India has a dearth of electronics R&D companies and we have to import most of our electronics goods. Emerging start-ups often lack the support, be it technical, marketing or monetary to be able to successfully launch their product in a rapidly expanding economy.
Hack4India was a hardware hackathon held by CEDT at NSIT, Delhi. It consisted of 48 hours of non-stop hardware hacking that began on 30th January and ended on 1st February, 2015.
It was a chance for many electronics enthusiasts to prototype their ideas, meet like-minded people, showcase their talent to the investor community and win an enormous cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh. For 3 whole days, all hardware geeks and creative geniuses were kept under one roof, tinkering with gadgets to innovate and find solutions to problems specific to India.
The winner after the 3-day event was team “Smart meter” comprising of Nikhilesh, Mrityunjai and Rohan. They receive a whopping Rs. 1 Lakh cash prize along with other huge benefits!
Here’s what Mrityunjai had to say about his experience –
“Team work, along with a past experience of electronics work at CEDT and other projects helped us a lot. If we consider India, where most of the hackathons are software based; this event helped us understand that it’s not like there is no demand of hardware lovers, but big companies are looking for innovators too.
As far as I know, this was the only hardware hackathon of this magnitude to be held in India. In the coming future, this event is likely to be held every 6 months and we are in the process of making a hardware group, a sort of club that encompasses North India.”