IIM Shillong organises hackathon for resolving water pollution, conservation, and management

Team Spirit from KCG College of Technology Chennai won the Shillong Water Hackathon in the individual category.

The Shillong Water Hackathon aimed at fostering meaningful dialogue among participants. (Image: Press Release)The Shillong Water Hackathon aimed at fostering meaningful dialogue among participants. (Image: Press Release)

Divyansh | February 9, 2024 | 04:48 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Management (IIM Shillong) organised the Shillong Water Hackathon on February 7. The event was conducted under the Meghalaya government’s International Water Conclave, which will be held on February 9 and 10 in Shillong. The hackathon aims at addressing and resolving concerns related to water pollution, conservation, and management.

The winners in the individual category of the Shillong Water Hackathon were Team Spirit from KCG College of Technology, Chennai. They were followed by Snehalt24 from Indian School of Public Policy and Dani.ce21 from Bannari Amman Institute of Technology were first and second runners-up, respectively.

The winners in the Institutional category of the Shillong Water Hackathon were Jerraswamynathan from Dual Triangles Private Limited. It was followed by the team from Meghalaya Institute.

The hackathon aimed at fostering collaboration and meaningful dialogue among participants from diverse backgrounds, including students, technology experts, innovators, coders, influencers, and startup enthusiasts. The participants explored innovative ways to engage communities and leverage technology, such as sensors, data analytics, and mobile applications, to monitor, manage, and enhance water-related processes.

The hackathon focused on leveraging data to gain valuable insights into water quality, usage patterns, and other relevant parameters to enable informed decision-making. Participants were also encouraged to develop prototypes or proof-of-concept solutions with high social impact, which could be further improved or implemented to address specific water challenges.

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Under the theme of ‘Sustainable Water Management for Meghalaya’, the hackathon emphasised indigenous solutions, community-driven approaches, and futuristic thinking to ensure equitable and engaging solutions.

The participants engaged in field visits to the Shillong locality to interact with local residents and understand the water issues faced in the region. Central Ground Water Board experts delivered presentations on water concerns and initiatives, followed by a group discussion and idea pitching session by the participants.

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