Event Title
Shaastra 2017
Type of Event
Event Date
31st December 2016 - 3rd January 2017
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Important Dates

Event Details
The registration fees is Rs. 1000 per participant.

Case Study Competition: The Case Study Competition aims to bring to focus the obstacles with regard to Accessibility in India. Participants will get the opportunity to work on problem statements provided by professional organizations tailored from real-life challenges faced by them. Participants will be required to work in groups with students from different backgrounds. The objective is to analyze the problem, discuss existent models, and present a workable solution.

Social Enterprise Competition: This event is targeted towards students interested in entrepreneurship in the social sector. It will be a chance for innovative individuals to devise a business model intended to improve accessibility in terms of technology, service delivery, legal aid and find methods to implement it making it profitable and practical.

Central Panel Discussion: A panel comprised of professionals, experts in their respective fields such as Policy, NGOs, Engineering, , working in different ways to make the country more accessible, the discussion will bring to light the world standards for inclusivity and how India can match up to them.

Lectures and Workshops: Participants will be exposed to different aspects of the theme of Accessibility through lectures covering topics of policy development and assistive technology. The participants will also take part in a Sensitization workshop to break the social stigma against disability and provide in depth understanding of the topic of inclusion and accessibility. They will also take part in a Web accessibility workshop to understand accessibility of Information technology.

Hackathon for the Visually Impaired: Vision-Aid and Shaastra are training visually impaired students to code. Together, we are running a 3 month course on basic programming in Python. With a dedicated team of highly trained faculty and volunteers from all over the world being a part of this, the course is taught online. The program participants will then come to Shaastra and take part in the Hackathon for the Visually Impaired. We are also conducting a programming workshop for the students of Devnar school for the Blind in December to teach the fundamentals of coding.