The grand finale of Smart India Hackathon 2018 to be held at the Jaipur Engineering College and Research Centre, Jaipur on 30th and 31st March, 2018 will focus on the problem statements of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Jaipur is one of the 28 different nodal centres across India where the grand finale will simultaneously take place to deal with problem statements relating to different Ministries/ Departments. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is a ‘Premier Partner’ in the initiative.
Smart India Hackathon 2018 harnesses the creativity and expertise of students, builds funnel for ‘Startup India, Standup India’ campaign, crowdsources solutions for improving governance and quality of life, and provides opportunity to citizens to come up with innovative solutions to India’s daunting problems.
In the grand finale at Jaipur, students will try to find creative solutions for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s 16 problem statements. The Ministry has already done a video conferencing session between the participating teams and formulators of problem statements so that students can clarify their doubts, if any and are better prepared to design solutions.
52 shortlisted teams, consisting of about 400 students will take part in the grand finale at Jaipur. The first prize is 1 lakh rupees, the second 75000 rupees and the third prize is 50000 rupees.
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in collaboration with i4c, MyGov, Persistent Systems and Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhin is organizing Smart India Hackathon 2018. With 27 Union Ministries and Departments and 17 State Governments having joined this grand initiative, SIH2018 is much bigger than its previous edition of 2017. It includes 2 sub-editions – Software edition, which is a 36-hr software product development competition and scheduled to be held on Mar 30 & 31, 2018. The Hardware edition, involving building of hardware solutions will be held later this year.
During the software edition grand finale, teams of technology students will build innovative digital solutions for problems posed by different Central Govt. Ministries/ Departments. Overall, 340 problem statements will be taken up by 1282 shortlisted teams consisting of over 10250 students.
Smart India Hackathon 2018 would be the second large scale hackathon initiative in India following Smart India Hackathon 2017. Winners stand to get cash prizes and a chance to be part of the NASSCOM’s 10,000 Startup program.