Girls in Tech Foundation, a Non Governmental Organization  in association with Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and US Embassy, Hyderabad organised the first all women ‘She Builds Tech – Smart City Hackathon’ in Vizag, spanning two days, 19-20 August, 2017. The event was held at Green Park Hotel and was supported by Fluentgrid, IBM, Bayer India and Wave Labs with major focus on collaborative governance, improved accessibility to physical infrastructure, eco-friendly solutions for smart city and Tech Nari – empowering women in technology.

Fluentgrid, one of the sponsors of the event, assisted Girls in Tech Foundation through its Corporate Social Value (CSV) division. On this occasion Mrs. Vani Gannamani, Director, CSV remarked that Fluentgrid believes in impactful technology that reaches every nook and corner, and for the right impact of technology, it is noteworthy to support initiatives like the Smart City Hackathon.

300 students from some of the top universities of AP and Telangana took part in the event. The participants were motivated to build solutions with inputs from corporate mentors. The teams went thorough idea generation session, planning session, coding session and then their final work was brought to the panel of jury on Sunday. Mentors from Fluentgrid limited guided a team from Y S R Engineering College of Yogi Vemana University from Proddatur. ‘Nano Sol’ – a solar energy harnessing paint, a water grid solution, geo fencing, ‘Intelligent Ambi’ – a smart ambulance service and ‘Tour Gel’ were among the winning solutions.

During the inaugural function, the Chief Guest Mr. Y. Sujana Chowdary, Minister of state for Science and Technology & Earth sciences said that Women entrepreneurs should be encouraged to use technology solutions for driving the nation forward.