“Young India is full of talent! The grand finale of the Smart India Hackathon 2020 shows this spirit of innovation and excellence,” tweeted PM Modi. The interaction with the finalists of the hackathon takes place at 4.30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Smart India Hackathon is a nationwide initiative to provide students with a platform to solve some of the pressing problems they face on a daily basis. It conveys a culture of product innovation and a way of thinking about problem solving, the government says.
“It has proven extremely successful to promote out-of-the-box thinking in young people,” said a government statement.
In the first edition of the Smart India Hackathon 2017, 42,000 students took part, which rose to 1 lakh in 2018 and rose to 2 lakh in 2019.
More than 4.5 lakh students took part in the first round of the Smart India Hackathon 2020.
More than 10,000 students will compete to solve 243 problems from 37 central government departments, 17 state governments, and 20 industries.