Smart India Hackathon 2020 _ UPSC

Smart India Hackathon 2020 | UPSC


Smart India Hackathon 2020 to kickstart tomorrow

      WHY IN NEWS:

Prime Minister to interact with student participants

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Human Resource Development
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Digital India : Hackathon


For PRELIMS go with aim and focus of such initiatives . Do not forget the ministry .

For MAINS do you think such events should be conducted on quarterly basis ?


Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai to facilitate 35 teams comprising 210 participants for the 5-day event  


  • Smart India Hackathon (SIH), the world’s biggest open platform for innovators and entrepreneurs start of tomorrow start on August 1, 2020.

Smart India Hackathon 2020 | UPSC

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SIH Software Edition is being conducted in fully ONLINE mode.


  • The event which is being managed centrally by MHRD’s Innovation Cell & All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
  • The institute will facilitate the 5-day operations of the SIH software edition and provide support to participants.


  • World’s Biggest Hackathon and Open Innovation model, an initiative by Ministry of HRD of India
  • This is the 4th edition of highly successful Smart India Hackathon initiative.

Involves 2 Lakh+ students with 57,000+ ideas from 2200+ institutions against 530+ problem statements provided by 120+ organizations from across India.

  • Students across India compete creatively to solve problems of Ministries, Departments and Industries to give solutions
  • Harness expertise of students from AICTE/UGC approved institutions, IITs, NITs and IISc.


  • INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS : Companies will get innovative solutions to the problems in cost effective ways Opportunity to be a part of Nation Building Opportunity to brand your company.
  • RECOGNITION AND VISIBILITY : Nationally Recognition and visibility for the companies across all premier institutions in India.
  • OUT-OF-THE-BOX SOLUTIONS : Talented youngsters from all over the country offer out-of-the-box solutions to global problems .
  • INNOVATION MOVEMENT OPPORTUNITY : It will be World’s biggest Open Innovation Movement Opportunity to work with some of the best talents in the country.

THEME 2020

No problem is too big. No idea is too small.


All students Pursuing degree or in AICTE Recognized institutes in India.

Smart India Hackathon 2020 | UPSC


  • Each problem statement has a prize amount of One Lakh Rupees.
  • This year SIH team and experts from participating ministries/ companies/ organizations will centrally monitor the performance of each student innovator during hackathon.


  • SIH is a nationwide initiative that is being is conducted every year since 2017.

This will provide students a platform to solve some of the pressing problems we face in our daily lives.

  • Thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem solving.
  • There are two formats for the Hackathon – SIH Software and SIH Hardware Editions.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

This event will also decide on funding their Innovation and on offering them an opportunity of internship or job at their organization.

     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | Smart India Hackathon 2020 | UPSC

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