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Sanitation Challenge

Written by Ahemed Haneen

Date : 1st December 2018

Venue :  Kerala Startup Mission

No. of participants:  120 participants


“Every one must be his own scavengers”~ M.K Gandhi

To throw light to this very quote of M.K Gandhi,

IEEE Kochi hub in association with Paytm build for India, Kerala Suchitwa mission and Kerala Startup mission conducted Sanitation Design Challenge, the finals of which was conducted on 1st December 1st 2018 at KSUM. Kochi.

The event was meant to build solutions to the below mentioned problem statements.

Railway Toilets, Sanitation During Natural Disasters. Safe Drinking Water, Sewage, Garbage Disposal, Toilets in Long distance Bus, More number of public toilets, Proper toilet facilities during big events.


Vice President of Paytm, Saurabh Jain addressing the participants

The design challenge was widely accepted by the IEEEians and received quite a good amount of entries from all over India.

After the abstract filtration and IEEE Paper submission, 22 Teams were selected to the finals with the total count of participants being 102. For the smooth conduction of the finals, 10 enthusiastic volunteers were also on board!

The event was judged by a panel comprising of Mr. Saurabh Jain, Vice President – Paytm, Dr Nirmala Padmanabhan, Professor of Economics at St.Teresas and Mr. Siju ThomasDistrict coordinator of Suchitwa Mission, Kochi. 


The judging panel with Chairman of IEEE Kerala Section Dr. Sameer S M

The event was graced by the presence of IEEE Kerala Section Chairman Dr. Sameer SM, IEEE Kerala Section secretary, Mr. Shahim Baker and Executive Director of Kerala Suchitwa Mission, Dr. Ajay Kumar Varma.

First prize of INR.25,000 was bagged by team AHCSR comprising of Harikrishnan E, Lavanya VHaritha T R of NSS College of Engineering, Palakkad for their project Advanced Hygienic Cleaning System for Railways.


Judges examining the first prize winnning project

Second prize of INR 15,000 was bagged by team Mechatrons comprising of Keerthi Vasan, Pirabu Kannan, Selva Kumar, Nishanth, Suriya Prakash from Kongu College of Engineering, Karnataka for their project Autonomous oil spills removing robot.

Third prize of INR 10,000 was bagged by team GT Labs comprising of Geo Jose, George Phili Puthiyote, Prabhav Rajeev, Sayooj Surendran from Government Engineering College, Thrissur for the project Incinerating toilet. 

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