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Amrita University team comes first at HackHarvard Hackathon

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Mohib Jafri (Director - HackHarvard), Shriram K V (Professor of Computer Science Engineering) Anudeep J(B.Tech. Electronics & Communications Engineering) Kowshik G.(B.Tech. Electronics & Instrumentation), A Representative from Facebook

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  • A team from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham won first prize in the Elderly category (Medicine Support) at the HackHarvard Global Hackathon. The team developed an innovative elderly tracking system that works indoors, outdoors, and in restrooms, aimed at providing better care for seniors.
  • The system includes a wearable device that alerts caregivers in case of accidents like trips or falls, enhancing the independence of the elderly. The team’s solution received recognition from a prestigious jury comprising Harvard Engineering professors and professionals from tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook.
  • This accomplishment earned the Amrita team a trophy and a cash award of $2,000, and they were the only team from India invited to present their product at Harvard University as part of the competition, which focuses on using technology to address local community challenges.
18 October 2019
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HackHarvard is an annual hackathon event organized by Harvard University. This year, a team from Amrita University’s won first prize in the Elderly category (Medicine Support).

A fully-functional and extensive elderly tracking system for use in indoor, outdoor and restrooms was created by the team from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Team members included J. Anudeep, Kowshik G, and Dr. Shriram KV

Dr. Shriram KV is teaching Computer Science at Amrita School of Engineering Coimbatore, J Anudeep is doing his final year BTech in Electronics and Instrumentation and Kowshik G is doing final year BTech in Electronics and Communication.

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The winners of HackHarvard Global Hackathon (Left to Right): Dr. Shriram KV, Kowshik G and J Anudeep

Says Dr. Shriram, “the innovative wearable device provides a lot of independence to the elderly and raises an alert if they trip or fall anywhere so that caregivers can act immediately. The jury comprised Harvard Engineering professors, Harvard startup co-founders, software engineers from companies like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook were impressed with our product.”

There were 600 teams from all over the world including USA, Canada, China, Vietnam and India who participated in the contest. Added Shriram,

We were the only team from India who was invited to Harvard in October 2019 to present our product.” The prize included a trophy and cash award of $2,000.

HackHavard Global Hackathon challenges students to use technology to identify problems within their local communities and develop potential solutions to these problems.


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