Chandigarh University students shine as Champions at Techacks hackathon

Chandigarh University students shine as Champions at ‘Techacks 4.0’ hackathon; clinch ‘Best Hardware Track’ award and a Rs 10,000 cash prize

CU students Aman and Karan emerge winners of ‘Techacks 4.0’ for developing innovative RISC-V Core and Computer Vision Model


In a remarkable display of skill and innovation, two Chandigarh University (CU) students of Electronics and Communications have secured the championship title at the prestigious ‘Techacks 4.0’ – a 36-hour in-person hackathon. The students have been awarded with the ‘Best Hardware Track’ award along with a substantial cash prize of Rs 10,000.

Tech Hacks 4.0

During the hackathon, CU students – Aman Kumar Singh and Karan Gajanan Mali – showcased their expertise by creating a Single Cycle 32-bit reduced integer instruction set based RISC-V core. For adding novelty to the design, they incorporated a computer vision ML model (CNN) using the opensource library hls4ml, which would be interfaced with the CPU core for edge computing applications.

As many as 300 students from 80 teams participated in the hackathon aimed at fostering collaboration, contribution, and empowerment among the students. The initial awareness of this competition came through a social media post. 

Notably, both Aman and Karan are third-year students of BE in Electronics and Communications at Chandigarh University. Aman belongs to a family of four from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. Meanwhile, Karan who hails from Jalgaon in Maharashtra, enjoys a 50% scholarship on academic fee based on his previous academic achievements.