Pune Smart City launches first Smart City Hackathon

Tech Mahindra has announced its collaboration with NITI Aayog and Pune Smart City Development Corporation to launch the first ‘Smart City Hackathon’ at the Pune University.

Pune Idea Factory Foundation (PIFF), a wholly owned subsidiary of Pune Smart City Develop Corporation Limited (PSCDCL), has been set up as a non-profit organization dedicated to boost the start-up ecosystem in Pune.

The aim of this hackathon is to innovate, crowdsource and develop solutions for issues like urban mobility, solid waste management, water supply, citizen safety and security. The hackathon will comprise of developers including working professionals, startups and students, who can participate as individuals or in teams of maximum five people.

To make this Hackathon a level playing field for all, the teams will be evaluated on two separate tracks, namely Solutionthon and Ideathon, depending upon the maturity of their proposed solution, with the top solutions likely to be deployed in the city.

Commenting on the launch, Anna Roy, Advisor, Niti Aayog said, “Through this hackathon, we propose to involve the citizens of Pune in the future development of the city and to attract innovators to provide solutions for its various problems. Thus, we not only address the urbanization issues but also help nurture the research and innovation eco system in the country”.

“The Smart City Hackathon through co-creation and co-innovation will enable the creation of an ecosystem where next gen technologies like Artificial Intelligence are applied to make citizen’s life easier,” said Jagdish Mitra, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, Tech Mahindra.

Dr. Rajendra Jagtap, CEO, Pune Smart City expressed optimism at the development and said, “I encourage start-ups, entrepreneurs and various sectors to come together to solve issues affecting our cities and the nation at-large.”

The much-awaited offline hackathon event will be held in Savitribai Phule Pune University campus on September 29, 2018.