The two-day Rural-Agritech Hackathon held in Kasaragod introduced startups that came up with solutions for the development of rural areas. The event revolved around the theme ‘how to use technology for the development of rural India.’ Team CODERS from Christ College of Engineering, Thrissur, became the winners of the Hackathon. The team developed a platform that can effectively provide information at tourist centres to visitors. The winners received a cash prize of Rs 50,000. The team also became eligible to apply for Kerala Startup Mission’s grant of Rs 12 lakhs.
More than 15 teams participated in the Rural-Agritech Hackathon. The teams Raans (Christ College of Engineering, Irinjalakuda), Artaverse (Yenepoya Pharmacy College & Research Centre, Mangalore), Ufarms (Teqard Labs Pvt. Ltd, Ernakulam), and Maxq1017 (Jyothi Engineering College, Thrissur), entered the final-five list.
The Hackathon checked solutions in six different areas – to find robotic possibilities in grafting, to detect fat quantity in solid foods within a short time, to measure the balanced temperature in chocolate mix, to develop a tool to detect the ripeness of coconut from the ground, to find out automated technology for drip irrigation according to the weather, and a digital platform comprising details of food, accommodation, agriculture and other exciting elements of local tourism centres.
The participants could interact with the scientists from CPCRI. The platform also offered expert advice in areas such as AI and Robotics. The main organisers were Tinker Hub and the Central University of Kerala.
The Hackathon was organised as part of the second edition of Rural India Business Conclave jointly organised by Kerala Startup Mission and Central Plantation Crop Research Institute.