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SOA STUDENTS WIN LAUREL FOR DEVELOPING ‘SMART BOARD’ AT COUNTRYWIDE HACKATHON

A team of six students from the SOA Deemed to be University, who developed a ‘Smart Board’ using artificial intelligence, have finished as the second runner-up in the recently concluded Smart India Hackathon (SIH), 2019 held at the IIT, Kharagpur Nodal Centre.

“The innovation involved artificial intelligence so that when a teacher wrote on the Smart Board, the same would also simultaneously get displayed on the device of the student,” Ankit Jha, one of the team members said.

“It would mean that even if a student is not in the class for some reason, he will get to know and can store what was being taught in the class room,” he explained adding it can be done in any language.

The team comprised third year Computer Science students of the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), faculty of engineering and technology of SOA, who took part in the government sponsored event, with 32 squads competing.

Besides Ankit, the other members of the team included Sandeep Ranjan, Alok Pattanaik, Shikhar Sinha, Subham Baliarsingh and Anupriya Soumitra. Mr. Nitesh Jha, faculty of ITER, was the mentor of the group.

Around 14,000 students of technology participated in the competition, dubbed as the world’s biggest hackathon and held across the country at 48 selected Nodal Centres. SOA was also chosen as a Nodal Centre where 36 teams from different cities of the country competed.

The countrywide 36-hour third edition of the SIH commenced on Saturday morning and concluded on Sunday night. It was initiated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Inter Institutional Inclusive Innovation Center (i4c) and Persistent Systems. Different ministries and departments of the Government of India supported the event.

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