Manipal students bag global Covid – 19 challenge prize

MANIPAL: Students of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) emerged winners in the Covid-19 challenge: India Turning the Tide, conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. The competition consisted of 10 tracks from A to J, where the students from MIT won track H: Providing mental health support Resources. The event took place from August 28 to 30; a virtual 48-hour event.

The winning team called CrossLives, comprised Ananya Thapliyal (IT) backend developer, Dhruva P Bhat (EEE) AI Developer, Dwitrisha Saha (IT) frontend developer, Meghana Rao (EEE) backend developer, Pratyaksh Gupta (EEE) IOT developer, Simran Saluja (IT) frontend developer and Vishesh Ghorawat (EEE) as the App developer.

The students bagged the award for their solution on an intelligent ubiquitous cross-communication platform. The winning team will be receiving a cash prize of USD 500 along with support and resources to bring their idea to life, thus allowing a chance to provide additional resources during this trying period. CrossLives is going to be an intelligent ubiquitous cross-communication platform, providing better mental health support by removing the language barrier in telehealth.

Pratyaksh Gupta said, that the team is thrilled on being selected as one of the winners

Dr. Srikanth Rao, Director, MIT, MAHE said, “We are delighted to see our young sophomores bring out the best of innovative ideas and win this prestigious global competition. We hope the idea gets implemented to help everyone around us, as it is a testing time with a need for innovation. We encourage our students to continue cultivating and nurturing such innovative ideas, making their learning experiences more knowledgeable with the right kind of exposure. This helps their minds to be creative, curious, agile and resilient,” he added.

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