ITC Infotech; a fully owned subsidiary of ITC Ltd summed up its first annual technology conference ‘iTech 2015’. The conference took place on July 4th and 5th, 2015 focusing on a 2-day Internet of Things (IoT) hackathon at ITC Infotech’s Bengaluru campus. Microsoft Azure was the official cloud partner for the event.
The hackathon was organised for the brightest of minds comprising of IoT start-ups, Professionals & Developers and Students. A total of 36 teams participated, which were examined from over 700 entries received. The teams presented their solutions to business users and validated their ideas through live simulations of real business scenarios. The solutions were judged on whether they can be an alternative to the market providing cutting edge solutions and further the solution was demonstrated successfully.
A panel discussion on ‘Creating future ready businesses with IoT’ got gleams of Ravi Gururaj – Chairman & Co-Founder of Frictionless Ventures; Dr. Srikanth Sundararajan – Venture Partner, Helion Venture Partners; Derick Jose – Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, Flutura Decision Sciences & Analytics and V V Rajasekhar – Senior Vice President, ITC Infotech and Chief Information Officer, ITC Limited.
The hackathon accorded participants with a chance to develop ideas into prototypes across wide range of business challenges in the categories of smart retail, smart manufacturing, smart supply chain, smart agriculture.
The winners, Team Aditya Bhola, Manoharan Ramasamy, Ravi Sharma and Hansraj were awarded Rs. 2, 00,000 for their project in the Smart Agriculture category for their innovative solution on smart irrigation.
Two teams made it to the runners-up; Team Senthilkumar M, Balaji Babu TR and Anuj Duggal who built an IoT based farming land monitoring solution and Team Nitika Rajput and Tanmay Baranwal built a smart security monitoring system for agricultural use. Both teams were also part of the smart agriculture category and were awarded Rs. 1, 00,000 each for their individual projects.
Stating on the hackathon, Ms. Sushma Rajagopalan, CEO & MD, ITC Infotech, said, We are encouraged by the success of iTech 2015. It set a benchmark for innovation of emerging and disruptive technologies. We have witnessed great potential and some very creative IoT solutions developed by contestants from all categories, which was the aim of the hackathon. We definitely look forward to partner with the top contestants who have potential to develop their solution, create a joint-go-to market and provide market access and further drive our initiative to encourage and nurture entrepreneurs and start-ups.
The programme is part of the company’s larger initiative to encourage and nurture tech entrepreneurs and start-ups.