The issues of women’s health and hygiene, sanitation and legal rights are detrimental not only to women’s welfare but also for the development of our society. Women are our country’s strength and they are entitled to live a life of respect, dignity, good health and equality.
Resilience 1.0 aimed at addressing these important issues impacting women through awareness and by developing a relevant technical solution to tackle it. The two-day event encompassed a workshop on Arduino and a hackathon. Students got familiar with various development boards of Arduino. The mentors oriented the delegates on good hygienic practices and they were divided into teams to rig up a new technology to promote women hygiene by utilizing the knowledge gained from the workshop. All the participants came up with diverse ideas and their ideas were presented at the hackathon and the best ideas were rewarded.
Respected judges of the event were Mr. Jinoj K, CEO of Wager Machineries, Director of PR ozone Hygiene and Mrs. Reny Auxiliya, CEO of Rennes Performance Architects which is an internationally recognized co-curricular training company for students. They were awestruck by the amazing ideas presented by each team that was questioned and discussed vividly.
The inaugural ceremony was inaugurated in the esteemed presence of Mrs. Nisha Kuruvilla (Principal-in-charge), Mr. Manoj Kumar P (Branch counselor, IEEE Student Branch CEC), Dr. Latha (MBBS, Specialized in Gynaecology, Chengannur Govt. Hospital) and Mrs. Deepa VS (Women in Engineering Affinity Group Advisor). After a short silent prayer, the dignitaries on the dais Mrs. Nisha Kuruvilla, Dr. Latha, Mrs. Deepa VS, and Mr. Manoj Kumar P came forward to light the inauguration lamp.
The inspiring inaugural keynote was given by Dr. Latha. She guided the students with her wise words on the necessity of spreading awareness on basic sanitation and hygiene access that has to be monitored by the government and women. She also pointed out the fact that we are in dire need to act quickly and smartly which was indeed a great motivation to the participants. She also gave new ideas to the participants for the hackathon that was forth to come. The participants were enlightened on the issues faced by the women and what each of us can contribute towards the society as engineers to resolve these problems. Also, various technological ideas were introduced to them considering the same.
Workshop on Arduino was organized to help the participants to implement their ideas as the solution to the issue. Mr. Thomas Sabu, CEO of Neo Green Labs, Cochin and Mr. Nandakumar of Neo Green Labs, Cochin were the mentors for the participants. They gave a basic idea about Arduino as it is an open-source platform used for building electronics projects. Arduino consists of both a physical programmable circuit board and a piece of software, or IDE used to write and upload computer code to the physical board. The Arduino platform has become quite popular with people and for good reason. Unlike most previous programmable circuit boards, the Arduino does not need a separate piece of hardware in order to load new code onto the board – can simply use a USB cable. Additionally, the Arduino IDE uses a simplified version of C++, making it easier to learn to program. Thus the participants well familiarized with Arduino.
The hands-on session began at 12:40 pm on Arduino was taken by Mr. Thomas Sabu, CEO of Neo Green Labs, Cochin and Mr. Nandakumar of Neo Green Labs, Cochin. Students were given the opportunity to familiarize with the proximity sensor, using IR LED sensors, code to show circuit signals, to use a wide variety of hardware and components in the breadboard and to handle Arduino safely. Each group of participants began to work on the problem and discussed what they can do to promote women hygiene by finding a technical solution by using the knowledge they gained from the workshop. The session ended at 4:30 pm.
Warm Up Session
The second day (18th February 2018) began with a remarkable ice-breaking session. It was the day for the hackathon. The participants were given time for group discussion to find a relevant technical solution which will promote women hygiene.
The participants came up with remarkable ideas and their improvisations were guided by Mr. Thomas Sabu and Mr. Nandakumar of Neo Green Labs, Cochin. The participants explored their hidden talent of innovating. Their ideas were mentored and analysed, its real life usage and how their project can be developed practically for the betterment of society and how it can be made available to poor people and so on were discussed and the mentors also gave a different perspective to approach the problems faced by the women.
Rules and regulations concerning the hackathon were informed to the participants explicitly. Procedures considered by the judges such as the significance of the problem that was to be resolved, confidence during the presentation, precise and strong comebacks to judges questions, involvement in the project as a team and finally clear cut idea on the implementation of the prototype.
Mrs. Reny Auxiliya, CEO of Rennes Performance Architect took an interactive session on sanitation. After that, Mr. Jinoj K, CEO of Wager India, and Founder and Vice President of Centre for Hygiene Research and Development (CHRD), spoke a few words on the necessity of taking care of cleanliness especially during menstruation period and his successful innovations after years of research, dedication, and hard work.
Hackathon- Get Set Go
The participants were given time for getting themselves involved in their hackathon presentations. The six teams collaborated interpersonally for the best invention. This was followed by a presentation session in which the participants defended their idea before the jury members. Each team put up their best effect before the dais in a disciplined and focused manner. The professional inquisitors were astonished by numerous thought-provoking queries on the technology for the betterment of women hygiene and sanitation.
After a short period, the best team was chosen from them and the results were announced. The first prize was awarded with Rs 10,000 to Thushar Tom, Dhanya M K and Philip George of College of Engineering Chengannur. An exceptional mobile application designed by the team where the app integrated an Ultraviolet sensor for germ protection, a pepper spray for self-protection and various other incredible features.
First, runner-up was awarded with Rs 5,000 to Sinnu Rose Philipose, Salma Gafoor, Swathy Babu and Fathima Shabnam from College of Engineering Cherthala. It was a product which is used to sterilize and dry the reusable cotton sanitary napkins.
The second runners-up bagged by Harris Josye and James Joseph, College of Engineering Chengannur received a prize money of Rs 2500. The product they designed was an IOT based hygiene monitor in which remote monitoring of toilet hygiene is done via Wi-Fi made on Arduino computing platform.