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ISRO gears up for the ‘36 hour Smart India Hackathon 2018 Grand Finale’

India: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), announces that the much awaited ‘Smart India Hackathon 2018 – Software edition Grand Finale’ is scheduled to be held on March 30 & 31, 2018 simultaneously at 28 different nodal centers across India. ISRO is a ‘Premier Partner’ in this initiative. Launched on Oct 16, 2017 in Pune, ‘Smart India Hackathon 2018’ harnesses creativity and expertise of students, builds funnel for ‘Startup India, Standup India’ campaign, crowd sources solutions for improving governance and quality of life, and provides the opportunity to citizens to provide innovative solutions to India’s daunting problems.

ISRO Chairman Dr. K Sivan said, “Space Missions of ISRO/DOS have proved their usefulness for mankind. There are ample challenges and unlimited opportunity to students for improving quality of life of Indian citizens by their expertise and providing innovative solutions using satellite data and space technologies. Hence, ISRO/DOS has selected harnessing space technology for societal applications as the theme for SIH-2018. Sample problems are offered to trigger young minds for innovative solutions”.

About Smart India Hackathon 2018

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and in collaboration with i4c, MyGov, Persistent Systems, and Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhni is organising ‘Smart India Hackathon 2018’. With 27 union ministries and departments and 17 state governments having joined this grand initiative, SIH2018 is much bigger than its previous edition. It includes two sub-editions – Software edition, which is a 36-hr software product development competition and scheduled to be held on March 30 and 31, 2018. The Hardware edition, involving the building of hardware solutions, will be held later this year.

During the software edition grand finale, teams of thousands of technology students will build innovative digital solutions for problems posed by different central govt. ministries/ departments. ‘Smart India Hackathon 2018’ would be the second massive scale hackathon initiative in India following Smart India Hackathon 2017. Winners stand to get cash prizes and a chance to be part of the NASSCOM’s 10,000 Startups program.