Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan

EU to organise Hackathon for Smart City Applications -Opportunity to win a trip to Estonia and Mentoring at SAP Startup Studio

Delhi, 12/02/2018 - 08:14, UNIQUE ID: 180212_2
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The European Union Delegation to India is organising a series of tutorials in four Indian cities for developers of applications, and a hackathon challenge in Bangalore at Indian Institute of Science (IISc). These events are being organised in cooperation with Indian and European partners under an EU funded project supporting cooperation between India and the EU on ICT standardisation.

The Ambassador of the European Union to India, Tomasz Kozlowski said, "This initiative is just one example of how we are implementing the decision taken at the India-EU Summit held on 6 October 2017 to broaden EU-India’s cooperation on ICT standardisation.”

A winning team of the hackathon will get a trip to Estonia, supported jointly by the European Union and Estonia, to attend the Estonian flagship startup and technology event Latitude59. In addition, selected participating team(s) will get direct access to the final jury for the SAP Startup Studio cohort of 2018-19, commencing end of May 2019, and thus an opportunity to receive several months of mentoring at the SAP Startup Studio in Bangalore.

The tutorials (in Delhi - 12 February; Hyderabad -14 February; Bengaluru - 15 February and Chandigarh -19 February) and hackathon (in Bengaluru on 16th February) will familiarise Indian developers – especially from start-ups and academia - with emerging global standards for machine-to-machine communications (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

These standards are being developed by the global standardisation initiative "oneM2M", with active participation of the European and Indian standards development organisations (ETSI and TSDSI), and counterparts from Japan, Korea, China and the USA.

While the tutorials will combine trainings and hands-on exercises, the hackathon will be a challenge to develop real applications – in a smart city context - based on an open source implementation of oneM2M.       

The tutorials and hackathon, which will use an open source implementation of oneM2M, have been prepared with the French research lab LAAS – CNRS. A team from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse (INSA Toulouse), led by Prof. Thierry Monteil, an Internet of Things specialist and active participant in ICT standardisation, will support the implementation of the tutorials and hackathon on the ground.   

Hackathon Challenge @ IISc Bangalore

This hackathon aims to imagine new applications that a smart city could offer its citizens, its elected officials or its technical and administrative services in a multi-domain vision based on the oneM2M standard.

In this city, one will have:

  • Smart buildings equipped with sensors for temperature, brightness, presence, sound volume, etc.,
  • Connected buses equipped with geolocation sensors, pollution, movement, temperature, sound volume, etc, one can operate a billboard or interact with other equipment in the city
  • Green space equipped with humidity sensors and pump
  • Public space allowing you to manage parking, household waste, the display of information, pollution data or even public lighting.

A simulation of the smart city will allow the participants to develop their ideas that they can then test on a model reproducing spaces of the city of Bengaluru.

An eminent jury consisting of Estonian Ambassador (Riho Kruuv), industrialists, professionals, local elected representatives and staff of EU Delegation, TSDSI, ETSI and IISc will evaluate the proposals basis the demonstration by the participants on the model of a smart city. A winning team will get a trip to Estonia, jointly supported by the European Union and Estonia, among others to attend the Estonian flagship startup and technology event, Latitude59. Winning Team(s) will also get a direct access to the final jury for the SAP Startup Studio cohort of 2018-19, and thus an opportunity to receive several months of mentoring at the SAP Startup Studio in Bangalore.

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About EU-India ICT Standards Standardization Project: The overall objective of the EU-funded efforts on “India-EU Cooperation on ICT-Related Standardisation, Policy and Legislation” (2015 – 2019) is to promote closer alignment between India and Europe with regard to the production and use of ICT standards and to harmonise the exchange of statistical data, thereby facilitating trade, increasing interoperability and the ease of doing business for companies, and adding additional weight to European and Indian ICT standardisation efforts at the global level. Read More:

EU-India relations: For over 55 years the EU and India have worked together to reduce poverty, prevent disasters, expand trade, and promote joint research in energy, health, agriculture and many other fields of mutual interest. More information at:


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