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Hackathon on innovations in agriculture and sustainability

By The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, July 29 - IKP, Hyderabad in association with Guwahati Biotech Park (GBP) recently organised a hackathon themed �Agriculture and Sustainability� to work on translational ideas for creating feasible startup plans and providing mentorship to refine the ideas on the basis of prototype design, clinical need, business plans, IP and regulatory compliance, said a press release here today.

Altogether 25 proposals were received under the open call for Idea Exposition for NE states of India and after the first round of selection 11 teams were shortlisted for the final round.

The programme was coordinated by Dr Bula Choudhury, senior scientist, GBP for NE cluster and Dr Kriti Taneja, chief manager, IKP.

Samrat Deka, director SRD group, Mangaldoi, delivered a speech on the inspirational journey of their company since its inception. At present it is providing employment to over 3,000 local people.

The hackathon was a pre-incubation activity to experience and learn the process of need identification and develop business cases. Three winners, Joyeeta Hazarika and Sapunii of IITG and Dr D Borah of Royal Global University have been selected for the Innovator Idea Exposure stipend of Rs 50,000 each to provide access to mentors or peers and bridge the gap with larger cities in terms of exposure to be utilised over a period of six months to travel and work in an established cluster.

During the programme technical/business mentoring was provided by Dr LK Pandey, chairman, Indian Industries Association, Delhi State Chapter and Dr Atul Sardana, chairman Alfa Corpuscles Pvt Ltd, and IP mentoring was provided by Manish Kumar, IKP.

The programme was conducted under the constant guidance and mentorship of Deepanwita Chattopadhyay, chairman & CEO, IKP and Hemen Das, CEO, GBP.

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