This Is A #TeamTribute

With everything that has been executed for the #WorldInnovationDay Hackathon, the primary focus has been to support the participants. Hence, I want to pay tribute to the participants and teams that we’ve been able to support along the way. Each person came into this event with a different goal in mind – some wanted to learn, some wanted to connect with others, some wanted to build a business. To continue with this support, this is my ask:

If you can help a team or an individual, please reach out.

Here are some teams in no particular order. These descriptions and comments are their words. We’ve also featured all the finalists at the end. If you are needing further details – reach out to me at jason.lowe@oracle.com.

Enjoy, be inspired, connect, engage and help make that impact.

Team Name: Jobcall-hackers

Team: Tanmay Gupta (here), Anjali Sridharan, Rushikesh Ghotekar (here),  Isaac Bamidele (here), Vipin Singh (here), Mustafa Imam (here)
Mentor Shout Out: Lachlan Young (here)

Challenge: UN SDG #8 – Decent Work & Economic Growth

Over the past decade, the internet has become crucial to find jobs, advance our careers, and achieve upward social mobility. But what about the close to 50% of the world’s population without internet access? Without the ability to reach out over the internet and market oneself, finding a new job can be a difficult task reliant on word of mouth. Unfortunately, this can lead to long term-unemployment, career stagnation, or reliance on employers with unfair or unsafe working conditions. We believe that everyone has the right to seek better employment, and with JobCall, we empower people to do so, even without the internet.

Solution:

JobCall is an application that uses chatbot technology to build personal branding tools for individuals without internet access or the ability to use an internet-connected device. With one phone or text conversation, the user can create their own website, complete with scheduling tools and a personal portfolio.

Comments:

As this project was created to address the challenge of economic growth, unemployment is one of the factors which impede the pace of economic growth of a country. Our platform plans to tackle this challenge by providing solutions in order to promote individual growth and economic growth as well. #CommunityMatters

Team: Team Newbies

Team: Prakhar Kumar (here), Vishal Kumar (here), Monika Tulsani (here)

Challenge: UN SDG #3 – Good Health & Wellbeing

The problem statement focused on bush fires and natural disasters set by Minderoo.

Solution:

An intelligent real-time solution that will identify forest fires, predict its intensity and ones that have the potential to become a disaster. A visual based solution which will give real analysis on forest forest. It predicts its potential to become a disaster based on multiple parameters like temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction etc.

Team: Fitch Hackers

Team: Neelima Divi (here), Eileen Fahey (here), Derek Ferguson (here), Rishabh Gupta (here), Aleksandra Buljancevic-Hagy (here), Rashid Mohammad (here), Murugan Poornachandran (here), Prem P (here)

Challenge: UN SDG #4 – Quality Education.

Solution:

Increasing educational access in developing areas.

Team Name: Hack Coders

Team: Mini Shail Chhabra (here), Praseedha Praveen Kalbhavi (here), Satvika Koti (here)

Challenge: UN SDG #3 – Good Health & Wellbeing

Solution:

Reducing Maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health.

Team Name – Access Denied (SocieTree)

Team: Prashant Abbi (here), Khushi Arora (here), Samiya Goyal – (here), Krishna Shedbalkar (here), Raghav Rawat (here)

Challenge: UN SDG #4 – Quality Education, UN SDG #8 Decent Work & Economic Growth

Problems faced by both volunteers and social organizations (non-profits and student clubs), while keeping the solution in sync with SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), and SDG 17 (Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development).

Problems faced by volunteers:

  1. Lack of opportunities matching their interests, time, location etc.
  2. Extensive research required to ensure the authenticity of the organization.
  3. Unaware of the existing opportunities and the ways in which they can benefit society using their skills.

Problems faced by non-profits and student clubs:

  1. The constant need for resources including skilled volunteers.
  2. Absence of a network and channel to market their events, activities, and cause.
  3. Absence of proper administration techniques with reference to volunteer/employee management.

Solution:

Comments:

Our ML-based recommendation model is hosted on a Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) compute instance. On the backend, we are using TF-IDF vectorizer and cosine similarity scores to serve the best possible partners for the non-profits on basis of their focus areas, beneficiary groups, location, and events conducted; and volunteers on basis of their skills and interests. We are using Flask API to serve our model on our Bubble front end. Using OCI proved to be quite beneficial and fast as compared to other cloud services we were using prior to this competition. In fact, while returning values to our front end, we noticed a significant decrease in the response time, which made our model faster and more efficient.

Team Name: education_beyond_borders

Team: Niranch Rajmohan (here), Ujjwal Kalkhande (here), Zhonghan Deng (here), Christelle Vignon, Jaime Martin, Renata Aguilar

Challenge: UN SDG #4 – Quality Education

As per meeting commitments document from UNESCO (here), we see there are challenges in gathering digital skill indicator data. This is crucial in order for UNESCO to track, measure and target resources appropriately to achieve the goal by 2030. The data is currently gathered through a combination of administrative data(formal education), household survey, learning assessments etc. This challenge requires a need for an effective and economic way to gather digital skill indicator data to achieve the higher goal. The goal to educate more people depends on this crucial information. In a fast growing technological world, acquiring digital skills has become vital. Even with availability of abundant e-learning courses and content providers, there is a lack of digital skills amongst youth and adults in large parts of the world.

Solution:

Comments:

Thank you for organizing this hackathon. I had a great learning and rewarding experience in contributing my time towards understanding and solving global education challenges. The problem statement itself was challenging compared to other hackathons. What could have helped here are more datasets/resources directly related to the 4.4 education challenge. Overall it was a well organized hackathon towards greater good.

Team Name: Janus

Team: Rishabh Jain Chandaliya (here), Ayushi Shah (here), Nicole Douglas (here), Ruchit Patel (here), Mauriac Duplex

Challenge: UN SDG #3 – Health & Wellbeing

Our main focus is to help report, analyse, predict and reduce mortality rates in infants. Using AI/ML and the power of data mining to identify variables aggravating the death of infants.

Solution:

Our solution is a combination of a simple mobile app, used to report minor and major health incidents. Those incidents get recorded and later on used by our second element which is a centralized dashboard that visually shows all the incidents reported combined with data gathered from other sources that could be linked to the type and rate of incidents in that area. For example, if in a specific area one sees lots of reports of breathing-related conditions and in that specific area, one of the external data attributes is higher than other areas with a low rate of that type of incident, it means that it’s likely that the specific attribute is the root cause or at least linked to the type of incident. Furthermore, our solution then uses ML to find more complex patterns between incidents and various factors. Once enough data is available, our predictive model can then not only predict future trends for that location, but if applied to a completely new location, it would proactively predict the type and rate of incidents that would occur in that location based on the similarity of attributes.

Comments:

The backend of our solution was hosted on Oracle Cloud. More specifically, we used Oracle MySQL as a database for our real-time data coming from public datasets and our frontend application and a compute instance to host the Janus web app. In addition, we experimented with Oracle Analytics Cloud in order to get insights into our data in a fast and efficient manner.

Team Name : Team Apollo

Team: Anil Sahoo (here), Asit Kumar Panda (here), Sachidanand Pandey (here),  Doshagya Kumar (here), Nabeel Raza (here), Neeti Sharma (here), Mari Takashima (here), Priti Solanki (here)

Challenge: UN SDG #3 – Good Health & Wellbeing

Solution:

We attempted to solve Minderoo’s challenge under the “Health & Wellness” category to build a resilient community pre and post disaster. We developed an idea to  build resilience communities through acts of self-awareness and kindness through a ML model which will suggest personalized acts to contribute in building resilient communities.

Github: https://github.com/pritisolanki/HackathonApp

Comments:

We  leverage Oracle’s IaaS and PaaS offering. IaaS: Hosting our demo ReactJS app – iConnect on cloud Infrastructure along with deploying the ML model using Oracle Data Science Cloud. PaaS: Oracle Analytics Cloud to quickly load the data and generate insight on historical data of natural disasters in Australia and generate visualization. Team Apollo is really thankful to the organiser to provide us the platform so that we all can attempt to join our hands to solve Mindroo’s challenge to build resilient communities. We extend our thankfulness to Tamara Orth who was our project mentor and Jason Lowe who was always there to guide us technically in Oracle Cloud.

Team Name: Gen4Gen

Team: Irma – Founder  (here), Ugne (here), Roberta (here), Azib (here), Eros (here), Rustam (here)
Mentor Shout Out: Alistair Hofert (here)

Challenge: UN SDG #8 – Decent Work & Economic Growth.

Solution:

Gen4Gen will help families with their everyday tasks integrating older people as service suppliers.

Team Name: Team Berkeley Data Science – Winner

Team: Kevin Hartman (here), Shaji K Kunjumohamed (here), Padma Sridhar (here), Kevin Hanna (here), Vaishnavi Rajagopal (here), Christina Chen (here), Qian (Cathy) Deng (here)

Challenge: UN SDG #8 – Decent Work & Economic Growth

Solution:

Accelerating sustainable consumption (UN Goal 8.4).

Comments:

We used the instance in Oracle with shape “VM.Standard2.4”, Ubuntu 20.04 (US West San Jose) for hosting. The best way we could describe our time on the hackathon together is “it was a full-on whirlwind starting from day 1”. Our team came together as freshly graduated Data Science students from UC Berkeley’s master degree program. We knew each other, but for most of us, this was the first time working together as a team. We made concept sketches, prototype code, back-up plans, and pivots along the way, including the pivot towards our final idea. But what really pulled us through was having a diverse team of many talents. That was our secret ingredient. And our willingness to just dive in and try something even though it hadn’t been done before!

Team Name: Team Sign Hand – Second Place

Challenge: UN SDG #4 – Quality Education

Solution:

Technology to improve inclusive and quality education for deaf people.


Team Name: Team Swasthya – Third Place

Challenge: UN SDG #3 – Good Health & Wellbeing

Solution:

An app (Local Angels) based on Human 2 Human (H2H) approach to help reduce mortality from non-communicable as well as communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.

Team: Edu-FX – Fourth Place

Team: Razali Samsudin (here), Yamini Harikrishnan (here), Deepika Nanduri (here), Durga Prasad (here), Chitrak Banerjee (here), Anshuman Yashodhar Rangaraj (here), Sweety Seela (here), Yashad Samant (here), Radika Kumar
Mentor Shout Out: Arijit Hajra (here)

Challenge: UN SDG #4 – Quality Education

Create an innovative tech-based solution help promote education for sustainable development and global citizenship – Sustainable Development Goal 4.7

Solution:

The team studied Sustainable Development Goal 4 Target 4.7 on Education, addressing Education for Sustainable Development at all levels and in all social contexts, to transform society by reorienting education and help people develop knowledge, skills, values and behaviours needed for sustainable development.

The Team built a simple and user-friendly website solution called “ECO ACTION” with an intuitive Search Bar that will display specific environmental improvement solutions based on the environmental issue type you search. Thus educating citizens with transparency into the improvements made in environmental problem solving.

This website will help people facing environmental issues connect with solutions that empower them to change the way they think and work towards a sustainable future.

The “Rewards” for users following a published  guideline of good practice criteria that users see in their profile/account and sign as part of a charter during registration (charter can use targets and  SDG problem statement challenge language reformulated to show a user who signs up they agree to actively embody the enshrined principles and seek to tackle any abuses and malpractice linked to SDGs ) to promote and encourage users that report on problems do so by sharing with maximum information available and possible to them. Rewards for users who implemented solutions for environmental issues will be distributed by partner and supporting stakeholders of ECO ACTION via the ECO ACTION PLATFORM direct to user accounts.

Comments:

When great minds come together it is the beginning of great things to come!! Global issues need global thinking and during this Hackathon, Team Edu-FX collaborated with professionals from 4 different countries bringing in experts as a Sustainability Lead, Product Owner, Software Developers, Machine Learning Enthusiasts, Data Scientists, Digital Policy Advisor and Project Management to innovate and help solve challenges together!!


Team Name: Platolearning – Fifth Place

Challenge: UN SDG #4 – Quality Education

Solution:

Ensuring lifelong learning and upskilling the workforce.


Team Name: Medicall Team – Sixth Place

Challenge: UN SDG #3 – Good Health & Wellbeing

Solution:

To get health services in the Covid – 19 pandemic period now?

Team Name: UP – Honourable Mention

Team: Eric H. (here), Luc J. (here), Danylo L. (here), Danielle G. (here), Joe L. (here), Woody H., Jan H., Andrew G., Muhammad S., Moneeb R.
Mentor Shout Out: Sydney N. (here), Gaurav K. (here), Raouf H., Gabriella M., Wael M., Stuart C.

Challenge: UN SDG #3 – Good Health and Wellbeing

Solution:

To impact targets 3.8 achieve universal health coverage & 3.D improve early warning systems for global health risks.

Team Name: TITANS – Honourable Mention

Team: Jaya Khan (here), Dr Purshottam (here), Nnamse Akpan (here), Harsh Gupta (here), Tanmay Bhatia (here), Sinda Ellouze (here), Neethi Antony (here), Gul Hassan (here), Vinayak Chopra (here)

Challenge: UN SDG #4 – Quality Education

Solution:

Through this project, we have addressed Target 4.4 – “By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.

Comments:

As we endure the unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic, it has become increasingly more critical than ever to improve the livelihood of the youth in the post-COVID world. “Demystifying research and innovation” is one such project that provides learners a lifelong learning and research opportunity via our brand new TREE application. TREE application chronologically stores research contents in a hierarchical order, making it easier for learners to locate and find development occurred in their topic of interest., hence the name TREE.

Team Name: Team Apex – Honourable Mention

Challenge: UN SDG #4 – Good Health & Wellbeing

Solution:

To promote wellbeing by providing convenient access to complimentary medicine for all.

Author: Jason Lowe

I am passionate about how organisations adopt IT quickly and sustainably to achieve a specific and measurable outcome. This thinking is supported through lean IT practices in operational support and project delivery, and adopting these practices with Oracle technologies by creating sustainable platforms. I'm also interested different perspectives and drivers - from enterprise to start-ups, academia to commercial to public sector, cost-sensitive (risk) to value-driven (reward) - all of which influences decisions that organisations make. I have a passion for community and have been called "a connector" - meeting new people that are trying to solve valuable and hard problems and connecting them with others that can validate and help realise their full potential. I've supported different organisations like TADHack and Hacking Health as a global organiser. I'm is a persistent blogger on medium.com and redthunder.blog and on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/lowe-jason #CommunityMatters #ItTakesAVillage

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