Kolkata: The nation-wide hackathon contest ‘Bengalathon 2018’, organised by the state Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department to showcase the innovative skills of technology enthusiasts at the national and international arena has evoked tremendous response.More than 1,500 teams across seven states competed amongst each other to provide innovative solutions to real life challenges using emerging technologies. Some of the key problem statements were based on financial fraud, riot prediction, toto on call, predictive claim analysis etc. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe best performers were recognised and prizes were handed over for first, second, joint third and jury’s choice at the Bengal Global Business Summit on Friday. The first prize went to BP Poddar Institute of Management and Technology for their solution on Riot Prediction, the second prize was bagged by a solution on Student Record Keeping where one Rohit Gupta and his team participated as an individual group. The joint third prize went to Arup Sengupta and his team from TCS for their solution on Toto on call and to Shubhraj Singh and his team from University of Technology, Burdwan University, for their solution on Private car sharing. The jury special was given for solution on Toto on call by Hozaifa Wahid and his team from RCC Institute of Information Technology. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that Bengalathon 2018 was launched by the then IT minister Bratya Basu in July last year. “Our government is taking all possible measures to position Bengal as the best in embracing emerging technologies and its use in real life challenges. The next generation needs encouragement which will give them the impetus to produce their best. The posts in their profiles of social networking sites suggested that they were thrilled to receive the recognition from the venue of the summit that was attended by so many foreign delegates and industry captains all over the world,” a senior official of the IT department said. The state IT department will now try to extend assistance to those who have come out with such solutions so that they can commercialise their ventures.