Smart India Hackathon: Top Features

IAS Prelims 2023

The ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’ has been launched in collaboration with i4c, MyGov, Persistent Systems, NASSCOM and Rambhau Mhalgi Pabodini.

‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’ has been launched to build Digital India of our dreams and to engage our youth directly with nation building.

About 30 different Govt departments/ministries are involved as partners eg. Ministry of Railways, External affairs, Steel, Postal Services, ISRO, NCPCR, etc.

For the first time, govt. departments were directly engaging with students and challenging them to build digital solutions to improve their efficiency, plug revenue leakages and corruption.

Smart India Hackathon 2017 will be 36 hrs non-stop digital product development competition during which teams of thousands of technology students will build innovative digital solutions for the problems posted by 29 different central govt. ministries/ departments e.g. Ministry of Railways, External Affairs, Ministry of Defense, ISRO, Ministry of Tourism, Dept. of Atomic Energy, etc.

The ‘Grand Finale’ of Smart India Hackathon 2017 will be organized, simultaneously across 26 different cities and the winners will get support for converting their ideas into startups apart from cash prizes.

Through Smart India Hackathon it is hoped to create ‘world’s biggest open innovation model’ that other countries can replicate.

The concept of Hackathon is still new in India, so AICTE has arranged 26 awareness workshops across India to sensitize students about Smart India Hackathon 2017. These workshops helped connect students with problems of our nation.

Smart India Hackathon 2017’ will establish the model of using our demographic dividend (student community) for national development.


Total Number of Departments participating 29 ( and NIC + MyGOV for Tech support)
Departments giving problem statements 29
Number of Problem Statements Given 598
Total Number of Teams sending entries 7531
Number of Participants Per team 6
Number of Students applying 40,000+
Total Number of Colleges participated 2183
Total Number of Teams shortlisted  for Hackathon 1266 in List 1 and 75 in List 2
Team confirmed participation 1268
Total Teams with  Mentors 1058 (some team still do not have mentors)
Mentor  (2 Mentors per selected Team) 2110
Total participants during Grand Finale Approx.9500 to 10,000