Hyderabad, September 14, 2017: Hyderabad firm Pangaea TradeTeam Private Limited bags the first prize in Swachhathon 1.0, the first ever Swachh Bharat Hackathon organized by the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Govt of India for their patented Swedish Technology, “Aquatron®.”
Disclosing this while addressing a press conference here in the city today Pradeep Mocherla and his wife Raita Mocherla from Finland, both the directors of the company said Aquatron® bagged the first prize in the category "“Early decomposition of fecal matter” among 229 contenders for this category alone from across the world.
The winners of the Swachhathon were presented awards by the Ministers of State, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, SS Ahluwalia and Ramesh Jigajinagion 8th September in Delhi.
We are honoured to have been chosen for the first prize competing with so many contenders across the globe, and we are committed to the cause of Swachh Bharat and Green Earth informed Pradeep and Raita.
Pangaea TradeTeam Pvt. Ltd is the exclusive India representative for Aquatron®, a patented Swedish Technology, they informed.
Swachhathon 1.0, the first ever Swachh Bharat Hackathon, was organized by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to crowd source solutions to some of the Sanitation and Hygiene challenges faced in various parts of the country. The Ministry invited innovators from schools and colleges, institutions, start-ups and others to come up with exciting, innovative, novel and viable solutions to the following six challenging categories which include: 01. Monitoring usage of toilets, 02. Triggering behaviour change, 03. Toilet Technologies in Difficult terrains, 04. Working solutions for maintenance and operations of school toilets., 05. Technological solutions for safe disposal of menstrual waste and 06. Solution for early decomposition of faecal matter
The hackathon was open for all (including international entries) and was hosted on the innovate.mygov.in portal.
The Hackathon received a massive response from across the world, with 3053 entries received overall with 633 entries in triggering behaviour change, 229 in early decomposition of faecal matter, 750 in monitoring usage of toilets, 552 in maintenance and operations of school toilets, 405 in Technological solutions for safe disposal of menstrual waste and 484 in Toilet Technologies in Difficult terrains categories.
The selected finalists gave a short presentation showcasing their prototype/ strategy before a jury consisting of stalwarts and experts from the Sanitation sector. The Grand Jury for the final comprised of SmtNaina Lal Kidwai, Shri Bindeshwar Pathak, and the Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri ParameswaranIyer. The evaluation was based on an evaluation framework designed by the Ministry that took into account the originality of the solution, utility, cost-effectiveness, ease of maintenance, sustainability, scalability, and environment-friendliness.