Smart India Hackathon

September 2019

The Smart India Hackathon (SIH) is a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform to solve some of the pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of innovation and a mind-set of problem solving.

Imagining a possibility to engage all Indians instead of relying on a handful of people in solving the country’s challenges is the key driver towards adoption of crowdsourcing. Globally public sector has been experimenting with dramatic results. The creative force of crowd has already been used in the past to solve a number of problems. For example, crowd has already developed software for humanoid robots to complete various tasks in space, created ways to predict mass atrocities and even tagged millions of historical documents to reveal our past. The White House has led the way by releasing a “Federal Crowdsourcing Toolkit” to accelerate adoption across the Government. The Indian Government has also embarked on the journey of crowdsourcing solutions to address issues relating to governance, efficiency and transparency. The Smart India Hackathon (SIH) is one of the steps taken in this direction by the Government.

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