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Online hackathon


What’s in news?

A low-cost ventilator prototype JEEVAN has been developed by the Indian Railways.

Key data’s:

  • Developed by: This low cost ventilator was manufactured by the Indian Railways’ Rail Coach Factory (RCF) in Kapurthala, Punjab – and they owns the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of the ventilators.
  • Designed by: It has a microprocessor-based controller and the circuit has been designed by the RCF team – the team that produces German-design linke Hoffman coaches.
  • Prototype: The new prototype is awaiting for ICMR clearance to go into production – after the approval, 100 units of ventilators per day can be produced. Actual requirement of ventilators in the current scenario is 110,000-220,000 ventilators but the available number is 57,000.
  • Cost: Without a compressor, the machine cost of about Rs 10,000 – a fraction of what regular ventilators cost.
  • The heart of the device is the compressed air container to work the Ambu bag with air without any moving parts like servo motor or piston or link mechanism.
  • Needed components: It requires two parts namely a regulator valve and a microprocessor – RCF used emergency transit services to get the two components by road and train during the lockdown.



What’s in news?

‘Hack the Crisis – India’ was launched to find solution for ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Key data’s:

  • Launched by: This online Hackathon has been launched by Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State Human Resource Development and IT.
  • Purpose: This Hackathon has been launched to find working solutions for overcoming COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Organised by: This was organized by ‘Hack A Cause – India’ and ‘FICCI Ladies Organization Pune’, as part of global initiative.
  • Supported by: Inorder to strengthen fight against COVID-19, this online Hackathon was supported by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • Included participants: This includes over 2,000 teams and over 15,000 participants will be enhancing their working prototypes in 48 hour hackathon. The winning ideas will be implemented as a solutions to the corona crisis.
  • In future: Top teams from India will participate in ‘Hack the Crisis – World’ global hackathon in upcoming days.

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