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May 05, 2017 09:28 IST
598 problems.
7,531 possible solutions.
10,000 students.
Vivek Kulkarni takes us through the making of the 36-hour mega event.

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Thanks to all the hard work put in by the evaluators we were able to do justice to every single idea. With the evaluators being spread across multiple locations and time zones.531 ideas to solve the 598 problems given by the ministries. 10.200 participating colleges with 7. But hats off to the 402 evaluators -. but ended up conducting close to 20. We involved many IT experts across the globe. Spotted: Suriya in Chennai 36 simultaneous hours of coding. setting up the process and educating the different centres to achieve the same experience throughout.com/getahead/report/how-we-created-the-worlds-biggest-hackathon/20170505.266 final ideas. We had planned only a few sessions at first. including the ministry domain experts to do so. EPL: Man City thrash Palace to 50+ IT organizations.who made it possible for us to get at least 9 opinions about each idea that was submitted. and yoga/Zumba sessions at the venue. but we were soon able to build up traction by conducting Facebook Live sessions for them. Coding for India at Google The grand finale begun at 7 am on April 1. move into third place 1.the Smart India Hackathon 2017. I admit. the response from the students and colleges was not very encouraging. shortlisted by 402 evaluators across the globe.531 submitted ideas.000 final participating students.07/05/2017 Smart India Hackathon 2017: How we created the world's biggest hackathon! .266 selected ideas. Developers built 36 apps at first-ever Aadhaar hackathon Evaluating 7.531 ideas was a mammoth task.htm 2/4 . who heads Persistent Labs. Over 400 students hospitalised after gas leak near Delhi 40. leaving us with no doubt that the technology students from India were ready to make that big leap. the final evaluation process. Within a few weeks we received 7. food. away Photograph published only for representational purposes. Dr Abhay Jere. the judges to details like mentoring.700 mentors. Photograph: Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters 29 Indian ministries with 598 problem statements that needed solutions. school 1. http://www. The next challenge was deciding the different locations for the final hackathon. Thousands of staff/student volunteers who worked 24/7. Reader J Venkatesan sends us a photograph. The experience was as exhausting as it was energising.including my own team at Persistent Labs -. It was focused on problems of social importance identified by 29 ministries and departments of the Government of India. Initially.000 students from 2.rediff. It took multiple rounds of discussion to decide everything from the programme schedule. More stars spotted Met a celebrity? Smart India Hackathon 2017 was envisioned to promote innovation and out-of-the-box Email us photos & videos thinking in young minds. it was difficult to get everybody on the same page as far as the evaluation process was concerned. especially engineering students. a bit scary. The overwhelming student response and their activity on social media kept us on our toes. Stars spotted! What's this? 26 nodal centres/cities in India.Rediff. played a pivotal role in making it work. and shortlist 1. The response from the students was heartening.com Get Ahead India'. And 1 event -. It was. organizing the event at all these locations. I still remember the day I got involved in this initiative.

Two more prizes were given by Persistent Systems Ltd and Deloitte India. These crowd-sourced solutions will help improve governance and quality of life. 75. ATMs Closed Tomorrow Says PM Modi NDTV Medical Plan for Your Parent With No Medical Test & Paperwork Available PolicyX You'll Be Amazed by the Value of Your Car [Check Here] Orange Book Value If you have a computer you should try this game! Vikings: Free Online Game Flight Prices You're Not Allowed to See Save70.07/05/2017 Smart India Hackathon 2017: How we created the world's biggest hackathon! . the live interaction gave them the energy boost they needed to see them through to the end of 36 hours -. There are about 135 other prizes comprising of about 70 lakhs.com/getahead/report/how-we-created-the-worlds-biggest-hackathon/20170505. Smart India Hackathon 2017 not only harnessed the creativity and expertise of the students. The ministries are ready to further fund selective projects and convert them into finished products.000. and the handover of these products and their actual use by the ministries is expected to start by the year end. The top three solutions developed during the final hackathon were awarded 1 lakh. Standup India'. and provide young citizens of our country an opportunity to co-create and present innovative solutions to India's daunting problems.at 9 pm on April 2. Vivek Kulkarni.com Get Ahead The energy was especially amplified when Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the aspiring innovators through video conference at 10 pm on Day 1. respectively.htm 3/4 . hack our EVMs: EC 'India needs out-of-the-box India needs to diversify away throws hackathon challenge thinkers' from low-cost programming http://www. This is not the end.000 and 50. The effort will begin as early as next month. Startup India Print this article Share Comment You May Like Sponsored Links by Taboola Banks.rediff. He tweets at @v_d_k Vivek Kulkarni Related News: Smart India Hackathon. but also built the funnel for 'Startup India.com Indians Born Between 1941 and 1981 May Be Eligible for High Paid Surveys Survey Compare Related links ▶ Come. Persistent System Ltd.Rediff. Vivek Kulkarni is the chief architect.

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