S. P. Mandali's Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool), India's leading B-School collaborates as an academic partner with NASA International Space Apps Challenge, for conducting the online the national level hackathon for Maharashtra and Karnataka in the first week of October.  The inaugural was virtually host by WeSchool for over 800 participants and respective institutes from Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Telangana.

In the 9th edition, the international hackathon invited participants such as coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others in cities across the globe. The participating teams engaged with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. (Source: https://www.spaceappschallenge.org)

Two groups from WeSchool were shortlisted in the national top ten.  These groups will get a chance to visit the ISRO post-pandemic.

WeSchool's Team 'The Clifton' led by Shreya Palande, PGDM, Batch 2019-21, under the theme 'Sustaining the planet for future generations', proposed a web portal with a gamification approach to sensitize the impact of climate change on the user's immediate surroundings.

Another team 'Game Changers' led by Saaransh Malik, PGDM Healthcare, Batch 2019-21, WeSchool under the theme – "Invent your own challenge" suggested a senior citizen-friendly mobile digital platforms offering toll-free number, website, and a mobile application for order and delivery of essential services to senior citizens residing alone and are facing challenges during this pandemic.

Prof Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, S.P. Mandali's WeSchool addressing the participants, said "Emerging technology is not only an enabler but a game-changer. WeSchool is delighted to host the NASA International Space Apps Challenge which invites - tech and non-tech students to create, inform, connect, and inspire others to make a difference. Through this open innovation platform, WeSchool aims to advocate technology-related hackathons among the student community to promote innovative use of data to solve real-time problems on earth and in space. The learning outcome of this initiative will drive functional knowledge enhancing their competencies. We believe in WE and we believe in sharing platforms for co-creation. WeSchool aims at creating job creators. If one gets into the creative mindset, one can co-produce a sustainable future."

Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge 2020, had over 20,000 participants from India in the pre-qualifier round and 100 groups (each group of 4-6 participants) contested in the national level hackathon from across different states in India.

About S. P. Mandali's Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool): Established in 1977, S. P. Mandali's Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, also known as WeSchool is a part of the prestigious      S. P. Mandali, Pune. Keeping design and innovation at it’s' core, the institute endeavors to provide newer avenues to students towards achieving excellence in all spheres of life and nurture them to become Global Citizen Leaders.

The B-School constantly endeavors to create an eco-system for management education best suited to meet the needs of growing professionals. Pioneering a customized approach in management education, WeSchool is shaping corporate managers with insights in modern-day retail, healthcare, e-commerce, BFSI, media through full-time Two year PGDM programs in Business Analytics and Research, Business Design, E-Commerce, Media and Entertainment, Rural, Retail and Healthcare Management. It also offers MMS (Master in Management Studies), a 2-year full-time Master's Degree course offering specialization in Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management, and Operations.

Besides being been ranked among the top Private B-Schools, India by NHRDN ( National HRD Network ) B-School Ranking; it has also been ranked among the top 100 B-Schools as per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) conducted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

WeSchool's' philosophy is about using the collective wisdom of "WE" to nurture insightful thinking and inspire action-based leadership.

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