The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will address the
students participating in Smart India
Hackathon 2017 tomorrow
i.e. 1st April at
10 p.m through video conferencing.
The Smart India Hackathon is intended for promoting innovation,
out-of-the-box thinking in young minds, especially engineering students.
It is focused on the problems of social importance as identified by 29
Ministries/Departments of Govt of India.
It is worth mentioning that the
starting point of the Smart India hackathon is the Digital
India, Start up India and Make
in India campaigns, which
need skilled and innovative workforce. With
more than 10,000 programmers participating, this would be largest
Hackathon anywhere in the world.
The Grand Finale of Smart India
Hackathon will start
at 8 a.m. on 1st April
and would end at 8 p.m. on 2nd April in
26 different locations in the Country with each location handheld by one
department/Ministry of Govt of India. For
the preparations of the finale, online
trainings were given to students by
approximately 2110 mentors
appointed to guide the students. During
the Finale, the selected groups will sit locked in for 36 hours
continuously from 8 am on April 1, 2017 till 8 pm on April 2, 2017 and
complete digital solutions for the problem statements through
programming to create computer software or a mobile app. The software so
created is evaluated by judges drawn from the respective ministry and
industry experts and the best solutions will be awarded @ Rs. 1 lakh, Rs.
75,000 and Rs. 50,000 for the top three teams respectively. The
awarded software would be used by the Ministry/Departments for improving
their governance systems, if necessary, with suitable upgradation. All
the prize winners would be connected to form a Community
of Innovative Minds.
The Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash
Javadekar is the Chief Patron of the campaign. Ministry of Human
Resource Development spearheaded the campaign through AICTE as the main
anchor. The IT industry especially M/S i4C and Persistent Systems, and
NASSCOM have led the effort. Mr Abhay Jere of the Persistent Systems has
coordinated efforts by various Departments and Ministries of the
Government of India.
Various departments and Ministries of the Government of
India have identified 598 problems to which 7,531 teams of approximately
42,000 students responded. In this 1266 teams of 10000 participants from
28 States were shortlisted for the finale. Some
of the problems identified by the Ministry
of Railways are such as
the condition of Railway track is critical for safety of train
operations. The condition of tracks needs to be monitored proactively. A
software solution which keeps track of the condition of the track and
allied infrastructure and generates auto warning messages about the need
of urgent maintenance can help in preventing untoward incidents.
As per statistics of World Intellectual Property
Organisation (WIPO), India registers 40 patents per million population,
so considering the intellectual capability of Indians, there is a lot
that can be done in the field of innovation. The Smart India Hackathon
is an effort in the direction to improve innovation. This can be done by
encouraging students to apply knowledge to the real-life situations, and
to find innovative solutions to the day-to-day problems.