Pune: Symbiosis Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation team comprising Kushal Chinchanikar, Gaurav Thakur, Prabuddha Tamhane and Pavitra Kochar were among the winners of the ‘Sweden-India Mobility Hackathon’ organised by the Swedish Institute and supported by the Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai and the Swedish Embassy in New Delhi.
The winning teams will get an opportunity to collaborate with major Swedish and Indian companies and institutes to further develop their ideas and implement solutions for safe and sustainable transportation.
The winning teams were felicitated at the live-streamed award ceremony. Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways and the Minister of MSME said, “The mobility hackathon is an innovative initiative which reflects how Sweden and India can continue to work together and collaborate not just at a government level but with a broad range of stakeholders."
Kushal Chinchanikar from the winning Team ‘The Right Truck’ and a student of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Navi Mumbai, shared his experience about the hack, “I had a great time in the Sweden-India Mobility Hackathon. The event was very well organized and we received timely support from the event organizers and mentors at all stages. We would like to further develop our idea and contribute to society in some way.”
SCEI team's idea: Creating a web application that allocates the truck best suited for a particular journey of transporting goods, from among the available trucks.
Description: A web application can be created which allows the user (a logistics company employee) to enter the source and destination of the journey of the transport consignment. The user will also enter the list of trucks possessed by the company and their age. The web app will find out the distance between the two locations, gradient, average velocity, altitude. It will also calculate real-time traffic factors. Then it will compare the situation with the Cluster A set. If the factors match then the most fuel-efficient truck i.e the newest truck available in the fleet will be assigned for that particular consignment.
Felicitating the winners and partners, Anna Lekvall, Consul General of Sweden in Mumbai (representing Swedish Government in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa) said, “Delighted that the Hackathon proved to be a great platform for connecting like-minded people from both countries to identify and tackle global transport issues. Really inspired by the enthusiasm and commitment towards co-creating safe, sustainable mobility solutions. Looking forward to sustained engagement and game-changing innovations."
The Swedish Institute was in the lead on the hackathon, with support from 55 Swedish and Indian partners including startups, incubators, colleges, research institutes, road safety organizations and companies in sectors of sustainability, automotives and transport. Some of the Indian company partners included L&T Infotech, Tata Motors, GMR Group, Indian Road Safety Campaign, Global Shapers Community and Cognify Labs.