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New Delhi : The third edition of World’s Biggest Open Innovation Model – Smart India Hackathon 2019 was launched by the Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on August 29, 2018.

MHRD, AICTE, Persistent Systems and i4c have joined hands to make a hat-trick with their highly popular and innovative Smart India Hackathon initiative (SIH). SIH-2019 is a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform to solve some of pressing problems we face in our daily lives and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem solving.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that in this new edition of SIH-2019 over 1 lakh+ students from around 3,000 institutions will have the opportunity to work on challenges facing the Public Sector Organizations and the Union Ministries. And for the first time, it will also include problem statements from industry as well as NGOs, according to a PIB .

He said that while students would get a chance to create world class solutions for some of the top organisations in the world, it would also be a chance for organisations to meet the brightest young minds and brand themselves from hiring perspective. He informed that the students from IISc, IITs, NITs and AICTE/UGC approved institutions will also compete to creatively solve problems and offer technical solutions.

The Minister also informed that like its prequel, Smart India Hackathon- 2019 would also have 2 sub-editions – Software edition (a 36-hour software product development competition) and Hardware edition (a 5 days hardware product development competition). He said that Public/ Private sector organisations and NGOs may join SIH2019 to get innovative solutions to their problems in cost effective ways.

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