In order to work towards our Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision, Ministry of HRD, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is organizing Smart India Hackathon in February 2017, a unique initiative to identify new and disruptive digital technology innovations for solving the challenges faced by our country. This initiative aims to institutionalize a model for harnessing the creativity and technical expertise of 3.0 + million students for direct benefit of our nation. Students from 6400 technology institutes in India are expected to participate. Mentors from IT companies will help students refine their solutions.
Twenty-nine Departments of Government of India are participating in this event. Each Department has identified few problem statements to which students are expected to provide innovative, sustainable digital solutions. This is the first effort by Government of India to involve young students in proposing solutions for problems faced by Departments in day-to-day functioning. This would lead to out of box thinking and provide innovative, disruptive and sustainable solutions, which can be pursued after the Hackathon for further refining of solutions. Department of Biotechnology has projected 17 problem statements seeking digital solution from students. These problem statements are uploaded on website: https://innovate.mygov.in/challenge-category/department-of-biotechnology/ for public access.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences complimented Ministry of Human Resource Development for conceiving and conceptualizing “Smart India Hackathon 2017”. He has also conveyed his warm greetings to all the participants and mentors for this upcoming 36 hours non-stop digital competition scheduled in February 2017.
Address by Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, DBT about smart India Hackathon and nature of problem statements projected for digital solutions may be accessed at: https://innovate.mygov.in/smart-india-hackathon-17/