Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday felicitated the six winning teams, including three from India, of Their Initial India-Singapore Hackathon, a Stage for the youth of the two Nations to harness and showcase their Creations.
The top six teams, three each from India and Singapore, engaged in a 36-hour long Hackathon Grande Finale here.
“Happy to have met innovators who won prizes at the first ever Singapore-India Hackathon. They talked about their extensive work. I had been impressed with their enthusiasm and commitment towards solving problems our world faces,” Modi said.
Prime Minister Modi introduced the awards to the winning teams in an awards ceremony which was also attended by Education Minister of Singapore Ong Ye Kung.
The teams were selected after a last pitching session. First prize of SGD 10000 (approximately Rs. 5.24 lakhs), second prize of SGD 6000 (roughly Rs. 3.15 lakhs) and third trophy of SGD 4000 (around Rs. 2.10 lakhs) was announced for each of the three winners out of India and Singapore.
The winning teams from India have been IIT Kharagpur, NIT, Trichy and MIT College of Engineering, Pune, the Indian High Commission in Singapore said.
The winning teams in Singapore comprised Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), it said in a statement.
“Platforms like the Singapore-India Hackathon serve as excellent opportunities for our kids to showcase their job. They also function as forums to find out about pioneering innovations by youngsters from different institutes and nations. A win-win for our pupils!” Modi stated at a tweet.
During his official trip to Singapore in June, Modi suggested to his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong that India and Singapore should organise a joint Hackathon to harness and showcase the creation potential of the youth.
The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) ran the hackathon that comprised solving eight problem statements.
Twenty teams, each from the countries comprising university and college students selected on nationwide basis, engaged in the event to harness and exhibit the creation potential of their youth. Every one of those teams had three students and one mentor.
From India, an 83-member delegation comprising 60 pupils, 20 mentors and three officers of the AICTE seen Singapore for the function which Modi said is a”increase to technology, innovation and youth power”.
The eight’Problems Statements’ introduced to the participants were in the areas of mapping, synchronised output of diverse social websites, shared electronic identity verification, effective number quote, space management and allotment, powerful learning and private security.
Prime Minister Modi also met the National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets Thursday that were in Singapore as part of a cadet exchange programme.
“Spent time with NCC cadets, who got the opportunity to come to Singapore as a part of a cadet exchange programme. They shared their memorable learnings and experiences with me,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi is in Singapore for the two-day Trip to the Nation. He started his visit on Wednesday by delivering his keynote address at the prestigious Fintech Festival.
In addition, he held separate bilateral meetings with the premiers of Singapore, Australia, and Thailand and discussed ways to further strengthen ties, such as in regions of trade, defence and security.