Trivandrum: The efforts of the newly launched Startup Village in Kerala to promote innovations among students have already started showing positive results. The engineering students from Kerala bagging top honours at a recent `hackathon’ held in Bangalore, by developing novel applications which may prove highly useful for the masses, is proof enough for this.
By developing an innovative mobile application that will help students to know exactly how many classes they bunked and how many they should attend to be eligible for taking the exams, Anirudhan Adukkathayar from the College of Engineering, Chengannur, won the first prize at the hackathon, a 36-hour-long competition for budding programmers.
He bagged the cash prize worth Rs.35,000 for his novel product from among nearly 200 applications, developed by 120 hackers drawn from across the country. The event was held by Innoz Technologies for its mobile platform, on July 14 and 15. With a strict minimum requirement attendance rule in most colleges, this app titled “Bunklog’’ can work wonders for the students, according to the judges of the event.
A 23-member student development team from Kerala represented Startup Village in Kochi, the first telecom incubator in the country established to incubate startup ventures and also promote innovation among the students, especially in Kerala through different programmes.
The second prize, carrying a cash prize of Rs.15,000, was alsobagged by another Kerala team member John Sebastian Perayil from the Government Model Engineering College, Kochi,for his innovative application that dealt with text message encryption. The application named Cipher allows users to encrypt their messages for complete privacy and it can be very useful when confidential information needs to be exchanged via SMS.
The most popular app prize went to Jayadeep S of MG University College of Engineering, Thodupuzha and Nitin of RIT, Kottayam for their application that helped people get a database of blood donors from their respective areas along with their contact numbers.
“I have always believed in the potential of the young students in Kerala. Exposure was the only key ingredient missing in our students, which kept them from realizing their true potential. We sent the team to the event to give them the right exposure. The amazing feat by the Startup Village mavericks at the Hackathonis testimony to the innovative skills of our students. They left almost everyone dazzled,” said the CEO of Startup Village, SijoKuruvilla George.
The hackers were drawn from different cities, in a first of akind experiment to show how innovators can use the SMS platform to develop applications for the masses. There were also sessions led by technology experts to guide the budding programmers on different aspects.