Hackfest invites top tech schools in India to provide targeted solutions to fight Malaria; Awards up to INR 5 lakhs up for grabs
Chennai: TiE Delhi-NCR announced its partnership with Prayatna to host an IT-enabled innovation-based Hackfest, the ‘Malaria Hackfest – Predict, Plan & Prevent’, powered by Mortein. With this initiative, TiE Delhi-NCR in partnership with Prayatna is seeking solutions that address gaps in surveillance, location spotting and forecasting malaria outbreaks.
The programme would be inviting all the top tech schools in the country viz., IITs, NITs, IIITs to the hackfest with an aim to scout for start-ups for addressing these gaps. The winner would carry home awards of up to INR 5 lakhs.
Speaking about the initiative, Ravi Bhatnagar, Director, External Affairs and Partnerships, SOA, Reckitt, “Utilising technology-enabled innovations is crucial to effectively address the issue of malaria outbreak in India, given the constantly changing nature of malaria trends in the modern day such as antibiotic resistance, climate change, vector characteristics, among others. With the help of the nation’s skilled youth from top technical schools, this programme seeks to develop scalable solutions to bridge the gaps of curtailing malaria and improve overall health of the nation.”
“The primary goal is to harness the power of technology & collective intelligence to develop innovative solutions that contribute to the global fight against Malaria. The event would focus on fostering creativity, collaboration & out of the box thinking to address the key challenges in malaria prevention, diagnosis & treatment.” said Pratik Kumar, President, Prayatna