IIM Shillong organised the Shillong Water Hackathon on February 7 under the International Water Conclave, which Meghalaya is hosting.
The Shillong Water Hackathon aimed to address and resolve concerns related to water pollution, conservation and management. It fostered collaboration and dialogue among participants from diverse backgrounds, including students, technology experts, innovators, coders, influencers and startup enthusiasts.
The objective was to explore innovative ways to engage communities and leverage technology, such as sensors, data analytics and mobile applications, to monitor, manage, and enhance water-related processes.
Participants were 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.
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 interact with local residents and understand the water issues faced in the region.
The winners in the individual category were Team Spirit (KCG College of Technology, Chennai), with Team Snehalt24 (Indian School of Public Policy) and Team Dani.ce21 (Bannari Amman Institute of Technology) second and third respectively.
The winners in the institutional category were Team Jerraswamynathan (Dual Triangles Pvt Ltd), with Team Meghalaya Institute of Governance and Team Green Umtung second and third respectively.