The teams from India and Singapore competed against one another last year at the inaugural Singapore-India Joint Hackathon. In yesterday’s edition, students from both the countries were seen working along in Chennai.
In the future, Ong Ye Kung, the Education Minister hoped that the organizers would also invite students from several other Asian universities, and also those who were trained in the hands-on skills from the polytechnics of Singapore and the technical colleges of India.
Addressing an audience of more than 900 people at the Indian Institute of technology Madras, he said that the meaning of University was not merely attending lectures and gaining knowledge. He said that through experiences like these, their students had the opportunity of actually doing something, and creating a prototype, an idea.
He said that the hackathon was also a platform for their students to engage in cross-cultural projects.
The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, who was also present and had mooted this hackathon, said that it was safe to say that they had moved from competing to collaborating. He also said that this was the strength that they needed to jointly bear the challenges that both their countries were facing.
He added that the solutions that were found in the hackathon of today will prove to be the start-up ideas for tomorrow.
The first hackathon was held last year at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The edition of this year was organized by NTU, the Innovation Cell of the Ministry of Human Resource Development of India and the All India Council for Technical Education, and it saw around 120 university students from both of the countries grouped into twenty teams for developing solutions to the challenges faced by education, health care, and also green energy in a time period of 36 hours.