Two students from the Government College of Engineering, Kannur in Kerala bagged a cash prize of $10000 at an online hackathon for creating a modern virtual classroom.
Abhinand C and Shilpa Rajeev, created their technological masterpiece iClassroom in the 72-hour online hackathon CODE-19 organized by the Silicon Valley-based Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation.
The online hackathon was held to find innovative solutions to address the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Many innovators and developers competed online to create open-source solutions in the event.
As per reports, the engineering students claimed that the aim of the iClassroom platform is to provide a practical solution for all learning communities to interact with each other, share resources and keep track of progress in selected courses.
The second prize of $5000 was won by six students from Manipal Institute of Technology for developing a solution for contactless health assessment of a COVID-19 patient.
Their solution, TelecVital, which captures a patient’s vital statistics remotely through a Web cam and browser can reduce the risk of exposure of healthcare workers to coronavirus.
The third prize of $3000 was claimed by three teams.
One of the teams which won the third prize developed Solo Coin, a project that gamifies social distancing by allowing people to earn ‘solo coins’ by staying at home and redeeming them for rewards from various merchant.
Another team whichbagged the third prize made Covid19 Fact Checker which is fake news checker software.
The third prize was also claimed by a team that developed Grape Community, an open platform that connects people with their neighbourhood shopkeepers and suppliers.
Meanwhile, the next ten best innovative solutions at the online hackathonwere awarded $1,000 each.