SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE HACKATHON TO BUILD DIGITAL SOLUTIONS New Delhi, 28th March 2018: Persistent Systems in association with MHRD, AICTE, Rambhau Prabhodini Mhalgi, NIC, MyGov, and i4C is co-organizing Smart India Hackathon 2018. The 36-hour Software Edition will be inaugurated on March 30th, 2018, at the hands of Shri.Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble minister of HRD, Government of India and Chief Patron – Smart India Hackathon 2018. In its second year, the Smart India Hackathon aims to challenge lakhs of technology students in India to craft practical digital solutions to problems statements identified by 27 Union Ministries and 17 State Governments through Software and Hardware hackathons. The final rounds of the Software Edition are set to take place across various nodal centers in India on 30th and 31st March 2018. Quotes: Dr. Anand Deshpande, Chairman and MD, Persistent Systems, Co-chairman, Smart India Hackathon 2018 “Thanks to the support we received from MHRD and AICTE, Smart India Hackathon which started as a simple idea sparked at Persistent Systems has now evolved into a nationwide movement. Encouraged by the splendid response to the inaugural edition we are delighted to launch the second edition of Smart India Hackathon.” Dr. Abhay Jere, Secretary, Organizing Committee, Smart India Hackathon 2018 “Smart India Hackathon is nothing short of a digital movement that collectively harnesses the creativity and skill of India’s technology students, towards developing a Digital India. We look forward to hosting a very successful Smart India Hackathon 2018, with tremendous student participation from across the country.” Smart India Hackathon 2018 Highlights: Software Edition – A 36-hour software product development competition Hardware Edition – A new inclusion, where teams will compete against each other in a 5-day, non-stop challenge and build hardware solutions Participation from Union Ministries and State Governments 27 union ministries and 17 states/union territories have come together and identified 340 problems statements for the Software Edition and 68 problem statements for the Hardware Edition. The Software and Hardware Editions will be held in 28 centers and 11 centers respectively. Smart India Hackathon 2018 Software Edition Fact File: • Considered as the largest hackathon, the Smart India Hackathon 2018 has received submissions from 17,000+ teams (for both Hardware and Software Editions). Of these 12,047 are exclusively for the Software Edition. This is supported by 27 Central Ministries and 17 State Governments • Problem statements range across 24 themes identified by government departments which include environment, space, information technology, health and education • A total of 1296 teams are shortlisted this year for the grand finale and each team will consist of 6 students and 2 mentors from industry and/or academia • 28 Nodal centers will conduct the finale on 30th and 31st March 2018 • Persistent Systems conducted live trainings on Facebook and broadcasted open training sessions for students


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