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DBT is geared up for 36 hour Smart India Hackathon 2017 Grand Finale to be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Department of Biotechnology is geared up for 36 hour Smart India Hackathon 2017 Grand Finale to be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

New Delhi, India, Mar 30, 2017 – Department of Biotechnology announced that the much awaited Smart India Hackathon 2017 Grand Finale is scheduled to be held on April 1 & 2, 2017 simultaneously at 26 different nodal centers across India. Department of Biotechnology is a ‘Premier Partner’ in this initiative. Launched on Nov 9, 2016 in New Delhi, Smart India Hackathon 2017 harnesses creativity & 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.
Here is a quick snapshot of details pertaining to our department:

  Problems Statements proposed Ideas received Shortlisted Teams for Grand Finale No. of Youngsters competing in Grand Finale Nodal Center for Grand Finale
Our Ministry 17 120 30 240 C.V. Raman College of Engineering, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Overall event 598 7531 1266 10000+

Smart India Hackathon 2017 is expected to become the ‘world’s biggest open innovation model’ that other countries can replicate. Since, Hackathon, as a concept is new to India, AICTE arranged 26 awareness workshops across India to sensitized students about Smart India Hackathon 2017. 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. Departments, 1266 ideas have been shortlisted for the ‘Grand Finale’ on April 1 & 2, 2017, during which these teams will work nx for 36 hours to build products based on their ideas across 26 locations in India. For the first time, 10,000+ youngsters (6 students & 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.

DBT problem statements

Department of Biotechnology has requested for IT based solutions, android apps for accessing information about Ph.Ds produced in the country in life sciences, mapping biotechnology expertise, opportunities for fellowships, compilation of videos/lectures, online attendance and feedback of students, tracking purchase, use and disposal of assets, positions filled vs. vacant, detecting common key words, access of facilities etc.

About Smart India Hackathon 2017
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and in collaboration with i4c, MyGov, Persistent Systems, NASSCOM and Rambhau Mhalgi Pabodini is conducting a unique initiative ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’. For the first time ever, 29 different government ministries and departments came together and posed 598 problem statements to 30 lakh technical students from India. During the 36-hour Grand Finale scheduled to be held on April 1 & 2, 2017, teams of thousands of technology students will build innovative digital solutions for problems posed by different central govt. ministries/departments. Smart India Hackathon 2017 would be the first massive scale Hackathon initiative in India; unprecedented in the nation’s history. Winners stand to get cash prizes and a chance to be part of the NASSCOM’s 10,000 Startups program.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Suman Govil, Adviser & Nodal Officer for Smart India Hackathon, 2017, Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, Mobile No. 09811671445, e-mail:

Dr. Manoj Singh Rohilla, Sc.D & Nodal Officer, Smart India Hackathon, 2017, Deptartment of Biotechnology, New Delhi, Mobile No. 09013940593, e-mail: