What Is Swachhathon 1.0?
Swachhathon 1.0 – Swachhata Hackathon is an attempt to crowd source solutions for some of the pressing problems faced by the country in Sanitation and Hygiene. MoDWS invites students from schools and colleges, professionals, organizations, startups and others to come up with exciting, innovative, novel and viable solutions in the categories mentioned below:
- Monitoring usage of toilets: Usage of toilets is the key goal of the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin. Toilet usage is presently measured on a sample basis through household surveys. There is however no technological solution available to directly measure usage of toilets. The ability to easily measure usage of toilets would allow the Swachh Bharat Mission to take immediate and responsive steps to promote usage.
- Behaviour Change: Behaviour change is fundamental to the Swachh Bharat Mission. Several inter-personal techniques through community approaches to sanitation are being used across the country to trigger behaviour change. But old habits die hard and behaviour change takes time. Some people continue to defecate in the open even after having a household toilet.
- Toilet technology: The Swachh Bharat Mission wants to promote affordable, sustainable and environmentally friendly toilet technologies across the nation. However, in certain parts of the country, these available technologies have not been successful in being robust and cost-effective. This is especially true for areas which are flood-prone, areas which have a hard rock surface, and areas which are remote and poorly connected with transportation infrastructure.
- Operation and maintenance of school toilets: All government schools in India have been provided with toilets under the Swachh Vidyalaya initiative. However,due to the lack of human and monetary resources across many schools, continuous maintenance of these toilets is challenging. There are also other problems in certain areas like lack of adequate water.
- Technological solutions for safe disposal of menstrual waste: With increase in education and awareness levels around Menstrual Health and Hygiene, more and more women and adolescent girls in the country are switching to safe sanitary options to manage their menstrual cycles. However, there is still no formal waste management system of sanitary waste. Often these are disposed off in fields, water bodies, flushed in toilets or dumped along with the regular solid waste.
- Early decomposition of fecal matter: In large parts of rural India, on-site drainage is preferable over networked drainage owing to the ease of implementation and cost-effectiveness. Any solution which helps decompose faecal matter quickly will enable easy and safe emptying of the toilet pit/septic tank. This will reduce the turn-around time for re-use of the pit/septic tank and will lead to sustained use of the toilets.
- The hackathon is an open for all (including international entries).
- Entries can be submitted by individuals/ group of individuals/organizations including start-ups. A team can consist of maximum 10 participants.
- Participation is open for all age groups.
- Opening of Portal for registration – August 1, 2017
- Last date of Submission – August 25, 2017
- Demonstrations – September 7, 2017
- Grand finale – September 8,2017