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Bengaluru students showcase sustainable solutions at Green Hackathon

ANI  |  Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] 

WeRise, a social enterprise initiated by Adhya Menda, a student of in association with The Institute (TERI) introduced Green 2018, a platform for schools students of Bengaluru that addresses the civic issues of the city and provide innovative to promote sustainable living in the most scalable, impactful and cost effective way.

With the overarching theme of innovative to promote sustainable living, the event kick-started with over 500 students, from about 100 entries in Bengaluru to present innovative ideas on and at RMZ Ecoworld, Bellandur.

Criteria for evaluation pivoted around five key environmental concerns - environmental impact, idea innovation, technical maturity, scalability and value. The students designed and developed working which could benefit society at large. Some of these solutions were put together with the use of open data, design thinking and a change-making approach.

"The Green is all about inspiring young school children to think about innovative for real world community issues that bother us in our daily life. I strongly believe these young school children can contribute to building solutions to the most pressing environmental and civic problems of our times. Through this platform we want to create an opportunity for every young visionary to showcase their innovation that can make a difference in the city we live in," Adhya Menda, and CEO, WeRise.

"The Green is a project based learning strategy that enables students to grapple with present day environmental issues of Bengaluru and provides solutions to these. While doing so, it also helps students enhances their knowledge and accentuate their skill sets. The participation of schools and their effort and commitment has been commendable," Saltanat Kazi, Fellow, TERI.

The event was a of pockets of excellence the city's children have in store. Some of the winning solutions under the senior category include:

-First Prize was bagged by for their Hack named 'CAP' - Collision Avoiding Program, A hack that picks up any obstruction on the railway track and send the range and size of animals to the nearest railway station so as to avoid wildlife being killed by trains, the same can be replicated to other modes of transport. The team received a cheque worth Rs 40,000.

-Runners up - Mahila Seva Samaj - Hack name 3S - One solution is an app that has been developed to alert water leakages for household level. The team received a cheque worth Rs 25,000.

-Consolation - Army Public School PRTC - Hack Name Hydro-matic is a hack that integrates and automates actions that is required for maintaining a hydroponic garden. The team received a cheque worth Rs 15000.

In the Junior category, the winners include:

-who presented efficient innovation with their hack Named "SWIPE -O- USE", where RFID card is used to register the user and account the water consumption so as to bring about behavioural change. The team received a cheque worth Rs 40,000.

-National Public School, Banashankari school devised a hack titled 'transforming the way we commute', that automated the bus seat arrangements during peak hours to ensure that more commuters could travel at ease. The team received a cheque worth Rs 25,000.

-Sarvodaya designed a hack named 'Sensible' to avoid entry of wildlife in human settlement area by having an automated collapsible fencing. The team received a cheque worth Rs 15000.

The event also witnessed two (Ink Talk session for schools) conducted by Sumesh Mangalassery, Panellist, Climate Change, of and Akanksha Priyadarshini, and Chief Product Officer on sustainable topics that included Resilience and Sustainable communities, in Food Revolution respectively.

The event was mentored and judged by industry experts, Jyothi Mehra, Curator, Visweshwarraiah Industrial and Bangalore, Janak Mistry, Design Principal Shristi School of Arts, Design and Technology, Sunil Kumar, Senior Science and Innovation advisor, British Deputy High Commission, India, Shweta Srivastava, Associate Dean, School of Environment, at Srishti, George Varghese, and for WASH, Bangalore, Dr. of for Human Settlement, Dr. and of TERI, Jiji Thomas from RMZ Corp.

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First Published: Sat, December 22 2018. 12:08 IST