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Air Quality Hackathon held in Kolkata

The Air quality hackathon programme or Air-O-Thon was designed to find innovative, sustainable, and implementable solutions to address the air pollution problem in the Eastern and Northeastern part of India.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 31 Mar 2022, 1:46 pm

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A 48-hour non-stop Air Quality Hackathon was held at the iLead College in Kolkata. The Air quality hackathon programme or Air-O-Thon, hosted by the US Consulate General in Kolkata in partnership with KIIT TBI, was designed to find innovative, sustainable, and implementable solutions to address the air pollution problem in the Eastern and Northeastern part of India.

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According to an official statement, 20 teams from seven states -- West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Manipur, Assam, and Sikkim -- were selected for the grand finale. The teams were shortlisted from 100 ideas received from the seven states. The Top three ideas in Kolkata selected from the Hackathon will be provided with 360- degree support to complete their product development and product validation over a period of six months across three cities. The ideas would be validated by the Pollution Control Board and then be recommended for large-scale implementation, it added.

Inaugurating the Air-O-Thon, Director of the American Centre in Kolkata Adrian Pratt, said, “The US Consulate General Kolkata, following the US Department of State, regularly engages with the local government, pollution control boards, policy makers, civil society members, students, youth leaders, media, think tanks, academic institutions, and other partners to work together and find ways to improve the air quality across East and Northeast India. We have implemented several public programs to raise awareness and involve youth leaders in mitigating air pollution in the past."

"No country can solve the climate crisis alone. Everyone must do their part," Pratt added.

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Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, US Embassy, New Delhi Gloria Berbena declared the winners at the closing ceremony on Thursday.

“The US Consulate Kolkata has supported environmental diplomacy and advocacy in the local community for the last several years. We have also convened several high-level talks and discussions with experts and policymakers on the issue of air quality in Kolkata.  They have spoken about the need for technology-supported solutions to the problem to educate people and change their behavior. Hackathons are always an exciting space for collaboration, creativity and innovation. I am heartened to see the number of creative ideas which have been generated in such a short amount of time over the last two days," Gloria Berbena said.
 

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First published:31 Mar 2022, 1:46 pm

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