Smart India Hackathon 2017: IIT, NIT students to take a shot at the Rs 1 lakh prize money
The Union HRD Ministry headed by Prakash Javadekar is planning to hold a unique ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’ in January-February next year. The initiative is in line with the Modi government’s focus on digital technology.
The Union HRD Ministry headed by Prakash Javadekar is planning to hold a unique ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’ in January-February next year. Students from all technology institutes across the country can participate in the same and brightest minds from IITs, NITs and other institutes will be competing in order to obtain out-of-box tech solutions for problems faced by various union ministries.
About ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’
- Smart India Hackathon 2017 is a pan India 36-hour nonstop digital programming competition
- The participating teams will simultaneously compete from across 33 locations in India to offer digital yet sustainable innovative solutions to solve real time challenges faced by the nation
Rs 1 lakh for the winner!
The HRD ministry has also roped in All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and another body i4c for the event. A reward of Rs 1 lakh will be given to the first prize winner, while there will be lucrative prizes for the second and third position holders. Official sources said, “It would be the world’s largest event. Recently, Higher Education Secretary in the HRD ministry V S Oberoi, had written to his counterpart in other ministries asking them to assign officers to identify around 30 problem statements which are of relevance to them so that they can be put to the contestants.”A senior official said, ”The aim of this initiative is to harness the creativity and technical expertise of young minds studying in technology institutes to think out of the box and come up with innovative and disruptive tech solutions for some of the daunting problems faced by our nation.” The initiative is in line with the Modi government’s focus on digital technology and involving youngsters in tackling challenges being faced by the country, sources added.