The World’s Largest nation-Building Digital Initiative

  • Union    HRD Minister  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,

About Smart India Hackathon 2017

  • All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), University Grants Commission (UGC), i4c, MyGov, NASSCOM, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhiniand Persistent Systems have joined hands to organize this ambitious ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’ under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development.  ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’ will harness creativity & technical expertise of over 30 lakh students from technology institutes in remotest parts of India, to spark several institute-level hackathons countrywide and help build a funnel for ‘Startup India, Standup India’ campaign.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Aim of The Smart India Hackathon 2017:

  • The Smart India Hackathon 2017 will aim to find digital solutions to problems in the areas of power, education, health, water, finance, agriculture, energy, urban & rural development, aviation & shipping, transport, sanitation, sports, law & justice, skill development & entrepreneurship, defence, textiles, tourism, etc.
  • The initiative will help institutionalize a model for harnessing the creativity and skills of youth for nation-building.
  • Some of the problem statements made public today 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.

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