CII Connect 2023, the flagship annual ICT Conference organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with the Government of Tamil Nadu conducted a make-a-thon under the theme Generative AI for Industry. Not only colleges from Chennai and other metros but also students from Tier III and Tier IV towns participated in this marathon 24-hour session and was supported by Openweaver, ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu, and was hosted at Rajalakshmi Institute of Technology.
“The students who participated in the make-a-thon made a brilliant effort by staying awake for more than 24 hours and building solutions for the defined theme. The students at the make-a-thon were to build and develop solutions under the Construction, Manufacturing, e-commerce, Edtech, and e-governance categories,” said Mr Ashok Balasubramaniam, Founder & CEO, Openweaver.
The top three finalists of the 24-hour make-a-thon session were PSG Institute of Technology and Applied Research, K Ramakrishnan College of Engineering, and KG College of Arts & Science. The 1st prize of Rs. 50,000 was bagged by two students at PSG Institute of Technology and Applied Research who had developed an app “AI Builds” for making housing & construction planning easier using Generative AI. The 2nd cash prize of Rs. 25,000 was won by three students at K Ramakrishnan College of Engineering who developed “AgriCart” - A 'Farm-To-Table' organic produce platform for connecting farmers directly with customers. The third cash prize of Rs.15,000 was received by two students at KG College of Arts & Science who created “Rescue Nanban” a mission to bring volunteers, rescue teams, and the public together for optimal rescue efforts during calamities. The make-a-thon saw participation from 137 Colleges across Tamil Nadu with 260 students showcasing brilliant ideas.