Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), has launched AmritMahotsav App Innovation Challenge 2021 for Indian entrepreneurs and start-ups.
The challenge is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of building a new AatmaNirbhar Bharat by the year 2022 and to celebrate the 75th year of Independence of India, as the AzadikaAmritMahotsav. The Innovation Challenge is in continuation of the AatmaNirbhar App Innovation Challenge organized in 2020 that helped identify 24 winning apps and 20 promising apps.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar said, “Considering the role of startups in building innovative solutions for today and future and disrupting the traditional way of doing business and delivering services, App Innovation Challenge titled ‘AmritMahotsav App Innovation Challenge 2021’ is a well thought plan. He expressed the hope that startups, budding entrepreneurs and youngsters will find it attractive and will participate in large numbers in the challenge, and we will have several solutions.”
The AmritMahotsav App Innovation Challenge 2021 has been launched in 16 categories including Culture & Heritage, Health, Education, Social Media, Emerge Tech, Skills,News, Games, Entertainment, Office, Fitness & Nutrition, Agriculture, Business & Retail, Fintech, Navigation and Others.
The identified categories will give an opportunity to innovators and tech entrepreneurs to build solutions that will be as per the vision laid out by the Prime Minister regarding the role of Hackathons, Innovation Challenges, and Startups in contributing to building the New India.
This Innovation Challenge with various cash awards and incentives of featuring Apps on Leaderboards seeks to create an ecosystem where Indian entrepreneurs and start-ups are incentivised to ideate, incubate, build, nurture and sustain Tech solutions that can serve not only citizens within India but also the world.
The Innovation Challenge will be available on https://innovateindia.mygov.in/. The last date of submission of entries is 30th September, 2021. Applicants need to apply online to submit their proposals by registering and logging on to the MyGov portal – www.mygov.in. A specific Jury for each track with experts from Private Sector and Academia will evaluate the entries received. Shortlisted Apps will be given awards & will also feature on Leader boards for information of citizens. Government will also adopt suitable Apps, guide them to maturity and list them on the Government e-Marketplace (GeM).
Some of the Key Evaluation parameters will include Easy User Interface, Robustness, Security features, Scalability & Interoperability, and Vision of App for next 5 years as the participants may pitch in their ideas for making the app successful by incorporating apps with emerging technologies/latest trends.