Virtual Post Harvest & Logistics Hackathon 2020

India produce huge quantity of agricultural & horticultural crops in the world. A considerable amount of fruits and vegetables produced in India is lost due to improper post-harvest operations. This loss of greatmagnitude not only diminishes resources of the farmer but also reduce profit of the farmer. Thus,
Managing the post-harvest losses is very much important and critical. Over the past two decades, the use of technology and innovation have played a crucial role in managing the supply chain of perishables. In order to address the issues and challenges it is essential to integrate technological and innovative solutions in managing the supply chain of perishables.
CII’s-Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence (FACE) has taken an Initiative to conduct Virtual Hackathon on Post-Harvest and Logistics -2020 as part of its persistent endeavor to make technology and innovation, an integral part of the Food and Agricultural sector in India.
The program focuses on promoting the development of innovation and entrepreneurship in PHL, especially by young people to create innovations that would empower smallholder farmers, and the communities that support them.
The objective of the Hackathon is to stimulate young minds to come up with Innovative solutions to address the challenges related to post harvest management and Agri-logistics and to positively impact farmers’ income, Industry and overall performance of the sector.

Why Hackathon

A tangible outcome
The young generation is bubbling with ideas. The biggest challenge however lies in turning the ideas to practical solutions. With Hackathons, the aim is to come up with a feasible practical solution with proof of concept or working example or a model.
Open to anyone 
The hackathon program is designed to be open to students, entrepreneurs, budding researchers, young professionals. The larger the cross functionality, the more the mix of people with diverse backgrounds and expertise hence newer and wider perspectives to look at addressing a problem and develop solutions.
It’s all about the data
Data is everywhere. With Big Data and Data Analytics trending it is essential to have access to relevant information derived from the available raw data for usage. 

Proposed Methodology for Virtual Hackathon –

Step 1: Registered Students shall choose and create a conceptual model from pre- defined themes catering to Identified Challenges
Step 2: Students shall present the prototype for selection by experts
Step 3: A virtual platform of "Ask Me anything" for experts is created to provide mentorship and guidance to the selected young innovators- to fine tune prototype and business model of the hack for demonstration at the Grand Challenge.
Step 4: The created Hacks can be deployed on Servers through Platforms for a unique URL and host name
Step 5: The Last step is the Grand Challenge- The hack is submitted along with the details in submission form and a screencast (video description) of the hack to gain competitive advantage and win in the competition.

Evaluation Criteria

The overall robustness of the model will be evaluated on the basis of:
➢ Concept: How effectively challenges are addressed
➢ Novelty: The concept should be new and innovative and not a recreation of something existing
➢ Viability: How scalable is the solution and a realistic chance of being implemented and adopted
➢ Ease of Use and User Interface - Is it easy to understand and use by the end consumer
Competition Rules
  1. Students, Innovators, entrepreneurs, young professionals can participate in the Hackathon
  2. No more than 4 members to one group
  3. Can code with English language
  4. Teams must be multidisciplinary with participants from cross-functional areas and skill setsengineering, business and agriculture
  5. Group Leader for each team to be nominated or volunteered in the beginning.
  6. All communication will be shared with the group leader
  7. Solutions developed must strictly adhere to the specified themes
  8. Participants will be expected to come up with new and innovative ideas. Any idea that has been copied from elsewhere will be disqualified.
  9. No outsourcing is allowed
  10. If any of the rules are broken, the entire team shall be disqualified.