IIITM-K team bags NITI Aayog prize

A team of research students from Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K) in Kochi have bagged the prestigious NITI Aayog prize in the inaugural edition of the Proffer Hackathon held at IIT, New Delhi.

The international block chain hackathon was jointly organised by NITI Aayog, the policy think tank of the Government of India, and Harvard-based block chain startup Proffer from November 10 to 13, a release said.

The IIITM-K team, comprising Nikhil V Chandran, Adarsh S and Anoop V S of the Data Engineering Lab, mentored by Asharaf S, emerged as winners in the India Chain category, it said.

Their award-winning entry was AgroChain, a block chain based transparent marketplace where farmers and consumers can implement a co-operative farming method. In AgroChain, farmers can list the potential crops and expected yield on their farm on the distributed public ledger.

The consumers can view the details and check for the farmers credibility, based on the previous cultivation and supply. This creates a transparent and tamper-proof digital market platform for farm products, the release said.

It will help the consumer to fund individual crops or a field and can acquire the yield from the farm or the profit percentage of its market value, it said.

More than 1,900 students and young professionals from 28 countries signed up to participate in-person and remotely in the event. A panel of judges from Coinbase, IBM, Microsoft, Harvard, BoostVC, and Government of India assessed the projects.

The objective of the hackathon was to look beyond currency use cases to see how block chain technology can make a difference to governments, economies, businesses and individuals, the release added.


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