To inspire budding entrepreneurs the Government of Andhra Pradesh recently organised a first-of-its-kind hackathon programme to rectify problems in the fields of water supply, cyber security and agriculture.

SOCH is a Sunrise Open Challenge Hackathon which includes startups and entrepreneurs from India and Israel along with team of students from both the countries. The hackathon was organised in association with DCF Ventures and Axis Innovation in February at Visakhapatnam and Tel Aviv.

It took place for duration of 30 hours i.e.1 day 6hrs which also included workshops and fun activities for the teams.From India there were 38 teams which comprises of 178 participants. The teams actively took part in the Hackathon and they came in from Karnataka, Maharashtra,Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. The top three students solutions were shortlisted under each category as winners and award prizes worth Rs 50 lakh we’re announced for the same.

Meet Indian Startup Winners

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Second Runner-up

Harsh Choudhary’s Urban Straw won under Agriculture category. Urban Straw is an AI-driven, seed centric data collection solution to abet in marketing, subsidy,insurance, credit, secure farms and farmers. They are affiliating agri-stakeholders under one platform.

First Runner-up

The first runner up position was occupied by Jalsoftner by Vtsrn Systems.They won under Drinking Water Challenge vertical. The startup is trying to solve the problem of access to potable water. It is an electronic water conditioner with activated filter media.


Startup: Headrunners

Headrunners won the title as winners  under Cyber Security category. Headrunners is an intelligent chat box that uses visualisation to identify threats.The application has the ability to send reports and graphs to stakeholders and users. The subscription will range between $1000 and $ 4000 per month for a one-year contract. They are planning to monetise their application as Software as a Service (SaaS) or Data as a Service (DaaS) solution through monthly or yearly subscription.

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Meet Indian Student Team Winners:


This student team is from Andhra Pradesh and they won under the category of  Cyber Security.IIDTians has developed an endpoint security-based, zero trust model which works on detection and isolation of known and unknown malwares with protection against malicious internet traffic from client systems.

Hack O’ holics

A student team from Tamil Nadu won under the drinking water category.They built a device that measures contaminants present in drinking water of local tanks.


Phoenix is another student team from Andhra Pradesh,has made a card that can be swiped (like ATM card) and will produce a passbook. The passbook will be containing information such as previous transactions of buying a subsidy seeds, purchasing fertilisers and crop insurance. To claim the insurance a farmer usually needs four to six months time but the team declares that by using this card they will get the insurance within 3 days.

These startups and student teams ideas were fascinating and they succeeded with flying colors in delivering their plan in front of the judges. It’s an honor to have such innovating ideas in India.These ideas will definitely help India to overcome the problems faced in the field of agriculture,water supply and cyber security.

The Israel Winners:

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In the second phase of SOCH hackathon,Israel startups participated to develop solutions.Winners and high performers were awarded prizes worth $65,000

The winners from Israel include:

Shaul Rom

They built a cloud/internet- based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system which enables modification of Internet of things(IOT) technology with available cloud computing.


It offers non-GM seed treatment that prompts crops to grow well in high salinity soil when irrigated with brackish water.

Dan Brahmy

This startup protects brands and public identities against breach of information, and to avoid financial and reputational damages.

Yuval Rodan

The startup won under water supply  vertical.They are providing disinfection and decontamination of water through water shield technologies.

Noga Bashan

Aims to reduce use of chemical fertilisers by 30-50 percent. This startup won under Agriculture category.

As Israel has long been boosting  as the “startup-nation” that is encouraging the fledgling companies. It will be a golden chance for Indian companies to partner with their Israeli counterparts to establish a mutually beneficial association.

On the other hand “ Innovation has always proven as a CHANGE whether big or small it makes a difference….”

Congratulations to all the winners out there!!!