Smart India Hackathon 2018's Grand Finale on March 30, 31st At 28 Nodal Centres across the Country
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Smart India Hackathon 2018’s Grand Finale on March 30, 31st At 28 Nodal Centres

Smart India Hackathon 2018, a unique initiative to identify new and disruptive digital technology innovations for solving the challenges faced by our country. In order to work towards our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi‘s vision for Digital India and promote digital literacy, MHRD, AICTE, i4C, and Persistent Systems organized Smart India Hackathon, the world’s largest nation-building initiative to harness the innovative brilliance of the youth and develop digital products for solving some of the country’s pressing problems.

The grand finale of the Smart India Hackathon 2018 (Software Edition) will be a 36-hour (From 8 am on March 30 to 8 pm on March 31, 2018) software product development competition, to be held on March 30 and 31 at 28 nodal centres across the country.

In the Smart India Hackathon 2018 finals, 1296 teams comprise of around 8000 students will attempt to give solutions for the 340 software problems listed by the authorities. Winners of the Smart India Hackathon 2018 will get cash prizes for different categories at each centre and a chance to be part of the NASSCOM’s 10,000 Startups programme.

Smart India Hackathon, on to its second year, has two editions – Software and Hardware Editions. The grand finale of the Software edition to be held on March 30th & 31st, whereas the newly-introduced Hardware edition is scheduled in June, will entail the teams working five straight days to build their hardware solutions.

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The Smart India hackathon 2018 (SIH 2018) witnessed active participation from 27 Central ministries/departments, and 17 state governments, which have sent more than 900 problem statements which they faced or need to be improved. After reviewing and scrutinizing these received problem statements, 408 problems (340 for software and 68 for hardware) were finally selected for the Smart India Hackathon 2018 and have been put out on MyGov platform.

SIH – 2018 has received over 17400 teams with the participation of more than one lakh students of Engineering, Management and MCA (Masters in Computer Applications) background. These entries were scrutinized on the various level and finally, 1296 entries (teams) have been selected for the finals.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA), Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and many other ministries are the ‘Premier Partner’ in this initiative. Twenty-six teams have shortlisted for the event which will try to find solutions for seven software problems related to the HUA ministry. Around 1,300 teams would find solutions for 340 software problems related to various ministries and departments.

IIT BHU Varanasi and PSIT Kanpur have been finalized as Nodal centers at Kanpur and Varanasi for Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

KPIT Technologies a global technology company specializing in IT consulting and product engineering has partnered with the Indian government for the second consecutive year to support the Smart India Hackathon 2018

Co-Founder, Chairman & Group CEO, KPIT, Ravi Pandit said in press release, “We believe that the young technical talent in India will be pivotal in transforming the country’s innovation and start-up landscape by providing solutions that drive social inclusivity and sustainability. Smart India Hackathon gives a great platform to the youth to accelerate such a change. KPIT is proud to be a partner of this initiative again.”

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As part of the partnership, KPIT Technologies will be responsible to ensure smooth execution of the final event at the nodal center in Noida. Furthermore, it will also confer the KPIT Inspiration Award to the teams ranking sixth at each of the 28 centers nationally hosting the finale.

The Smart India Hackathon was Launched on October 16, 2017, in Pune as its first edition. It harnesses creativity and innovation of students, builds a funnel for ‘Startup India, Standup India’ campaign, crowdsources solutions for improving governance and quality of life, and provides an opportunity to students to provide innovative solutions to daunting problems of the country and its citizens.

The Smart India Hackathon 2018 (SIH 2018) with the dream of Digital India and Make in India, is being organized by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and in collaboration with Inter Institutional Inclusive Innovation Center (i4c), MyGov, Persistent Systems, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini and many other organizations.

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