Miracles from Waste to Wealth with Economic visibility as future as “Conversion of Knowledge to wealth and conversion from waste to wealth is the future of India. Economic viability should be the basis for innovation. Application of Technology, Research, Knowledge, and Entrepreneurship is paramount for sustainable innovations. It is the need of the hour and we all must strive incessantly to achieve it”, asserted Shri Nitin Gadkari at the inauguration of Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon ’18, a pan Indian 36 hour nonstop digital programming competition, kickstarted at Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering & Management, Nagpur to conduct this mega technical extravaganza.


The event at RCoEM, Nagpur was formally inaugurated by Shri Nitinji Gadkari, Hon’ble Union Minister, Ministry of Road, Transport & Highways, and Government of India. He was welcomed by the Shri Chandrakantbhai Thakar, Vice Chairman, Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering & Management. Shri Nitin Gadkari, spoke extensively on the theme ‘wealth from waste’ like biofuel, lithium battery, ethanol, amino acids etc. He stressed on the use of agro waste like rice, wheat and cotton straw, bamboo and other fibers for textiles and fuel energy. He emphasized that knowledge is the locus for futuristic development. He stressed on the fact that research and innovation is the need of the hour and students have a huge responsibility of coming up with sustainable and economically feasible solutions for the betterment of the countrymen. He elaborated on the various ambitious projects that the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways is undertaking for cost-cutting benefits.  He mentioned the concept of 8 sitter sea plane which requires mini runway space for landing and take-off, setting up of lake port for making easy and time saving transportation and this would lead to increase in tourism of the state. Shri Nitin Gadkari gave a clarion call to all the students and technocrats to contribute in nation building by encouraging swadeshi technology. He wished the students a technologically sound future. He also interacted with the members of the participating teams to know about their domain of problem statements and how they planned to come up with solutions. He appealed to the budding technocrats to come up with creative thinking, identifying the problems in their vicinity and environment and provide innovative, economical and sustainable solution for it.


  • A Non-stop 36 Hours digital programming competition
  • World’s biggest Hackathon
  • 340 software problem statements, 68 hardware problem statements from 27 Ministries & Departments, 17 State Governments involved.
  • 1282 teams selected for the Grand Finale across India
  • 42 teams at RCOEM Campus
  • Judges Panel from RT&H Ministry, AICTE & Persistent Systems
  • PM Narendra Modi to interact with participants on 30th March, 2018

Prominently present at the occasion were Mr. Priyank Bharti IAS, Director Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India; Mr. Sameer Bendre, Chief People Officer, Persistent Systems;  Shri Chandrakantbhai Thakar, Vice Chairman, RCoEM, Shri Satyanarayan Nuwal, Vice Chairman, RCoEM, Shri Govindlal Agarwal, General Secretary, RCoEM;  Shri Rajendra Purohit, Secretary, RCoEM; Dr. R. S. Pande, Principal, RCoEM & Nodal Officer, Smart India Hackathon’18, Nagpur; Dr. M. B. Chandak, Assistant Nodal Officer and delegates from NIC, Persistent Systems, various faculties and Heads of the Department, RCoEM. The programme was compeered by Prof Pratishruti Singh-Agarwal.


Smart India Hackathon’18 was officially inaugurated by Shri Prakash Javdekar, Hon’ble Union Minister, Ministry of MHRD, Government of India from New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi. Prof. Anil Sahastrabuddhe, Chairman, AICTE addressed from Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering, Bengaluru through a live webcast at all the 28 Nodal centres in India for this event. Shri Javdekar congratulated the participating students for being a part of revolution. He said that the participating students were instrumental in realizing the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minsiter of India, Shri Narendra Modiji of setting up a linkage between education and economic development of the nation. Shri Javdekar was overwhelmed with the euphoria of the coders ready to wrestle to come up with the best solutions. He announced with jubilation that 27 innovations from Hackathon’17 are in the start-up stage providing solutions to various problem statements, Mr.  R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, MHRD was elated to announce that the participation of students from 40,000 in Hackathon’17 to more than 1,00,000 participants for Hackathon’18. The success ratio also increased from 1: 5 to 1:10, one student selected from every 10 students.

The 36 hour event includes hands-on training sessions by AICTE personnel, who will be also judging the competition. The panel of judges includes Mr. Mansoorul Haque, Senior Director Technical, NIC; Mr. Tarun Srivastava, Director Technical, NIC; Mr. Kunal Khuller, Manager, NHIDL; Mr. Mobaashshir Hussain, Senior Programmer; Mr. Ashutosh Kumar, Senior Programmer; Mr. Ravi Bharadwaj; Mr. Sunil Bhaskar; Mr. Naveen Jha, Sr. Programmer, NIC SI, Nagpur; Mr. Anup Kelkar, Director, Python Academy, Nagpur; Mr. Abhishek Gedam, Sr. Technical Head, GlobalLogic, Nagpur; Mr. Vishal Umredkar, Sr. Technical Head, GlobalLogic, Nagpur. The judges from the Persistent Systems include Mr. Lakshman Potbhare, Mr. Sandeep Manwatkar, Mr. Amit Todkar, Mr. Gunajn Garge

Recreational activities like yoga and zumba dancing have been planned to ease the young innovators’ minds during the Hackathon.  The event will conclude on 31st March, 2018 at 8:00 pm followed by valedictory function to be held across all the 28 centers. Mr. Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, Nagpur will be the Chief Guest for the Valedictory function at RCOEM. All the prize winners will be connected to form a ‘Community of Innovative Minds’.

Many faculty and students of RCOEM members have worked relentlessly to make Smart India Hackathon’18 a successful event.
The felicitation of the winners for Smart India Hackathon’18 was ended with the most enthusiastic and vibrant note where in a total of Rs.3,25,000/- cash prizes were won by the participants.

·  The first prize of cash prize Rs. 1 Lakh was won by the team Kappa Phi Sigma from Government Polytechnic, Pune for the project title “Safe Drive Droid-An Android App for Safe Driving through the streets of India”.

·  The second prize of cash prize of Rs. 75,000 was won by the team Vision Quest from St. Thomas College of Engineering &Technology, Kolkatta for the project titled “Application to connect labour agencies to the highway contractors for highway construction work”.

·  The team E- Vision Quest from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubneshwar won the third prize of cash prize of Rs. 50,000 for the project on “Safe Drive”.

·  The two State prizes of Rs. 50,000 each were won by The team Hacker X from Sri Sai Ram Institute of Technology, Chennai for the project theme “Game on Road Safety” and Team Osmtech from Shree Swami Atmanand Saraswati Institute of Technology, Surat worked on the project theme of “Driver Safety” .

·  Consolation prize sponsored by Persistent Systems Limited was won by the team Tech Triumphs from Anjuman –I-Islam’s M. H. Saboo Siddik College of Engineering, Mumbai for their project theme “SOS System in vehicle.

·  Prize from KPIT was won by the team Goal Diggers from Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur Karnataka for the project titled “Road Symbol Detection Software in Vehicle”.

·  Deloitt sponsored Consolation prize was won by the team Bro_Code from College of Engineering, Pune for the project theme “Finding a Dynamic Speed Limit to receive calls while driving for each driver at the current instant”.

·  The 9th Consolation prize was won by the team The Algogreeks from B.I.T.Sindri, Dhanbad for the project theme “Smart parking System based on Night Vision Camera”.

·  The 10th Consolation prize was won by team Data Devils from Bapuji Institute of Engineering & Technology, Davangere, Karnataka on the project title “Contract Book- Application to locate Skilled Labourer for Highway Construction Work”.


The two day 36 hour non stop digital programming competition started on 30 th march, 2018 at 8:30 am concluded on 31 st March, 2018 at 8:00pm. The Smart India Hackathon’ 18 ended on the futuristic note of Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi that India should evolve an educational culture which can help the country play the role of “Vishwa Guru” (universal leader) in the 21st century.


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Shri Ramdeobaba college of Engineering and Management took up the initiative to bring forward the grandeur of the great Maratha visionary Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj also known as Father of Indian Navy, who dreamed of “SWARAJ” long before the actual independence struggle began. Rajmudra 3.0 was organised with traditional fervour at 11:30am in the college premises.

The chief guest of the program was Shri Sumanth Tekade who has worked in Wipro as HR Manager for 10 years and has recruited more than 1000 IT professionals during his tenure. He has been guiding students regarding Shivajian Administration and Management skills in various reputed institutions throughout the country.

The program included Seminar on "Engineering aspects and management skills in Shivajian way by Shri Sumanth Tekade and Fort Exhibition by Shri Atul Guru.

Dr S. D. Mohgaonkar, Dean- 2nd shift also guided the students through his speech. Dr S. B. Bodkhe, Dean -Academics, Dr Y. M. Sonkhaskar, Dean-SRC, Dr M. S. Kadu, Hod-Civil dept, Prof V.T. Barhate, Hod Electrical dept and Dr. Rajesh Raut- HoD EC were among the chief dignitaries of the program.

The program was very well co-ordinated under the guidance of Prof R. P. Kinhikar faculty in-charge of the event and team Rajmudra who voluntarily worked to make this event a grand success.

The program ended at around 2.30pm with a vote of thanks from Dinesh Pakhande, student of Civil dept.