The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee has collaborated with the Uttarakhand Police to organise the ‘Devbhoomi Cyber Hackathon 2022’. The second edition of this hackathon aims to generate technology-based solutions for Strict and Sensitive, Modern and Mobile, Alert and Accountable, Reliable and Responsive, Techno-savvy and Trained (SMART) policing as per the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This four-day hackathon was inaugurated today, September 4, 2022. The event at IIT Roorkee was graced by guests from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), central agencies, and state police.
To participate in the ‘Devbhoomi Cyber Hackathon 2022’, a large number of contestants from all over India reached IIT Roorkee. Out of 810 teams with 1700 students registered for the event, only 40 teams reached the grand finale at IIT Roorkee.
Amit Sinha, IPS, ADG, Uttarakhand Police, said, “The teams should focus on the solution of the problem statement. The solution can be of only two types, a new solution or an affordable solution. So, teams should present the solution so Uttarakhand Police can implement it.”
Professor Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, highlighted, “As a country, we have now recognised the importance of technology for solving real-life problems. As more hackathons are conducted, we as a society are growing wiser in conducting them. The experience of the working generation needs to be used in tandem with the younger generation as the younger generation is more aware of newer technologies and can adapt at a faster pace. The senior police officials here have put in a lot of effort for framing this Hackathon’s problem statements so that they are inspired from real situations.”
Professor Sateesh, the event convener, welcomed all the dignitaries and participants. Senthil Avoodai Krishna Raj S, DIG, STF/P and M, Uttarakhand Police, presented his thoughts on the police team’s expectations from the hackathon participants.
Professor Manoranjan Parida, Deputy Director, IIT Roorkee, shared his experiences in the IIT Roorkee innovation ecosystem. He also mentioned projects that can be interdisciplinary in nature to find solutions to common problems.
Professor Akshay Dvivedi, Dean, SRIC, IIT Roorkee, congratulated all participants selected for the final round of the hackathon. He assured the participants that the entire Uttarakhand Police, faculty of IIT Roorkee, and the team of volunteers are available to facilitate them in finding solutions to improve cyber security. The outcomes of this event will result in many steps towards fulfilling their dreams and concurring with the vision of the Prime Minister of India.
Barinderjeet Singh, DIG, Uttarakhand Police, and Ankush Mishra, DySP, STF – Uttarakhand Police were also present at the event.