New Delhi: The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will address the grand finale of the Smart India Hackathon, defined as “the largest ever online hackathon in the world.” In the first edition of Smart India Hackathon 2017, there was the participation of 42000 students which increased to 1 lakh in 2018 and to 2 lakh in 2019. The first round of Smart India Hackathon 2020, there was more than 4.5 lakh participation of students.
On the other hand, a nationwide initiative has taken to provide students with a platform to solve some of the problems which they face in their daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem-solving. It has proved to be extremely successful in promoting out-of-the-box thinking in young minds. Subsequently, More than 10,000 students will be competing to solve 243 problem statements from 37 central government departments, 17 state governments and 20 industries.