The Embassy of India screened the live telecast of the Award Ceremony of ASEAN-India Hackathon 2021 on Feb 4.
Lao students from the National University of Laos, their mentors who had participated in the Hackathon and representatives of the university watched the screening.
Attending the ceremony included Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Phout Simmalavong, Vice President of the National University of Laos Houngphet Chanthavong, and Ambassador Dinkar Asthana and students.
“The Hackathon has provided opportunity to Lao students to collaborate with ASEAN and Indian students to share their academic skills through practical problem solving,” said Mr Phout Simmalavong.
Dr. S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India mentioned that a hackathon offers a unique platform to our youngsters to put their minds and energies together and leverage technology to come up with novel solutions to complex problems facing us. It is an excellent means to inculcate cooperative spirit among the participants, and also exposes them to diverse view points, cultures and work ethics cutting across national boundaries. When the problems facing us are global, the solutions must also be truly collaborative and multilateral.
Ambassador Dinkar also interacted with the Lao students and mentors and hoped that students will take forward the experience gained from the Hackathon for their future endeavors. He congratulated all the participants, observing that winning while nice was not as important as participating and acquiring problem-solving experience and forming cross-country bonds.
Mr Phoutthavanh Sisavath who is a student of Faculty of Law and Political Science, National University of Laos shared his experience of Hackathon and said that he was not aware of the concept of Hackathon before and was worried how he will collaborate with students of other countries virtually. He said that he has not met his teammates from other countries but they are now good friends. His team won the first prize for the solution to problem statement ‘Flagging of (AIS) Inactivity Data (FIND)’.
Ms Thipphachan Myxayphon who is also a student of Faculty of Law and Political Science, National University of Laos was very excited after participating in the Hackathon. Before the Hackathon, she was also not aware of concept of a Hackathon and her problem statement of coastal data. She said that she will share these wonderful memories with her friends. Her team also won the first prize for the solution to the problem statement ‘Enhancing Coastal Security’.
The ASEAN-India Hackathon was conducted virtually from Feb 1 to 3, 2021. Blue Economy and Education were themes selected for this Hackathon. A total of 330 students and 90 mentors participated from 10 ASEAN countries and India. It divided into 55 teams. Each team had students from 3 or 4 different countries. From Laos, 27 students of the National University of Laos and 10 mentors from different fields participated.
The winning teams got prize of USD 2700, runner up teams got prize of USD 1500- and rest of teams were awarded encouragement award of USD 600-. From Laos, 2 students were part of the winning teams and 3 students were part of the runner up teams. The ASEAN-India Hackathon may become an annual event.
Source: Lao News Agency