A team of five engineering graduates from VNIT has won the prestigious “Toycathon 2021” held by the Government of India.


A team of five engineering graduates from VNIT has won the prestigious Toycathon 2021 held by the Government of India. These students prepared a game in which any player would become the Prime minister of India of a particular period post-independence and the goal of the game was to survive the term by making right political decisions. The team was among the top 117 teams from 2500+ selected for the final round held between June 22 and 24 ,2021. The journey to the top started on February 15, 2021, for the B.Tech students Atul Krishna, Raj Bhise, Amey Shinde , Archis Bhodke and Pratmesh Mahangude when they came to know about the competition. The finale consisted of two mentoring sessions followed by evaluation rounds in the evening for every finalist team which took place on 22nd June and 23rd June. After the filtration of teams post the evaluation round, a power judging round took place on 24th June.
In this round, the team explained the relevance of their application, its scalability, technologies involved, prototype demonstration and future plans within a timeline of 10 minutes. Participating in the Out of the box category of the digital edition of Toycathon 2021 their game was designed in such a way so as to help children with hyperactive tendencies to improve their condition and at the same time help UPSC aspirants to understand the phases of democracy that took place post-independence in India. The team was mentored by Dr. Y M Deshpande who shared their confidence and helped in with fruitful suggestions and recommendations.