Students from the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) has found a way to use water hyacinth as a smokeless means of cooking fuel for the villagers. The SUST team had to find the solution of ‘biomass gas stove implementation’ that was given by the competition authority and they have solved the problem in such a creative way.
This wasn’t the only mind blowing solutions, students from other engineering universities have also found some creative solutions to a set of 7 different given problems that the country is currently facing. The students had to find the solutions within an unceasing 36 hour session at the ‘Power and Energy Hackathon-2017’ held at the international convention city of Bashundhara situated at the capital. The winners of the competition got awarded on Thursday and the government ensured the winners that there would be a fund for patronizing such creative developers.
The 7 problems that the students have to find the solutions of are: ensure effective fuel and electricity to households, apply marine energy, energy and power crisis in industries, biomass gas stove implementation, materializing smart grid technology, green and renewable energy solution and ensuring inexpensive electricity connection.
Total 150 teams out of 390 were selected for participating in this 36 hours round and they had to find a sustainable solution to their respective given problems and at the same time they had to make a prototype of the solutions. 40 judges conducted the final judgment and selected top 3 teams namely 3 innovative ideas in each sector making a total of 21 top ideas.
Top 21 teams from 7 different categories were awarded at the program. The first prize for each category was worth Taka 50,000 and the state minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid himself handed over all the prizes to the winners. He said, a fund will be developed soon to patronize such creative developers. He also added that, this kind of hackathon would be arranged on the other 7 divisions soon. The government will be working on to commercialize the prototypes that were developed at the hackathon.
Among others, energy secretary Nazim Uddin Chaudhury, Chairman of Energy Research Center Anwarul Islam Shikder, Powercell director general Mohammad Hossain, Bangladesh Independent Power producer Association president Latif Khan and Secretary Abdul Halim were present at the occasion.