Nation-Wide Hackathon #OpenGovDataHack launched

On 12th September, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, has launched a nation-wide 24 hrs hackathon #OpenGovDataHack in New Delhi to support & showcase potentially great Ideas/Talent from Inner India by reaching out in their own State/City (7 Cities).

In simple words, the Union Government is looking for local solutions to the local problems by the Local Budding Entrepreneurs & Hackathon #OpenGovDataHack is one of the parts of its perspective .

Purpose: To facilitate people making their ideas developed into Apps/Infographics by theme-based Open Government Data, after which it can be evaluated by jury and be selected for Prizes and future support/funding.

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Hackathon #OpenGovDataHack

  1. Will be conducted by NIC and IAMAI as a part of the Startup Eco-system Development Programme.
  2. Themed on Drinking Water & Sanitation, Transport, Education, Crime & Health will take place in seven cities.
#OpenGovDataHack: Themes & Sectors


  1. Workshops: Organized for Stakeholders Sensitization, identifying Problem Statements and Data Gathering at respective cities. Students, Community, Startups, Academia, and Industry etc. can participate in it.
  2. City Challenge: #OpenGovDataHack will being with the oonsite City Challenge.
  3. Hackathon Phase 1: A 24 hours Hackathon event will be held at 7 cities across India followed by an Online Hackathon (September-October 2017).
  4. Apps Challenge Phase 2: The participating teams will be required to submit Apps prototypes and Info-graphics. Selected Apps prototypes from all 7 onsite city Centre and online submissions will be taken forward for App development.
  5. Time Period: Each team will be given 2 months of mentorship / incubation to develop the App, post which the teams will submit the final Apps for evaluation.
  6. App Evaluation: The apps will be evaluated by a panel of jury comprised of the members from the Community, Government, Academia and Industry etc., and the shortlisted teams will be invited for a presentation on the App.
  7. Award: The Hackathon process will conclude with an International conference on Open Data, wherein the winners of the Apps Challenge will be awarded.

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Statements regarding #OpenGovDataHack

Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Electronics and Information Technology said:

The big data analytics should focus on poor & under privileged and facilitate inclusive growth. While aiming at taking lead in data analytics it must be ensured that technology is inclusive, affordable, transformative & developmental.

Mr. Prasad further said:

#OpenGovDataHack being taken up in seven states would catalyse further start up movement. I would like assure you all that the Government is determined to hand-hold successful start-ups and make it a big success.

Ajay Prakash Sawhney , Secretary – Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, said:

I think Hackathon is a great opportunity, it fits in to our start-up movement as well, and I hope that our youngsters will be able to not only come out with new ideas, they will be able to provide valuable services to departments, to citizens, to communities across the country.

Megha Jain

Engg & Freelance Author

Straight forward