Kerala students win nationwide online hackathon for ‘virtual classroom’

The ‘virtual classroom’ aims to continue learning in COVID-19 times

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Kerala students win nationwide online hackathon for ‘virtual classroom’

Created by students of the Government College of Engineering in Kannur, Kerala, a ‘virtual classroom’ to make online learning easier has won first place in a 72-hour online hackathon.

The hackathon, CODE19, was organised by California-based Motwani Jadeja Foundation this month to find solutions to India’s challenges against the pandemic.

The winning virtual classroom, iClassroom, was created by 19-year-old Abhinand C and 20-year-old Shilpa Rajeev. They were awarded $10,000 as the winners.
“With iClassroom, students and teachers can interact with each other, clear their doubts, mentor others and conduct online classes,” said Abhinand.
Shilpa added: “We built this platform as a practical solution for learning communities to interact with each other, share resources and keep track of progress in selected courses. We now intend to enhance iClassroom’s functionality by integrating several useful apps”.
CODE19 was held in collaboration with Bengaluru-based HackerEarth The Association of Designers in India (ADI) to provide mentors through its network.
“I believe that the qualitative, open-source projects created at this hackathon would help mitigate the impending Corona-inflicted challenges in India,” said founder-philanthropist Asha Jadeja Motwani.
The second price worth $5,000 went to TeleVital, a solution for contactless health assessment of a patient created by a six-student team from Manipal Institute of Technology. It records body vitals like a patient’s heart rate, respiratory rate, and body temperature without any contact-based measurement tool.
Three teams won $3,000 each at third place and the ten best innovative solutions were awarded $1,000 each at the hackathon.


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