DS Prashant, CEO, FIIRE speaking to the participants at the FIIRE - GSL VHAck 2019
DS Prashant, CEO, FIIRE speaking to the participants at the FIIRE - GSL VHAck 2019

FIIRE - GSL promoted VHAck raises a storm for Startups in AI

ANI | Updated: Mar 27, 2019 17:43 IST

Goa [India], March 27 (ANI/ NewsVoir): The Forum of Innovation Incubation Research and Entrepreneurship (FIIRE) and Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) promoted hackathon event VHAcK raised a storm amongst StartUps in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) space in Goa with over 24 StartUp teams exhibiting their technology solutions.
VHAcK is an initiative of Goa-based technology business incubator FIIRE, catalyzed and supported by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India as part of its inked 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) to identify, nurture, and seed fund StartUps in India with a focus on technology solutions using Artificial Intelligence.
The VHAck involved requirement gathering, mentoring and solution identification. The StartUps pitched for AI enabled chatbox solutions for the Human Resource Department at GSL and also AI enabled automatic text messaging service at GSL for the operations.
“At VHAck, solutions can be provided by market validated matured startups as well as early-stage startups, who will be provided with an opportunity to deploy the solution at GSL and remotely manage the maintenance and support,” said on VHAck, DS Prashant, CEO, FIIRE.
“The idea is to incorporate AI technologies (methods, processes) into shipbuilding. There should be a scalable jump in terms of the process we are following, manufacturing deadline we are currently meeting must be reduced as a result. We want AI technology to help Goa shipyard achieve those targets," said Vikas Ambasta, AGM, IT, GSL.
At VHAck the startups will be judged and selected based on the use of relevant technologies, implementation strategies, a quantum of funds required for BETA testing and gap analysis with the current scenario, expressed Vikas Ambastha - AGM ERP, GSL.
Out of the twenty-four StartUp teams from across India, nine StartUps - Hexcoderz, AIKA Disruptive Pvt. Ltd., Galatea-Tech, Sparkles Tech, Intellis, Kanerika, Octo Internet, Saurabh Kanekar and Fieldnotes.ai made it to the final list of shortlisted StartUp teams.
Four StartUps from the nine shortlisted StartUps will get an opportunity to implement their solutions at GSL.
Under the tenets of the MoU, GSL shall provide the mentoring services with access to laboratory facilities, value added services such as facilities for prototype development and validation of prototypes, linkages with other countries to market the prototypes and limited seed fund to the StartUps.
FIIRE shall provide the infrastructure augmentation, training & coaching, business support, prototyping, corporate connect and outreach events.
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