Smart India Hackathon 2017

Mar 2017 Source: MOTACHASHMA

Smart India Hackathon 2017 is the biggest Digital Movement of India to solve numerous problems of various Ministries and Departments in Govt. of India. As we know, that Government of India has a separate department for each sector such as Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Biotechnology, Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, etc. Every department has its problems which have to be solved. Smart India Hackathon 2017 is a ‘one of its kind’ initiative, where 29 Union Ministries/ Departments have joined as its partners and have posted a total of 598 problem statements.

There are lots of intelligent brains across the nation who can solve these problems and the platform for the same has been created as "World's Biggest Hackathon". Smart India Hackathon 2017 is organised for these kinds of people who have the ability to provide appropriate solutions to the problems.

Smart India Hackathon

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is the statutory body and a national-level council for technical education, under Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development. They are organisers for Smart India Hackathon 2017 and have identified multiple problem statements for this initiative. There will be huge participation from the students of registered technical institutions. Participants interested for the event can submit their entries before the last date that is 7 March 2017. The applicants will have a chance to win prizes worth 50 lacs.

  • 30+ Lakh Technology Students
  • 6400+ Technology Institutions in India
  • 36 hours Nonstop Digital Product Development Competition
  • Over 25 Centers Across the Nation
  • Over 25 Government Ministries/ Departments Partnering to Provide Problem Statements
  • Prizes of over Rs. 50 Lakhs to be Won

In Smart India Hackathon, 50 teams will be selected for the final Hackathon. The team design is mentioned below:

Total No. of Participants 400 (300 Students + 100 Mentors)
Participants in one Team 8 (6 Students + 2 Mentors)
No. of Teams 50


Smart India Hackathon Important Dates


Last Date for Registration 7 March 2017
Smart India Hackathon Grand Finale 1 and 2 April 2017 

Smart India Hackathon Prize Distribution

Category Prize Amount
1st Prize Rs. 1,00,000
1st Runner up Rs. 75,000
2nd Runner up Rs. 50,000

Smart India Hackathon 2017 Eligibility to Participate


Participant must be registered student from a recognised Technology Institution of India. Institutions interested in becoming Nodal Centers for Smart India Hackathon 2017, must apply on

  • Maximum 3 teams per college/ institute can participate in this competition.
  • The team members have to be from the same college; members from different college are not allowed. However, members from the same college but different branches can form a team.
  • The number of members in a team is 6 with at least one female member. The team with all female members is allowed to participate.
  • Each member of the team must be well versed with programming skills.
  • Colleges must issue a letter on their letterhead stating the names of the team and team members.
  • The name of the team leader and mobile numbers of all team members should be clearly specified in the letter.
  • The letter should bear the seal of the college/ institute along with the signature of the principal.
  • A scanned copy of this letter in PDF form is to be mandatorily submitted during online application process.
  • After teams are shortlisted, each team will be assigned two mentors from the industry to guide them during the hackathon; they will augment the team.
  • Preferences will be given to entries from North East India while selecting between two similar ideas.

Smart India Hackathon Application Process

Candidates can fill the Application Form of Smart India Hackathon through online mode. Interested applicants can visit the official website of Smart India Hackathon or click on the following link.In the Application Form, candidates have to fill the

  • AICTE Registration number
  • Institute Name andsAddress
  • State
  • College
  • SPOC's Name
  • Principal/ Dean's Name etc.

Click here to Apply

Sample Questions that have to answered

  • Identification of Fake Universities - The fake Universities or even the regular Universities running unauthorised programmes through distance or regular mode need to be tracked. Action required to stop them can be taken through effective monitoring.
  • Application for real-time monitoring of daily expenditure (accounts) of India Tourism Offices in India and overseas.
  • E-commerce parcels-MIS and KPI - With the boom in e-commerce there is a shift in mail profile from documents to parcel. Create MIS 

Selection Criteria and Process

The students who have registered for the Hackathon have to answer the problem statements by various ministries and the would be evaluated on that. Evaluation criteria will include novelty of the idea, complexity, clarity and details in the prescribed format, feasibility, practicability, sustainability, scale of impact, user experience and potential for future work progression.Preferences will be given to entries from Northeast while selecting between two similar ideas.

Skills taken into consideration for selection of the candidates: 

  • Hands-on techie with knowledge of a wide array of technologies
  • Self-motivated and passionate about technology challenges
  • Ability to design, write and test code
  • Good Communication & presentation skills
  • Minimum 7+ years of hands-on software development work
  • Ability to lead & motivate a team of 6 college students
  • Positive, ‘Can do’ attitude is a MUST
  • Passionate about helping and working with students
  • Prior participation in Hackathons would be an added benefit

Grand Finale - 36 hours non-stop digital competition

If a team is selected for the final Hackathon, members will need to travel to the assigned centre which can be anywhere in India. Selected teams will be allowed to have two seniors as mentors. Mentors can be professors/teachers/ experienced professionals from industry. On selection, total team size will be (6+2) excluding the one who promotes your team on the social media. Each college/institute will be responsible for the travel and accommodation of their teams for the finale. Each college/institute will issue a stamped photo ID to each member of the teams selected, and it is a compulsory document for participating in the finale.

Participating Ministries/Departments in Smart India Hackathon 2017

The unique initiative to identify new and disruptive digital technology innovations for solving the challenges faced by our country where the participants are the technical students from India submitting their ideas for the betterment of the listed below departments. Total 574 problems identified in the Government Departments mentioned below:

Airport Authority of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation

All India Council for Technical Education

Department of Atomic Energy

Department of Biotechnology

Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals

Department of Defense Production

Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications

Department of Rural Development

Department of Science and Technology

Indian Council of Medical Research

Indian Space Research Organisation

Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region

Ministry of AYUSH

Ministry of Earth Sciences

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

Ministry of External Affairs

Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change

Ministry of Food Processing

Ministry of HRD

Ministry of Railways

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship

Ministry of Steel

Ministry of Tourism


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