Shri Prakash Javadekar, Union Human Resource Development Minister, inaugurated the world’s largest digital national building initiative “Smart India Hackathon 2017” on November 9, 2016, by handing over a torch to technology students over the country.
- Smart India Hackathon 2017, will enable the HRD ministry to reach out to all technology institutions in India and challenge students to work out innovative solutions to some of the difficult problems faced by the nation.
- 25 different ministries and government departments have come together for supporting this massive initiative. 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.
- The HRD minister announced the first set of 250 problem statements that was received from various ministries. The students will be required to solve these problem statements during the Hackathon that will take place in early 2017.
- Some of the problem statements include developing a dynamic HealthMap that can tap into online data sources to ensure rapid response to disease outbreaks such as H1N1, dengue and chikungunya through faster information flow between public health systems. The full list of problem statements is available online on Smart Hackathon 2017 website.
- The Hackathon will have nearly 500 problem statements in all which will be published on http://mygov.in.
‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’
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.
- The Smart India Hackathon 2017 will focus on finding digital solutions to problems in the areas concerning: power, education, health, water, finance, agriculture, energy, urban & rural development, aviation & shipping, transport, sanitation, sports, law & justice, skill development & entrepreneurship, defence, textiles, tourism, etc. This initiative will help in harnessing the creativity and skills among youth for nation-building.
- Each participating college can nominate up to three teams, with six team members. The members may belong to different courses or semesters but within the same college. Each team will need to have at least one female team member, to encourage women participation.
- Each team will also have the choice 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 Rs.100,000, second prize of Rs.75,000 and third prize of Rs.50,000.
Supporting Partners :
- All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), University Grants Commission (UGC), i4c, MyGov, NASSCOM, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini and Persistent Systems have come together to organize the massive ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’ under the sponsorship of Ministry of Human Resource Development. All these partners will connect to about 6500+ technology institutions and challenge the innovative thinking of the students. Students will stand a chance to win cash prizes from each participating ministry, and also be part of the NASSCOM’s 10,000 Startups Program
- ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’ will harness creativity & technical expertise of over 30 lakh students from not only top IITs and NITs but also from the remotest parts of the country.