The Reboot Kerala Hackathon series was launched by the Department of Higher Education, Government of Kerala and organised by ASAP. The goal of this initiative was to inculcate a culture of creative thinking among students while extending them an opportunity to be a part of mainstream governance.
The process was initiated in 2019 with the launching of the website for Reboot Kerala Hackathon 2020 by Hon’ble Principal Secretary for Higher Education, Dr. Usha Titus IAS. Hon’ble Minister for Higher Education Dr K.T. Jaleel inaugurated Reboot Kerala Hackathon 2020 (RKH 2020) on 13th February 2020 at Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Technology for Women (LBSITW), Thiruvananthapuram.
The contest was a 36 hours non-stop Hardware and software competition, across different departmental themes, in which the competitors participated as a team of not less than 6 students. Each team was given a problem statement based on the theme assigned. The themes were selected from among the various government departments like Healthcare, Social justice and Education. The event was planned as a set of 10 regional hackathons that would culminate into a Finale. However, due to the pandemic lockdown restrictions, the last two regional hackathons as well as the Grand Finale and winner announcements were conducted online. People’s representatives, government officials, bureaucrats, industry experts and academicians visited the hackathon venues and interacted with students. Placement opportunities were also presented by industries to select students.
A total of 1608 students as 268 teams contested in the event, both offline and online. The teams were shortlisted through a selection process from entries totalling over 17,712 students from 230 institutions. The winners of regional hackathons were awarded Rs.50,000, 30,000 and 20,000 for first, second and third places respectively. For the Grand finale, the prize money was Rs. 3 Lakhs, 2 Lakhs and 1 Lakh for the top 3 positions. View More