India Australia Circular Economy Hackathon (I-ACE) is jointly being organized by Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, Government of India and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia to enable the students and startups/MSMEs of both the nations in fostering innovative solutions for the development of a circular economy across the food system value chain with the aim of increasing the long-term health and resilience of our planet, through innovative technology solutions. I-ACE aims to accelerate the development of young and promising students and startups/MSMEs working towards the creation of a sustainable future.
Each team can consist of minimum 2 members to maximum 5 members compulsorily from the same entity/institute as mentioned in the application form. The following entities are eligible to apply for India Australia Circular Economy Hackathon (I-ACE):
Please note: All the team members need to be from the same university/institute/startup/MSME as of team leader.
The India Australia Circular Economy Hackathon (I-ACE) finals run across 3 days from 9th February 2021 to 11th February 2021 in a virtual mode. The Hackathon event comprised of 3 key elements –
The 5 masterclass sessions were conducted by an illustrious panel comprising subject matter experts on Circular Economy from both India and Australia. Each session was a joint session taken by an Indian and an Australia speaker and attended by both Indian and Australian audience. Each session focused on key theme areas and were beneficial in terms of gaining insights into various facets of the circular economy.
Mentoring sessions organized for all finalists presided over by subject matter / business experts assisting the finalists in crystalizing their presentation / pitch and resolving queries on technical and business areas. 13 mentors assigned to 39 Indian teams and like-wise for Australia.
The finalists presented their solutions / proposals on all 3 days of the Hackathon Evaluations to the panel of judges from India (on first two days) and both India and Australia (on last day) addressing the below points
After 3 days of intense competition, 4 student team and 4 start-up team from each of the 4 themes were selected as winners from India and likewise from Australia.
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