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More than 1 lakh students of more than 1200 colleges are participating in this world’s biggest event of its kind

Newdelhi:30/3/18;The Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar  launched in New Delhi today the world’s largest event is its kind- the two day  grand finale of  Smart India Hackathon 2018 (Software Edition) being held at 28 nodal centres across the country simultaneously.  Addressing the participating students at New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM in New Delhi), Shri Javadekar  said that more than 1 lakh students of more than 1200 colleges are participating in this second edition of the Smart India Hackathon 2018, which is a record. He said that more than 8000 students at 28 different centres will work on their final innovations for the next 36 hours. These students will codify their innovations in a group of six, on which they are working hard since last 4 months.

Human Resource Development Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar announced that Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will address the students participating in
the Smart India Hackathon 2018 this evening.

Shri Prakash Javadekar  said that 27 innovations made by students during the last year Smart India Hackathon are in the final stage and ready for deployment. He said that this year, with the participation of more students and more teams, 100 more innovations will come out this year. He said that this is an open innovation challenge and students will also derive satisfaction for solving the real problems of the people and country by their innovations. Shri Javadekar said that this Smart India Hackathon 2018 is aimed to encourage the spirit of innovations among the student.

Shri Prakash Javadekar also appealed to the students to come out with the solution for making examinations leak proof.  He said that this problem is not a subject of this year’s Smart India Hackathon, but asked  students to accept this challenge and work on the solution of full proof examination after this Smart India Hackathon-2018. He said that though we are IT Super Power, but Google, Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter etc are not invented in India although there are India brains behind all these innovations. He said that there are many such digital innovations which are wealth creators and India too needs to come out with such innovations.

Shri Prakash Javadekar informed that for SIH 2018, we have received participation from 27 Central Ministries/Departments and 17 State Governments who have sent more than 900 problem statements. After scrutinizing these problem statements, 408 problems (340 for Software and 68 for Hardware) were finally selected for the Hackathon and were put out on MyGov platform. The Minister added that for SIH – 2018, we have received 17400+ teams with participation of around one lakh students of Engineering, Management and MCA. These entries were scrutinized and now 1296 entries are selected for the Grand Finale.

Shri Prakash Javadekar further said that SIH-2018 comprises of two competitions – Software Hackathon and Hardware Hackathon. The final round of Hardware Hackathon competition will be conducted in the month of June 2018.

The HRD Minister said that the first edition of Smart India Hackathon (2017) initiative,  received 598 problem statements from 29 Central ministries. These problem statements were displayed on MyGov website and students across all technical institutions were sensitized to participate by having 25+ workshops across India.

Shri R. Subrahmanyam,  Secretary (Higher Education), of Ministry of Human Resource Development also addressed the participating students. He said that all the students connected with this event, physically or digitally, are the future of this county. He said that the event has generated so much enthusiasm in the students that participation has increased more than double.

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