Around 250 students will be part of ‘Project Deep Blue’ .
Mumbai: Engineering students in the city are coming up with innovative technological solutions for an open defecation-free India as well as waste segregation and the plastic ban. Students are creating working solutions for real-life using cutting-edge technology such as advance image processing, social data analytics, machine learning, coding, artificial intelligence, etc.
Around 250 students across 67 teams are part of this competition named “Project Deep Blue” which will give students an opportunity to present their solutions, prototypes and explain the mechanism to experts including from the city civic body. “Project Deep Blue” is the brain child of the multinational IT company, Mastek Majesco, which aims to provide a platform for aspiring engineers to deliver significant technical solutions for social issues.
Students from colleges like K.J. Somaiya, D.J. Sanghvi, SIES, Pillai College of Engineering, Saboo Siddik and others from Mumbai and Navi Mumbai are currently part of the project. Sai Apurva Gollatalli, a student from SIES Nerul who is part of a team explained, “As of now, we are tracking and locating public toilets in slum areas and looking up their usability and cleanliness using censors and ultra sounds.”
“Building a working solution is the aim. Not just demonstration of an idea or a mere presentation. We want them to build a solution, which will work. This will happen when students stick with the problem for a period of three months which is when they have enough time to do field work, think deeply about the issues, and then build a solution,” explained Kavita Mukherjee, project coordinator of “Project Deep Blue”.
Each team has a mentor, she said. With the guidance of expert mentors, students take a closer look at various issues. “Through these, students are given an opportunity to step out of the college and actually apply technology,” she said. In the end, the winner gets a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a trophy, which will go to his or her respective college.