Sonipat’s Rishihood University is inviting people to participate in its upcoming Tech4Heritage Hackathon and present solutions on how to preserve Indian heritage sites. By Tanvi Jain

Rishihood University of Sonipat in Haryana has announced Tech4Heritage Hackathon’, where it will give participants a chance to come up with solutions for the preservation of Indian heritage sites. The hackathon which is scheduled to be held on September 27, comes with a winning prize of INR 50,000, INR 25,000, and INR 10,000, for first, second and third positions, respectively. 

Culture is a living phenomenon that survives through our Heritage – which is not in a sound condition, with many of them on the verge of extinction. We need to step up and act before it’s too late. We believe we can rejuvenate our Heritage Sites with the help of emerging technologies like Deep Learning, AI, Machine Learning and cutting-edge Image Processing,” Rishihood University mentioned on its official website. 

This hackathon will be held jointly with Sapio Analytics and Internity Foundation, and as per reports, it’s pilot attempt would be to restore the Ajanta caves. 

“This is a great initiative by Rishihood University, Internity Foundation and Sapio Analytics for the much-needed preservation of our rich heritage. I firmly believe our talented youth will come up with the most innovative ideas to preserve our rich cultural legacy for future generations,” it quoted university chancellor and Rajya Sabha MP, Suresh Prabhu as saying. 

As per the website, the hackathon will be conducted in two phases – Phase 1, which is a 15-hour hackathon, will be held on September 27 and 28. In this phase, participants will build a preliminary solutionPhase 2, on the other hand, will go on for 15 days, from September 29 to October 13, and in this, the participants will work towards enhancing and optimising the solution, which will form the stepping stones for the preservation of India’s heritage sites. 

It also said that although the competition is open to all, the nature of the challenge requires experience or knowledge in domains such as Deep learning, Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing 

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