NIC and IAMAI conducts seven city hackathon

NIC and IAMAI is conducting seven city hackathon #OpenGovDataHack as part of the Startup Eco-system Development Programme.

The 24 hours hackathon focuses on verticals like: Drinking water & sanitation; transport; education, crime and Health after which it can be evaluated by jury and be selected for prizes and future support/funding.

The hackathon was launched by Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Speaking on the occasion, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The government is committed to make best use of big data in establishing rule of precision governance. While doing so every care would be taken to ensure that strict privacy rights of individuals are protected. However, unauthorised use of data would be dealt with iron-hand to ensure that nothing comes in the way of making data-analytics a national movement.”

“I would like assure you all that the government is determined to hand-hold successful start-ups and make it a big success,” added Prasad.

Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology said, “I think Hackathon is a great opportunity, it fits in to our start-up movement as well, and I hope that our youngsters will be able to not only come out with new ideas, they will be able to provide valuable services to departments, to citizens, to communities across the country.”

The participating teams will be required to submit apps prototypes and infographics. Selected Apps prototypes from all seven onsite city centre and online submissions will be taken forward for app development. Each team will be given 2 months of mentorship/incubation to develop the app, post which the teams will submit the final apps for evaluation.

The apps will be evaluated by a panel of jury comprised of the members from the community, government, academia and industry etc., and the shortlisted teams will be invited for a presentation on the App. The Hackathon process will conclude with an international conference on Open Data, wherein the winners of the apps challenge will be awarded.


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