The much awaited finale of Smart India Hackathon 2017, under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will be held on April 1 and 2, 2017 simultaneously at 26 different nodal centers across India.
Launched on Nov 9, 2016 in New Delhi, Smart India Hackathon 2017 harnesses creativity and expertise of students, builds funnel for ‘Startup India, Standup India’ campaign, crowd sources solutions for improving governance and quality of life, and provides opportunity to citizens to provide innovative solutions to India’s daunting problems.
“The idea of having Hackathon is that the students across the country have the opportunity to contribute their creativity to solve some of the country problem and outcome of this exercise will probably help us to actually come up with innovative solutions of many issues which we face in India today,”said MeitY Secretary, Aruna Sundararajan.
Since Hackathon as a concept is new to India, AICTE arranged 26 awareness workshops across India to sensitise students about this hackathon.
These workshops helped connect students with problems of our nation.
Out of the 7531 idea submissions received for the 598 problems posted by 29 govt. department, 1266 ideas have been shortlisted for the ‘Grand Finale’ on April 1 & 2, 2017, during which these teams will work nonstop for 36 hours to build products based on their ideas across 26 locations in India.
For the first time, 10,000+ youngsters (6 students and 2 mentors per team) will work non-stop for 36 hours to develop products for our nation.
To ensure the success of Smart India Hackathon 2017, multiple online training sessions have been organized in hope of training 30,000+ students.