PM addresses world's largest hackathon

Q.  Which is the world's largest hackathon?
- Published on 03 Apr 17

a. Smart India Hackathon
b. Smart Asia Hackathon
c. Smart America Hackathon
d. None of the above

ANSWER: Smart India Hackathon
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 1 addressed the "Smart India Hackathon", said to be the world's largest hackathon.

Aimed at promoting innovation, the exercise would see nearly 10,000 students producing digital solutions to 598 problems.

The 598 problems have been identified and posted by 29 central government departments and include issues like geo-fencing of airports, online toll collection, smart traffic management, cyber attacks and smart drones to make the airspace safer.

The 36-hour non-stop digital programming competition started at 8 a.m. on Saturday in 26 different locations in the country with each location handled by one central department or ministry.

The top three teams were awarded INR 1 lakh, 75,000 and 50,000 respectively and the digital solutions so awarded would be used by the ministry/departments for improving their governance systems, if necessary, with suitable upgradation.

All the prize winners are to be connected to form a Community of Innovative Minds.

The hackathon also aims at improving awareness about patents in the country.

According to World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), India registers 40 patents per million population.

WIPO: Know More
  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • CEO: Francis Gurry (1 Oct 2008)
  • Founded: 1967
  • Parent organization: United Nations

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