InnovateToINSPIRE 2019 has traveled to 4 cities to evangelize the green movement. The thought behind these Hackathons is to energize the ever-growing innovation eco-system and invite ideas and startups working in the domain of data analytics and look for solutions that can potentially transform the energy efficiency sector.
The main objective of InnovateToINSPIRE Hackathon is to identify top workable business solutions around the data being captured through EESL’s programmes like ‘National E-Mobility Programme’, ‘Smart Meter National Programme’ and ‘Street Lighting National Programme’. These Hackathons are being organised to accelerate the entire ecosystem and find data analytics cases that can be adopted to enhance consumer experience and develop business models to commercialise this database.
Mr. Joyendra Roy Biswas is an undergraduate ECE final year from MSIT. He is an IoT enthusiast with a keen interest in machine learning and has an unquenchable thirst for innovation.
He was the second runner up at InnovateToINSPIRE Hackathon which was held in New Delhi on 1st & 2nd June 2019 at GoHive Coworking, Gurugram.
In an interaction with Techxty, lets see what Mr. Joyendra talks about his experience. Read On!
Can you please Introduce yourself?
I’m Joyendra, undergraduate ECE final year from MSIT. I’m an IoT enthusiast with keen interest in machine learning and an unquenchable thirst for innovation. Being an engineer, I feel that I’m empowered with technology and I should use it in the most effective way to actually try and bring about a positive change in the society.
Why do you participate in Hackathons?
Hackathons are great platform for people like me who not only like to build their product but also showcase it in front of people who actually take interest in it. Hackathons provide me with the right amount of adrenaline rush required to drive an idea into reality. With limited time yet unlimited possibilities, it lets me explore my limits and capabilities.
Offline or Online Hackathons? What is your preferred platform?
I feel offline hackathons are more closely knit to the very idea of hackathons itself because hackathons are meant for learning, networking and building. Online hackathons does provide us with learning and building exposure but as the time is long, we hardly push ourselves to bring the best in us for a period of 24 hours or so…
How often do you participate in Hackathons?
I began participating in hackathons in my second year and since then it has become a practice that I attend at least one hackathon in a month. Sometimes the number goes up to 2 or 3 but the average stays around that number only.
What has been your winning score?
I have won a hackathon at IGDTUW, Barco electronics Pvt ltd, Hack in the North and Smart India Hackathon which makes the tally 4. Other than this, I have stood 2nd at NIEC hackathon, 3rd at Innovate to Inspire and won a category prize at HackBMU.
What has been the best product that you created which got the attention of the judges?
So every product is special to us but the best till date has to be WASD Pollute check which we presented at Smart India Hackathon. It is a real time pollution monitoring system with data analytics for textile industries. It is the best because we had a tight budget, had many factors to cover, follow government guidelines and yet we emerged victorious. It was appreciated by personnels from Ministry of Textiles themselves.
What has been your worst experience in any of the Hackathon?
Don’t want to name the hackathon but this particular hackathon had poor arrangements in terms of food, hospitality, etc. We ate the same food for 3 meals – day 1 lunch and dinner and day 2 lunch, didn’t receive any caffeine to stay up and work all night. Had no beds or mattresses for us to relax, had to sleep under cubicles, very disturbing. The judges here were rude too. There wasn’t an uniform metric for judging. Although we got a podium finish, the experience wasn’t one to cherish.