The Ministry of Human Resource Development on Monday announced that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the globally popular online hackathon’s grand finale on 1st August 2020 via video conference. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the HRD Minister further said that the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2020 software will be conducted between 1st and 3rd August 2020.
All India Council for Technical Education [AICTE] of HRD MInistry, Persistent Systems, and i4c is the conducting body of the hackathon. Before the commencement of the grand finale, the HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal organized a high-level meeting. During the meeting, he spoke about the accomplishments of the previously organized hackathons and Smart India Hackathon.
Besides the chairperson, HRD Minister, the meeting was held in the presence of Chairman AICTE, Anil Sahasrabudhe, Additional Secretary, MHRD, Secretary, Higher Education, Amit Khare, Rakesh Ranjan and Chief Innovation Officer, MHRD Abhay Jere. He further added, ‘Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the grand finale of the largest ever online hackathon in the world from 7 pm onwards on August 1 through video-conference. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the finale shall be organized online by connecting all the participants throughout the nation together over a specially built advanced platform.’
Smart India Hackathon is an introductory that determines the latest and groundbreaking digital technological innovations that resolve various challenges that are being confronted by the country. The Minister said, ‘This year, we will have more than 10,000 students competing to solve 243 problem statements from 37 central government departments, 17 state governments, and 20 industries. Each problem statement carries prize money of Rs 1 lakh except the student innovation theme which will have three winners, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, with prize money of Rs 1 lakh, Rs 75,000, and Rs 50,000 respectively.’
Hackathon is an endless digital product development competition. During this hackathon, the participants aka technology students will be asked about various problems to suggest unique solutions. During this competition, the students would get an incredible chance to express their opinions and give away a few suggestions to overcome the challenges faced by various Government and private sector organizations. One of the senior officials at the HRD Ministry said that the students can give their outside-the-box and world-class solutions.