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Largest ever Online Hackathon in the World -4th edition of Smart India Hackathon 2020 Launched by Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ Virtually

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PM-Modi-address-grand-finale-of-Smart-India-Hackathon-new (1)On August 1, 2020 Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Grand Finale of 4th edition of Smart India Hackathon-SIH (Software) 2020, largest ever online Hackathon in the world and interacted with the participants through video conference. Union Minister for Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurated the Grand Finale virtually in New Delhi. The Grand Finale was conducted online from 1st to 3rd August, 2020 over a specially-built advanced platform.

  • The Hackathon has been organized by the Ministry of Education, Government of India; All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Persistent Systems and i4C.

Gist about SIH 2020

i.More than 10,000 participants participated to solve 243 problem statements from 37 central government departments, 13 state governments and 20 industries.

ii.More than 4.5 lakh students participated in 1st round of SIH 2020

Prize– Each Problem Statement carries a prize money of Rs. 1,00,000 and the student innovation theme will have three winners, 1st, 2nd and 3rd with prize money of Rs. 1,00, 000, Rs. 75,000 and 50,000 respectively.

Themes– Smart Vehicles, Food Processing, Robotics and Drones, Waste Management, Clean Water, Renewable Energy, Security and Surveillance, Miscellaneous Smart Communications, Healthcare and Biomedical device, Agricultural and rural development.

Key People– Minister of State for Education, Sanjay Dhotre; Secretary, Higher Education Amit Khare; Chairman AICTE Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe; Chief Innovation Officer(CIO) of Ministry of Education, Dr Abhay Jere were also present on the occasion.

About SIH

i.The SIH is a nationwide initiative to provide students with a platform to solve some of the complex issues faced in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a product innovation culture and a problem-solving  mindset.

ii.It has proved to be successful in promoting out-of-the-box thinking in young minds.

iii.The first edition of SIH was launched in 2017.

iv.Till now, SIH has developed around 331 prototypes. In addition to this 71 startups are under formation, 19 startups are successfully registered, 39 solutions have already been deployed at various departments and around 64 potential solutions have been funded for further development

Union Minister for Education chaired a high-level meeting on Smart India Hackathon

On July 27, 2020 Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ chaired a high-level meeting on Smart India Hackathon and discussed the achievements of the already conducted hackathons. 

Key People– Secretary of Higher Education; Chairman of AICTE;  Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education , Rakesh Ranjan and CIO of Ministry of Education. 

Recent Related News:

i.Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State (MoS) Electronics & Information Technology, Communications and Human Resource Development launched a 48 hours online hackathon “Hack the Crisis – India” online Hackathon to find working solutions to beat COVID-19.

ii.Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare and minister of Science and Technology launched the Drug Discovery Hackathon (DDH2020) through an online platform. It is a first of its kind national initiative supporting the Drug Discovery Process.

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Chairman, Smart India Hackathon 2020– Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe(Chairman of AICTE)
Chairman, Executive Committee of SIH– Abhay Jere(CIO of Ministry of Education)