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ISRO Organises Smart India Hackathon-2017 Grand Finale

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Department of Space (DOS), organised Smart India Hackathon-2017 (SIH-2017) Grand Finale, at Gujarat University Convention Hall, Ahmedabad, Gujarat during April 01-02, 2017 for Ahmedabad Nodal Centre. This Grand Finale was a 36 hours non-stop digital programming competition held simultaneously at 29 different Nodal Centers (26 Locations) across India.

ISRO/DOS has chosen “Information and Cyber Security” as a theme for this Smart India Hackathon-2017. There has been a significant rise in the use of cyber technologies in various space mission support functions within ISRO/DOS, which has posed new challenges to ISRO’s IT and space assets security apart from the usual dealing with highly confidential and sensitive data related to space missions. Thus, deterrent measures against cyber attacks as well as enforcing data security measures to create proactive security monitoring capability are vital for ISRO. With this objective, Information and Cyber Security as a focus for this SIH-2017 was selected to get novel ideas from India’s Young and Ignited minds to resolve specific issues in their own innovative ways. 

53 Problems were posted by ISRO/DOS covering the categories like Network and Email Security, Data Confidentiality and Leakage Prevention, End point / Perimeter Security against Cyber-Attacks, Access Control and Other Applications etc., Out of the 263 idea submissions received, 50 ideas had been short-listed. Towards training the various student participants, online training session was also organised by ISRO on March 08, 2017. During the ‘Grand Finale’ at Ahmedabad, on April 01-02, 2017, 49 teams consisting of 392 youngsters (6 students & 2 mentors per team) participated and worked non-stop for 36 hours to build innovative digital solutions for 21 out of 53 the problems posed by ISRO/DOS.

Honb’le Prime Minister, Shri Narendrabhai Modi, addressed all the participants across India on the night of April 01, 2017 (22:00-23:00 Hrs), and also interacted via Live Video Conference with student participants of Ahmedabad Nodal Centre along with those of Allahabad, Coimbatore, Kolkota and Pune centres. Chairman ISRO / Secretary DOS, and Chairman, AICTE, were present on the evening of April 01, 2017 to attend this event as well as to encourage and motivate the student participants at night.

Honb’le Education Minister of Gujarat, Director SAC, Vice Chancellors of Gujarat Technological University (GTU) and Gujarat University were the chief guests at the inaugural function of SIH-2017 held on April 01, 2017. The Valedictory function and the prize distribution were held on April 02, 2017. Student participants had lively and vibrant interactions with Chairman ISRO and asked many questions related to ISRO’s current and future space programmes.

Out of 5 prizes sponsored, Winner Prize  (Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Kanchipura, Chennai, Tamil Nadu ), First Runner-Up (Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, Tamil Nadu.) and Second Runner-Up (Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, Karnataka.) received ISRO Trophies. All the participating teams got certificates and Mementos.

ISRO/DOS had been the ‘Premier Partner’ in this initiative of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development.


SIH-2017 Event Participation at a Glance:

Nodal Center

Problems Statements Proposed

Ideas Received

No. of Participant teams (Short listed) in Grand Finale

No. of Students Competing

Ahmedabad, Gujarat



49 (50) teams working on 21 Problems


29 Centres at 26 Locations







36-hours Hackathon underway at Gujarat University Convention Hall, Ahmedabad

36-hours Hackathon underway at Gujarat University Convention Hall, Ahmedabad


Valedictory Function and Prize Distribution on  April 02, 2017

Valedictory Function and Prize Distribution on  April 02, 2017