspar Isaac and Sandeep Urs),
Trippy (Anand Chinnapandian, Melisa Mundzic and Anu Paul Naduvath)
Ambassador Monika Kapil Mohta inaugurated the Business Day along with State Secretary Mr. Niklas Johansson. Keynote Address was given by Mr. Nalin Kohli, Eminent Advocate Supreme Court and official spokesperson BJP followed by Robin Sukhia, Secretary General & President Sweden-India Business Council and Moderated by Rupali Mehra, Communications strategist and Founder CEO, Content People.
The day brought together 250 Leaders , Start-ups, Businesses, Academia, Media from Sweden and India with leading speakers from SAAB, Volvo, Ikea, Bharat Forge, Aditya Birla Domsjö, LTI, Air India, Astra Zeneca, Fortum, McKinsey, Business Sweden, Karolinska Institute, Business Region Stockholm, IVL, Sqore, Matters Group, CNBC, Swedish Space Corporation, OMC Power, FLIC, Result, Umblicial Design, Otivr, Bioendev, Swecare, Content People, Excel Dota AB, Combient, Uppsala University Gotland Campus.
Arati Davis, Sweden India Business Council.
Staffan Filipssons, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.
Swaminathan Ramanathan, Uppsala University.
Carl-Gustaf Jansson, Royal Institute of Technology.
Alexander, LINK arkitektur.
Mahesh Kumar, CEO Epicenter.
Facilitator: Hannes Helander, Head of Startup Programs, Connect Sverige.
Partners: Embassy of India in Sweden, Sweden India Business Council, IVL, Emirates, Volvo, LTI ( Larsen and Tourbo Infotech), Matters Group.