The finale of the Smart India Hackathon 2018 (Software Edition) will be held on March 30 and 31 at 28 nodal centres across the country, announced HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on 29 March 2018. Smart India Hackathon is the World’s largest Nation-Building Digital Initiative of the HRD ministry and was conceptualized to harness the creativity and energy of bright young students for the development of our nation.
Javadekar was hopeful that the solutions given by the students will be helpful in overcoming the challenges faced by various ministries and departments. This year’s initiative has software as well as hardware edition. Javadekar added that SIH – 2018 has received over 17400 teams with participation of around one lakh students of Engineering, Management and MCA. These entries were scrutinized and 1296 entries have been selected for the finals.
In the finals, around 8000 students will attempt to give solutions for the listed 340 software problems. There are prizes to be won for different categories at each centre similar to last year. Some of the interesting projects of SIH developed by the students include a special pendrive to prevent data theft (for ISRO), Airport crowd management system (for Air India), a platform for North-East artefacts, a gaming solution for health benefits (for Ministry of AYUSH) among others. At least 27 projects will get implemented and adopted by different departments by the end of April or mid May 2018.