Mouser Electronics has shared that Ankur Verma of the Sagar Institute of Technology and Management is the overall winner of the Hack for Health Hackathon. Verma, who also won the best teardown hack, will receive components worth Rs.10,000 through the Mouser Component Bank.
“Mouser is excited to support the E3 Program, with the aim of kindling innovation in young minds and promoting open-source development, which has become a foundational pillar of progress across emerging technologies,” said Daphne Tien, Mouser Vice President, APAC Marketing & Business Development. “As the industry’s NPI leader empowering breakthrough innovation, Mouser champions creativity through its offering of latest tools, services and resources to aid design, and expedite prototyping and validation. Congratulations to Ankur and all of the participants.”
The Hack for Health Hackathon was held under the aegis of the E3 Program, launched by Mouser in partnership with the DERBI Foundation to promote collaboration in open-source development. The program intends to offer fellowships and internships to deserving candidates. Awards were offered under five categories, including a design challenge. Mouser and DERBI conducted the hackathon to identify talent that has the potential to build successful open-source products. It featured a teardown challenge, in which competitors had to take apart an old CD drive, record the process and showcase the salvaged components. One week was provided to eight shortlisted applicants, after which they presented their teardown videos to the jury.
The E3 Program (Electronic – Erudite – Experiential) aims to create a paradigm shift in the way startups and enterprises operate in today’s digital world and advance open-source innovation within the expanded context of developing technology and products indigenously to build an Atmanirbhar Bharat. The next phase of the E3 program will feature a six-month open-source product development project, “CREATO”, which will provide an experiential learning platform utilizing the Mouser Innovation Lab and Mouser Component Bank. The first product planned on the platform is an open-source VIS-NIR spectrometer. The third phase of the program will target commercialization by inviting startups and enterprises to innovate on and adopt technologies for commercial applications.