Two teams of Sona College of Technology exhibited exceptional innovation and problem solving mindset and secured the 1st and 2nd prizes at the national level in the Smart India Hackathon 2022 grand finale.
The Civil Engineering Department students’ team, POWER 007 bagged the first prize with Rs 1 lakh cash prize for their innovative solution, “Making of bricks with used Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits and masks.” This addresses the emerging waste disposal crises caused by increasing pollution of waste COVID protection products.
The team participated under the organization ‘Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs’ at the nodal centre in Arya Institute of Engineering & Technology, Kukas , Rajastan. They competed among 28 teams across India that were presented with 8 problem statements.
Dharani Raj U, Harshini E K, Kamalesh J B , Adhavan P, Aravinda Kumar, the team members designed a solution incorporating the PPE and face mask waste into making of construction bricks. Dr. R.Malathy, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Professor Karuppasamy from Civil Department were the mentors of the team.
The team of seven students from Sona College of Technology, Mechanical Engineering Department bagged the second prize in the Smart India Hackathon 2022 Grand Finale. They competed with 25 teams from across the country who participated in the finale held at Bhilai Institute of Technology, Chhattisgarh.
The team came up with an innovative idea to develop hydrogen peroxide low temperature sterilization technology based solution for hospitals.
Hygienic maintenance of hospital equipment and staffs personal protecting kits are accorded high priority in overall disease prevention and treatment. As an antimicrobial vapor, Hydrogen peroxide based low temperature sterilization is a new sterilization technology which can decontaminate enclosed and sealed areas such as laboratory, workstations, and bioprocessing environment. With this technology the shortage of personal protecting equipment’s (PPE) and the infection caused by surgical equipment can greatly be reduced. The sterilization success rate of this process is 86 to 92% this is the current highest success rate in the market. It is advantageous because of its relatively short cycle time and low cost.
Shri C.Valliappa, Chairman of Sona College of Technology, Vice Chairmen Mr. Chocko Valliappa, Mr. Thyagu Valliappa and Dr. S.R.R Senthil Kumar, Principal, Sona College of Technology appreciated the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department teams and conveyed wishes that they scale higher levels of success in their innovation journey.
SMART India Hackathon is organized by the Innovation Cell of the Ministry of Education, Government of India in association with All India Council for Technical Education. Held in Software and Hardware categories, Smart India Hackathon is a nationwide initiative to provide students with a platform to inculcate a culture of product innovation and problem-solving mindset. The 2022 edition was held from August 25 to 29 across India. Over 563 problem statements were released under software and hardware editions. As many as 348 problem statement solutions were selected for the finals at 75 nodal centres across the country. Finally 16 themes and 80 teams were announced as winners.