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Smart India Hackathon – 2017 to be organized at JECRC in Jaipur

More than 400 students from colleges across the country to participate.

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March 29, 2017, 11:44 am


Jaipur: A national-level Smart India Hackathon – 2017 will be organized at Sitapura-situated Jaipur Engineering College and Research Center (JECRC) on April 1 and April 2. To promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India campaign, the hackathon is being organized by the ministry of human resource development in association with NCERT and several other government departments.

The student of engineering and technical colleges from across the country will compete to make a world record by programming for 36 hours continuously while building a digital product.

More than 42 teams consisting of 400 students and 100 technical experts will start arriving at JECRC to be part of Smart India Hackathon – 2017.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar had recently said that smart India Hackathon 2017’  had been launched  to build “Digital India of our dreams” and to engage our youth directly with nation building.

About 30 different government departments and ministries are involved as partners. They include ministry of railways, external affairs, steel, postal Services, ISRO, and NCPCR. for the first time, the government departments are directly engaging with students and challenging them to build digital solutions to improve their efficiency, plug revenue leakages and corruption, said Javadekar.

He said that Smart India Hackathon 2017 will be 36 hour non-stop digital product development competition during which teams of thousands of technology students will build innovative digital solutions for the problems posted by 29 different central government ministries and departments.

The minister said for 598 problems posted by the government departments, the ministry of human resource development received ideas from 7531 teams (each team has 6 students and 2 mentors with a total of more than 42,000 participants) from about 2100 colleges across India.

Out of 7531 teams, 1266 teams (per team 8 members with a total of 10,000 participants) have been shortlisted for the ‘Grand Finale’ on April 1 and April 2.

The ministry will give multiple prizes worth a total Rs 50 lakhs for students. The digital product ideas developed by the students during the competition can be adopted by NASSCOM and other funding agencies like AICTE, DST, DBT and ICMR and support programmers to convert them into startups.

First published: March 29, 2017
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