IIIT-H, Pravaha Hackathon on Sustainability through Technology


Hyderabad: International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIITH) in collaboration with Pravaha Foundation conducted a PAN India Hackathon for students between the ages of 10-17 years. The topic of the Hackathon was ‘Sustainability through Technology’. The purpose of the Hackathon was to build solutions using technology for Climate Change issues. Further, to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) no.10 and 13. 

For the final phase, the 1st category(10-13yrs) tried to find solutions for the problem statement on Automated water management.  The 2nd category (14-17yrs) tried to build solutions around Automated Disaster management (including forest fire, litho-disaster and water borne disasters). Participants worked on their solution model for 2 days in respective teams at IIITH campus using Robotics, IoT, and App Development. 

On the last day, the panel members of the hackathon on sustainability through technology evaluated the model solutions. They also gave them suggestions/opportunities to apply the prototype and extend it to real-life implementation.

Everyone including mentors, judges and the organizing team was impressed by the enthusiastic, innovative, and conscious young mindset of the participants. It gave us a ray of hope for building a sustainable world in the future.


The sustainability through technology hackathon developed problem-solving abilities,  design thinking capability, presentation and entrepreneurial skills, and environmental awareness among the students. Winners and runners-up in the Finals received mementos, cash prizes of up to 25,000/- and certificates. They will also be provided with the opportunity to participate in the next international Hackathon organized by Pravaha.

A total of 55 teams(3-4 students in each) registered in two categories from different cities in India. There were 3 stages of filtration in the hackathon and the final stage was conducted physically at the IIITH campus.