Private sector to participate in 3rd edition of ‘Smart India Hackathon- 2019’

Private sector to participate in 3rd edition of ‘Smart India Hackathon- 2019’
Abhay Anand | Aug 30, 2018 - 6:51 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30: The Union Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar has launched the third edition of World’s Biggest Open Innovation Model - Smart India Hackathon 2019. Over 1 Lakh students from around 3000 institutions will have the opportunity to work on challenges faced by the Public Sector organizations and the Union Ministries. It will also include problem statements from industry as well as NGOs.

MHRD, AICTE, Persistent Systems and i4c have joined hands to make a hat trick with their highly popular and innovative Smart India Hackathon initiative (SIH). SIH-2019 is a nationwide initiative to provide students with a platform to solve some of the pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem-solving.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that while students would get a chance to create world class solutions for some of the top organizations in the world, it would also be a chance for organizations to meet the brightest young minds and brand themselves from hiring perspective. He informed that the students from IISc, IITs, NITs and AICTE/UGC approved institutions will also compete to creatively solve problems and offer technical solutions.

The Minister also informed that like its prequel, Smart India Hackathon- 2019 would also have 2 sub-editions – Software edition (a 36-hour software product development competition) and Hardware edition (a 5 days long hardware product development competition). He said that Public/ Private sector organizations and NGOs may join SIH2019 to get innovative solutions to their problems in cost-effective ways.

Secretary, MHRD, R Subrahmanyam, said that it is exciting that the World’s biggest open innovation model - Smart India Hackathon 2019 will also involve our win-win collaboration with all the private sector organizations. We hope all technical students make the best of this unique opportunity and make SIH2019 a grand success.

Dr Abhay Jere, CIO, Ministry of HRD said, “With Smart India Hackathon 2019, for the first time we are approaching Public and Private sector organizations and NGOs for sharing problem statements. We expect about 200+ such organizations will join hands with us to challenge young minds from India to come up with the most innovative solutions”.

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