Manipal – Biotechnology Hackathon showcases talents

 Manipal – Biotechnology Hackathon showcases talents
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Manipal, July 27, 2021: ‘Manipal Biotech Hackathon-2021,’ a five-day virtual event was held from July 16 to 21.

The program was organized by the Government of Karnataka Bioincubator, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS), and BIRAC, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), in association with Manipal School of Life Sciences.

The Hackathon was conducted to promote student innovations, encourage critical thinking essential to address the most critical needs of society, and promote novel technology development and startup creation. 

This Hackathon was open for undergraduate, post-graduate, and Doctoral studies students.

The Hackathon was conducted through virtual mode along with a series of information for entrepreneurs. In addition, individualized mentoring was also provided by the organizers.

A total of 55 teams participated from different institutes across India, to explore various unsolved problems of the society, and 48 teams presented before the jury on July 23.

In his remark, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) M. D. Venkatesh, Vice-Chancellor MAHE, urged the youth to identify and solve societal needs through biotechnological solutions.  He also lauded the Bioincubator for undertaking this exercise to promote entrepreneurship.  

The results were announced by Lt. Gen. (Dr.) M. D. Venkatesh, during the Award Ceremony in presence of Dr. K Satyamoorthy, Director Manipal School of Life Sciences, and Dr. Manesh Thomas, CEO, M-GoK Bioincubator.

The team comprising Anjali Warrier, Apoorva Jnana, and Chandini Sachdeva of Manipal School of Life Sciences, won the first prize for their concept of Bioluminescence based non-invasive monitoring of diabetes.
Veena Lohiya, Babhitha Balaji, and Dickson Paschal from Jain Deemed University won the second prize for their concept of a rapid diagnostic kit for the detection of coffee diseases.
The third Prize was bagged by two teams working on the aptamer Based Biosensor for the detection of food toxicants from MAHE Manipal and Basaveshwar Engineering College (A), Bagalkot for their innovative concept of environmental recycling.

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