GUWAHATI: A workforce of seven members, together with Deep Jyoti Gurung from Assam, has bagged the primary prize within the ‘MIT COVID19 challenge: India turning the tide’.
It is global 48-hour digital hackathon organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.
The occasion was held throughout August 28-30 via the digital platform “zoom”. Of the remaining members of the workforce, one was from the US and the rest from India.
The team bagged a cash prize of $500 and assistance from MIT for developing their innovative plan to address mental health issues in rural areas of India, including Assam, during and post the Covid-19 pandemic.
The programme was organized to find solutions of Covid related problems especially in context of India. The event was supported by Atal Innovation Mission under Niti Ayog, government of India.
The team had to work on the proposal for 48 hours and try to provide a 360-degree solution for the problem introduced in the 90 seconds pitch. On the last day, each team got three minutes to present their solution before judges from all across the globe, selected by MIT COVID19 challenge organizers.
Gurung, who hails from Sonaipam village in Sonitpur, Assam, is currently pursuing his Ph.D. from the Department of Business Administration Tezpur University. He is also serving as an Assistant Professor in CHRIST Deemed to be University, Bengaluru.
He led the team named ‘Mind and Health Innovations (M.A.H.I.)’ to victory in track H: Providing Mental Health Support Resources during the hackathon.
Gurung is known to be the first person from the state to have won MIT COVID19 challenges. Previously, he was also a member of the winning team ‘UNIFY’ of track C: ‘Growing up and Educating in the New Normal’ during ‘MIT COVID19 challenge: Beat the pandemic-II’ event.
MIT, USA has been organizing a series of international virtual hackathons, also known as MIT COVID19 challenges. In this hackathons, people are encouraged to participate and find solutions for various problems related to Covid-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 problems are listed as tracks such as health, education and economy.