Smart India Hackathon launched
New Delhi: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today inaugurated the world’s largest digital national building initiative “Smart India Hackathon 2017” by handing over a torch to technology students.
Through Smart India Hackathon 2017, HRD ministry is keen on reaching out to all technology institutions in India and challenge students to offer innovative solutions to some of the daunting problems faced by the nation.
Javadekar unveiled the first set of 250 problem statements received from various ministries that the students will be required to solve during the Hackathon that will take place in early 2017. The Hackathon will have nearly 500 problem statements in all which will be published on https://innovate.mygov.in/.
Javadekar said, "India’s technology talent has made its mark on the world map and has produced innovative solutions for solving complex problems. Not only are we inviting India’s top IITs and NITs but also the technology institutes in the remotest parts of the country to participate in the Smart India Hackathon."
He expressed confidence that students will certainly come out with solutions to the problem statements. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), University Grants Commission (UGC), i4c, MyGov, NASSCOM, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhiniand Persistent Systems have joined hands to organize ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’ under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development.
AICTE and i4c in collaboration with other partners will reach out to 6500+ technology institutions and challenge students to think out-of-the-box. Students will stand to win cash prizes from each participating ministry, and also a chance to be part of the NASSCOM’s 10,000 Startups Programme.
The 'Smart India Hackathon 2017' 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.