Students of Bharti Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Delhi were one of the few teams to have qualified for the grand finale of Smart India Hackathon held on 22 June 2018 at CSIR-CEERI, Pilani. They presented technology that uses RFID chips to provide real time tracking of luggage, thus avoiding loss of baggage and delays on airports. Here's the complete experience of the competition in the words of Harshil Bansal, the captain of BVCOE team.
"When I, and my team, decided to take part in the Smart India Hackathon Hardware edition 2018, we hadn't expected it to become one of the experiences that all of us will cherish for life. The problem statement we chose to work upon was 'Luggage tracking at airports using RFID and IoT'.
It started in December 2017: the proposal submission; preparation of the prototype; idea documentation; constant interaction with the mentors and lots of brainstorming. The 6 months till finale were filled with rigorous self evaluation and hard work. Every phase that we cleared gave us a new motivation to explore further and exploit our full potential.
Being shortlisted for the grand finale, to be held at CEERI, Pilani for the Smart Communication Theme was an honor in itself.
The five days that we spent at one of the most prestigious research institutes of India and under the guidance of the best mentors from all over the country, was undoubtedly the best part of this long journey. The priceless guidance that we received, helped us develop an omnidirectional perspective for solving the problem at hand, consequently, we were able to conquer the most challenging task of impressing a 8 member jury, constituting of experts from various professions.
Everyone says that reward is in the achievement, but for us it is the learning that we shall carry forward."
They bagged the third spot at the event and were also given a monetary reward for their works.