Students seek answers to problems at the Smart India Hackathon 2018

On 30 March and 31 March 2018, 10,000 students from across the country will participate in the second edition of the Smart India Hackathon 2018.

These students will come up with designs that are meant to resolve the basic problems faced in India at various levels.

The issues range from drought relief, climate control, to accessibility options for people with disabilities.

They will work for more than 36 hours, while representing 1,296 teams spread over 28 centres in the country.

When the Smart India Hackathon 2018 was announced, around 1,10,000 students had come up with 17,000 solutions to 1,200 problems.

Smart India Hackathon is the brainchild of Abhay Jere, the head of Persistent Labs. He wanted to challenge students and encourage them to develop solutions for problems.

Twenty-nine ministries and 17 state governments made a list of around 1,200 problems that could be solved with the use of information and communication technology.

The current hackathon is being organised by Persistent Systems with help from the Human Resource Development Ministry and the All India Council for Technical Education.

This year the event has two editions, one is software development, and the other is hardware edition.

The winners will get cash rewards of Rs one lakh from the state or ministry whose problem is resolved, apart from other prizes.

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