Union Government launches digital initiative Smart India Hackathon 2017

Nov 11, 2016 13:03 IST

Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on 10 November 2016 inaugurated Smart India Hackathon 2017, world’s largest digital national building initiative.

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The Government also unveiled the first set of 250 problem statements that the students will be required to solve during the Hackathon that will take place in early 2017.

Smart India Hackathon 2017 is aimed at reaching out to all technology institutions in India and challenge students to offer innovative solutions to the daunting problems faced by our nation.  

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), University Grants Commission (UGC), i4c, MyGov, NASSCOM, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhiniand Persistent Systems will organize the initiative under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development.  

Highlights of the Smart India Hackathon 2017
• The Hackathon will have nearly 500 problem statements in all which will be published on innovate.mygov.in.
• It is a pan-India 36-hour nonstop digital programming competition which will take place in more than 20 centres simultaneously.
• Each participating college can nominate up to three teams, each having six team members, which can belong to different courses or semesters within the same college.
• Each team will need to have at least one female team member, to encourage women coders.
• Each team will also have the option of choosing up to two mentors, who can be faculty, alumni or any other expert in their circles.
• Each of the participating 25 ministries and government departments will give away prizes to top three teams, so 75 teams will stand a chance to win cash rewards as well as a chance to work with those ministries and departments for up to six months to execute their winning solution.
• For every ministry and department, the first prize will be of 100000 rupees, second prize of 75000 rupees and third prize of 50000 rupees.
• Some of the ministries and departments participating in the Hackathon include Railways, External Affairs, Defence, Civil Aviation, Indian Space Research Organization, Department of Atomic Energy, etc.
• It will aim to find digital solutions to problems in the areas of power, education, health, water, finance, agriculture, energy, urban & rural development, aviation, transport, sanitation, sports, law & justice, etc.
• It will help institutionalize a model for harnessing the creativity and skills of youth for nation-building.
•It will harness creativity & technical expertise of over 30 lakh students from technology institutes in remotest parts of India to help build a way-out for Startup India, Standup India campaign.
• Students will also win cash prizes from each participating ministry and will get a chance to be part of the NASSCOM’s 10000 Startups Program.


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