“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 hackathon is a nationwide initiative to provide a platform for students to solve some of the pressing issues that people face in daily life, promoting a culture of product innovation and a problem-solving mindset.
“It has proven extremely successful to promote out-of-the-box thinking in young minds,” the statement said.
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“The Smart India Hackathon has developed into a lively forum for ideas and innovations. This time, of course, our youth would focus their innovations on the post-Covid world and find opportunities to create an Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” wrote the Prime Minister Twitter
In the first edition of the Smart India Hackathon in 2017, 42,000 students took part, which rose to 1 lakh in 2018 and 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.
“The grand finale of the software edition this year is being organized online by connecting all participants across the country via a specially developed, advanced platform. More than 10,000 students will be solving 243 problems from 37 central government departments in 17 States are fighting governments and 20 industries, “the statement said.
“The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will be videoconferencing the grand finale of the world’s largest online hackathon on August 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.,” the Ministry of Education said in a statement on July 31.
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced this and said that the grand finale of the Smart India Hackathon 2020 (software) will take place from August 1-3.
The Union minister said the hackathon was “a unique initiative to identify new and disruptive innovations in digital technology to solve our country’s challenges.” “Students would have the opportunity to work on the challenges facing government departments and private sector organizations, for which they can offer ready-to-use, first-class solutions,” the ministry said in the statement.
The ministry said that due to the Covid pandemic, the hackathon final would take place online.
Pokhriyal said that given the Covid-19 pandemic, the grand finale for SIH 2020 should be organized online by connecting all participants across the country through a purpose-built advanced platform, the ministry said.
“This year, more than 10,000 students will compete to solve 243 issues from 37 central government departments, 17 state governments, and 20 industries. Each issue is worth 1,000,000 rupees, with the exception of student innovation, three winners have 1st, 2nd and 3rd with prize money of Rs 1.00,000, Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively, “said the ministry.
This hackathon is jointly organized by the Ministry of Personnel Development, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Persistent Systems and i4c.
Earlier in the day, the minister hosted a high-level meeting and discussed the successes of the hackathons that had already taken place.
“The Smart India Hackathon is a unique initiative to identify new and disruptive innovations in digital technology to solve our country’s challenges. It is an ongoing digital product development competition where technology students struggle to propose an innovative solution. ” He said during the chair of the meeting.
The minister pointed out that the Smart India Hackathon has grown in recent years and said: “The first edition of SIH-2017 was attended by 42,000 students, who in SIH 2018 significantly increased to 1 lakh and later to 2.0 lakh in increased SIH-2019. SIH 2020 is even more massive compared to SIH 2019 and in the first round more than 4.5 lakh students took part. ”
“To develop an Atma Nirbhar Bharat, we have to make sure that the teams are carefully supervised from the idea generation to the prototype phase. Once the idea comes from the student, it should be the mentor’s responsibility to ensure that the idea becomes either implemented by the start-up or the department, “he said.