PM to address grand finale of ‘Smart India Hackathon’ tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the grand finale of Smart India Hackathon 2020 tomorrow and will interact with students through video conferencing.

This hackathon is the largest-ever online hackathon in the world, being organized by the Ministry of Human Resources Development and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Persistent Systems and i4c.

The Smart India Hackathon is a initiative to provide students with a platform to solve some of the pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem-solving.

It has proved to be extremely successful in promoting out-of-the-box thinking in young minds.

However, the Grand Finale of the software edition this year is being organized online by connecting all the participants throughout the nation together over a specially-built advanced platform.

This year, more than 10,000 students will be competing to solve 243 problem statements from 37 central government departments, 17 state governments and 20 industries.

The first round of Smart India Hackathon 2020 held in January through a college-level hackathon, saw participation of more than 4.5 lakh students.

In 2017, the first edition of Smart India Hackathon saw participation of 42,000 students which increased to 1 lakh in 2018 and to 2 lakh in 2019.