The Smart India Hackathon 2017 promoted innovation, out-of-the-box thinking in young minds, especially engineering students. It was focused on the problems of social importance as identified by 29 Ministries/Departments of Government of India.
The problem statements identified by the Ministries/Departments were placed on the MyGov website, inviting students (in groups of 6 students with at least one female student and two mentors) to come forward to send ideas and outlines of a possible solution. Leadership talks were broadcast through Facebook Live session. Orientation and awareness programs were conducted by AICTE and i4C in 26 different cities to motivate students to participate in this event. As many as 7531 entries were received from 2100 colleges.
The Grand Finale was held on April 1 & 2, 2017 in 26 different nodal centers across India, each location being hand held by one Department/Ministry of Govt. of India (please find the list of nodal centers below). During the Finale, the selected groups worked for 36 hours continuously from 8 am on April 1, 2017 till 8 pm on April 2, 2017 and complete digital solutions for the problem statements through programming to create computer software or a mobile app. Hon PM spoke to the participants at 10 p.m. on 1st April 2017 through video conference.
The software so created was evaluated by judges drawn from the respective ministry and industry experts and the best solutions were awarded @ Rs. 1 lakh, Rs. 75,000 and Rs. 50,000 for the top three teams respectively. Two more prizes were also given away by Persistent Systems and Deloitte India.
Snapshot of the Grand Finale
|Ministry/Department||No of Problem statements||Ideas received||Teams at Finale||Nodal City||Nodal Center|
|Airport Authority of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation||43||356||44||Allahabad, UP||Civil Aviation Training Institute|
|AICTE||15||635||59||Noida, UP||JSS Academy of Technical Education|
|NCPCR||19||161||39||Bhopal, MP||Sagar Institute of Research & Technology|
|Ministry of Tourism||21||279||48||Cochin, Kerala||Mar Baselios Institute of Technology and Science|
|Ministry of Railways||31||464||60||Udaipur, Rajasthan||Techno India NJR Institute of Technology|
|Ministry of Steel||31||273||56||Indore, MP||Oriental University|
|ISRO||53||263||49||Ahmedabad, Gujarat||Gujarat University Convention Center|
|Ministry of Earth Sciences||30||233||55||Chennai, Tamil Nadu||Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering|
|Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change||28||316||50||Coimbatore||Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology|
|Dept of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities||7||148||39||Hyderabad||CVR College of Engineering|
|Ministry of AYUSH||15||125||38||Hubli, Karnataka||BVB College of Engineering & Technology|
|Dept of Atomic Energy||16||183||32||Mumbai, Maharashtra||Prin Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research|
|Dept. of Defense Production||29||351||65||Bangalore, Karnataka||Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering|
|Ministry of HRD||22||215||41||Ghaziabad, UP||Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology & Mgmt|
|Ministry of Development of Northeast Region (DONER)||11||102||29||Guwahati, Assam||Girijananda Chowdhury Institute of Management & Technology|
|Indian Council Medical Research||28||238||35||Kolkata||Gurunanak Institute of Technology|
|Ministry of Road Transport||24||637||80||Nagpur, Maharashtra||Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management|
|Dept. of Rural Development||25||323||45||Thiruvananthapuram||Rajadhani Institute of Engineering & Technology|
|Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship||28||136||35||Chandigarh||Chandigarh Group of Colleges|
|UGC||20||216||42||Manipal, Karnataka||Manipal Institute of Technology (Manipal University)|
|Students’ Voice||NA||345||45||Guntur, Andhra Pradesh||Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation (KL University)|
|Dept of Science and Technology||9||232||24||Bhubaneshwar||C.V. Raman College of Engineering|
|Dept of Biotechnology||17||120||30||Bhubaneshwar||C.V. Raman College of Engineering|
|Dept of Postal Services||11||110||27||Jaipur, Rajasthan||Jaipur Engineering College & Research Centre (JECRC)|
|DIPP||8||50||18||Jaipur, Rajasthan||Jaipur Engineering College & Research Centre (JECRC)|
|Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals||3||43||13||New Delhi||New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM)|
|MEITY||21||463||51||Pune, Maharashtra||College of Engineering Pune|
|Ministry of Food Processing||15||171||36||Amritsar||Amritsar College of Engineering|
|Ministry of External Affairs||18||90||15||New Delhi||New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM)|
AICTE under aegis of MHRD and in collaboration with i4C, Persistent Systems Ltd., UGC, NASSCOM, Rambhau Prabhodini Mhalgi, SumaSoft Pvt. Ltd, Deloitte, ACM India, NIC, and MyGov launched Smart India Hackathon 2017 on Nov 9, 2016 at the hands of Shri. Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of HRD, Government of India and Chief Patron, Smart India Hackathon 2017. For the first time ever, 29 different government ministries and departments came together and posed 598 problem statements to technical students participating in this grand initiative. With 7531 idea solutions received from 2100+ technical institutions in India, this surely has been a fantastic response! Read More…..