Participate in Rajasthan's first-ever code-from-home online hackathon, win direct entry to Rajasthan Hackathon 5.0, a chance to launch your own startup & other great prizes
If you are a coder, developer, designer, or someone who enjoys hacking for good, then the 36-hour-long Code-From-Home online hackathon organised by the state government of Rajasthan is right up your alley.
The online hackathon opens at 6 pm on July 6 and ends at 6 am on July 8. Of the overall 36 hours, the teams have to code for 15 hours, whenever comfortable for them. It is open to participants from anywhere in the world. The organisers are looking for ingenious ideas on any of these 12 themes – Bhamashah*, e-Mitra*, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, AR/VR, Blockchain, Machine Learning, Data Warehouse, Tourism, Bioinformatics, Big Data and Data Mobility.
Win work contracts up to Rs 15 lakh and a chance to incubate your idea into a startup
The first-ever Code-From-Home online hackathon by Rajasthan is being organised as part of Challenge for Change – a flagship contest by Rajasthan’s Department of Information Technology and Communications. The contest gives startups, professionals and students the opportunity to partner with the state government to enhance the effectiveness of e-governance initiatives through technology. Youth participating will not just be winning great prizes like iPads, Tablets, Laptops, Mobiles and many more, but shall also get a direct entry to Rajasthan Hackathon 5.0 – that too all expense paid – which shall be organized in Bikaner on 26-27 July 2018.
This means that the winners of the online hackathon will also get a chance to partner with the government, without having to follow the traditional tendering process.
The winners also stand a chance to get support from the government to incubate their ideas and launch their startup. Additionally, the winners will also have a chance to receive amazing prizes such as iPhones, tablets, laptops, mobile phones, speakers and others.
Coding for a better tomorrow
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has a vision to transform Rajasthan into Digisthan, and believes that new technology, if leveraged well, can have a significant impact.
The Rajasthan Hackathons, organised over a period of last 18 months, are a part of this vision and today have grown to become a platform fuelling ingenious innovation and driving impact. Reiterating the role played by the online hackathon, the Chief Minister said, “The hackathon is not a one-off event but part of a series, aimed at engaging with the best talent of the country so that they can collaborate with us and co-create a better tomorrow for the people of the state. Four successful editions of hackathons organised by the state government so far are just a tiny glimpse of the superlative IT infrastructure support that we are building.”
Eligibility criteria and participation process
The online hackathon is free (no registration or participation fee) and is open to anyone across the globe. Each team can have a maximum of four participants. The online hackathon follows a stringent two-round selection process. Soon after registrations close, a team of experts from the Department of IT & C will shortlist the teams and share a confirmation with them. Shortlisted teams will go through another round of review and startups selected after this round will get a chance to participate.
Few pointers for the participants:
- In the 36 hours, each participant from the team has to register a minimum of 15 hours of activity. If any team member fails to register the same, the team will be disqualified.
- Participants have to be online on the Government of Rajasthan Hackathon Platform on their work stations so that the IT department’s team can monitor their inactivity.
- Participants’ prototypes or solutions must be developed during the duration of the hackathon. One can use open source libraries and other freely available systems / services.
(*Bhamashah Yojana is a scheme introduced by the Government of Rajasthan to transfer financial and non-financial benefits of governmental schemes directly to women recipients in a transparent manner. The scheme was inaugurated by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on 15 August 2014.
E-Mitra is an e-governance initiative from the Rajasthan government which is being implemented in all 33 districts of the state. It uses a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model to bring about transparency and enable citizens to easily avail various government and private services at their convenience using an e- platform.)