ISGF Competitions

ISGF in partnership with govt. organizations, electricity distribution utilities, and academic institutions has conducted various competitions and innovation challenges and some of them were part of the India Smart Utility Week, an international conference focusing on smart utilities, innovative technologies, electric vehicle, energy storage etc. In all the ISGF Competitions, a shortlisting and screening criteria and a technology verification process is designed and an expert panel is formed for developing the scope of work for the challenges and selection of the wining proposal.

Following is the list of Competitions conducted by ISGF:

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First ISGF Competitions | March 2016

As a part of ISGW, ISGF along with Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, hosts three competitions: Appathon, Innothon and Hackathon. These competitions are aimed to engage Students, Professionals, Researchers, Utilities, Industry and Technology Enthusiasts to develop innovative solutions for smart city, smart grid challenges. The first edition of ISGW Competitions was held in March 2016, and had 156 participants from 34 colleges and organizations. 47 smart ideas and solutions were generated through 7118 hours of efforts spent over 2 days. INR 6.25 Lakhs cash prizes were distributed to 9 winning teams along with 12 consolation prizes serving as encouragement for their innovative contributions.

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Innothon | 11 – 13 March 2016

The electric grid is on the threshold of a paradigm shift – after 100 years of focus on centralized power generation and creation of massive electric grids that span the globe, the shift is now towards de-centralized generation. In the past 5 years, the picture of the grid has changed dramatically in many geographies. With the increasing share of generation resources being added at the distribution end, the traditional boundaries between generation, transmission and distribution are fast disappearing. With consumers becoming 'prosumers', the grid that is built for one-way flow of electricity is now experiencing bi-directional flow of electrons, revenue and data. Large fleets of Electric Vehicles that will soon be able to aggregate as virtual power plants which could support short-term supply-demand, balancing will make the grid even more dynamic and complex. For many such applications, cross cutting issues such as communications, cyber security, data analytics, business models, policies and regulations will be of high importance. India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) in association with Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) conducted an INNO-THON as part of India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) 2016 for inviting innovative ideas that could transform the power sector. More than 100 Students, Researchers, Utilities and Technology Enthusiasts participated in the event. Challenge was to showcase an innovative and ground- breaking concept via a hardware model, concept note, a software tool etc. Prize: Winner got an award of INR 1,00,000 and Certificate for Championing the Event. First and Second-runners-up received attractive cash prizes and all participants received Certificate of Participation.

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Hackathon | 16 – 17 March 2016

Protection of the critical infrastructure is the primary objective of any nation and the power sector assumes top priority as all other sectors depend directly and indirectly on the power sector. With the convergence of electrical technologies, information technologies and operational technologies in a smart grid, security of Control Systems has become extremely important. Since physical assets are associated with the cyber space of a utility, cyber – physical security completely defines the security paradigm of a utility. This dependency of the physical assets on the cyber assets (and vice versa), is prompting electric utilities to build resiliency and robustness into their grids. Gone are those days when few were interested in hacking electric grids. Today knowledge about Industrial Control Systems (ICS) is widely distributed and many attacks have been launched on ICS. India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) in partnership with National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Center (NCIIPC) and Veer mata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) conducted a HACKATHON as part of India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) 2016. More than 50 Students, Researchers, Utilities and Technology Enthusiasts participated in the event. Challenge was to Capture the Flag (CTF) which involved participants to hack into a SCADA system, toggle a switch and exit the system. Prize: Winner got an award of INR 2,00,000 and Certificate for Championing the Event. First and Second- runners-up received attractive cash prizes while all participants received Certificate of Participation.

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Appathon | 11 – 13 March 2016

With more and more Information Technology being infused in the electricity grid, the reliance on software applications for seamless operation of the power sector is ever-increasing. Utilities and customers are becoming more inclined towards using smart phone apps and hence remain always connected to the events. ISGF in association with Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) conducted an APP-ATHON as part of India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) 2016 for developing innovative Apps for Smart Grid and Smart City applications. More than 50 Students, Researchers, Utilities and Technology Enthusiasts participated in the event. Challenge was to create a Smart Phone App that will be useful for electric, water and gas utilities and their customers, smart city administration, transport, security, health, sanitation, education etc. Prize: Winner got an award of INR 1,00,000 and Certificate for Championing the Event. First and Second- runners-up received attractive cash prizes while all participants received Certificate of Participation.

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Second ISGF Competitions | March 2017

The second edition of India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) Competitions 2017 was hosted at the Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT) and received an overwhelming response from educational bodies and corporate groups across the nation. India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), alongside Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) and VJTI Mumbai facilitated the competition which included an Appathon, Innothon and Hackathon in New Delhi. These competitions are aimed to engage Students, Professionals, Researchers, Utilities, Industry and Technology Enthusiasts to develop innovative solutions for smart city, smart grid challenges. In the second edition of competitions more than 200 innovative minds from over 40 organizations across India and from education institutions like PEC University of Technology, VJTI, NSIT, Xavier Institute of Management, BITS Pilani, UPES, IIIT Delhi, DTU, UCMS (Nepal) and many more. The organizations which participated include Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, Southco Utility, Team Sodevan, ABB GISPL, Microsoft, Bechtel India and many more. This time surprisingly the participation also came from a few school students demonstrating the enthusiasm of young aspirants to contribute towards the development of our nation. Prize money of more than 11.5 lakhs was distributed to the winning teams.

During second edition, The inaugural session was followed by carrying out competitions. The assessment of every candidate subjected to Smart Grid and Smart Cities permitting creative personalities to ideate, create and execute their models during the non-stop 48 hours competition. The competitions were then evaluated by a set of expert jury members and the winner teams were decided. Following are the parameters basis on which participants were expected to compete:

2.1

Innothon | 20 – 22 January 2017

To showcase an innovative and ground-breaking concept via a concept note, an electronic-hardware/ embedded -hardware prototype with suitable software tool. The first position in the Innothon was bagged by a team of students from four different institutes - Chennai namely RNK Engineering College, Sastra University, SRM University and Sri Sairam Institute of Technology. They designed models on Industrial Internet of Things and Virtual Reality to scan inner sectional view of the products, improve field services and maintenance digitally; and monitor Power Grids for cyber threats in real-time. These teams won a prize of INR 1 Lakh each for their respective models/projects.

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Hackathon | 21 – 22 January, 2017

To ‘Capture the Flag (CTF)’ which involves participants to hack into a SCADA system, toggle a switch and exit the system. The Winners of Hackathon Competition, students from IIT Delhi, were awarded 2nd Prize since they were able to reach up to 2nd level of hacking the SCADA system and won prize money of INR 1 lakh.

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Appathon | 20 – 22 January 2017

To create a smart phone App that will be useful for electric, water and gas utilities and their customers, smart city administration, transport, security, health, sanitation, education etc. The Appathon was won by the enthusiastic team of students from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Mumbai. The team won a prize of INR 1 Lakh each for their project.

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Global Competition for Design of Memento/Trophy/Plaque for ISGF Awards | October 2016

ISGF constituted ISGF Innovation Awards in the year 2016-2017 with aim to recognize the Innovation and to celebrate organizations (utilities and technology companies), projects, products and personalities that have set a new benchmark in Electricity, Gas and Water Sectors. Till year 2020 ISGF had identified and recognized more than 166+ such organizations/ individuals.  The Global Competition for Design of Memento/Trophy/Plaque was conducted in the month of October 2016 to get an exclusively designed Trophy for ISGF Innovation Award Winners. The Competition received huge response from the designers globally and after various levels of judgement the winner of the competition was a freelancer designer called Ms. Renuka Ravi from Kerala, India.

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