The desert town known for its camel safaris, picturesque charming havelis, leather craftmanship and home to the famous Junagarh fort, Bikaner has long been travellers’ delight.
But, from July 25 and 27, it’s going to be the hotspot not for travellers, but for passionate coders and tech enthusiasts
The reason – the fifth edition of the Rajasthan Digifest is being held in Bikaner. Digifest is a three-day mega-event that brings together business leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and changemakers to collaborate with the government of Rajasthan and strengthen the state’s tech and IT ecosystem.
Digifest today has grown to become a platform reckoned for leveraging talent and technology to speed up the pace of the development in the state. The event doubles up as a platform for talent to showcase their innovations, explore technological advancements and build key partnerships with the government of Rajasthan.
With the theme of ‘Technology for all’, the Rajasthan Digifest in Bikaner aims at building technology awareness, acknowledge the various impactful Information Technology(IT) initiatives and e-governance projects in the state and also facilitate the use of IT to further the development of the state.
Hosted by the Department of Information Technology & Communication, Government of Rajasthan, the three-day event will host various events like TecRush, Hackathon 5.0, e-Mitra Hackathon 5.0, Eduhack, Green-A-Thon, Technology Exhibition, Startup Fest and Job Fair.
The Hackathon 5.0 is a 24-hour non-stop coding marathon beginning on July 26 morning (9 AM) and ending on July 27 morning. Coder and hackers can showcase their hacks on a range of subjects such as Bhamashah (a flagship direct benefit transfer scheme), e-Mitra (Online Service Delivery platform), Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, AR/VR, Blockchain, Machine Learning, Data Warehouse and Data Mobility.
The winners will take home Rs 15 lakh worth prize, followed by second and third prize worth Rs 10 lakh and 7.5 lakh. In addition the winners will also be awarded with an exclusive opportunity to work with the Government of Rajasthan. There will also be 10 category-wise prize winners who will win laptops, tablets and phones.
The four previous editions of the Rajasthan Hackathon witnessed participation from a total of 10,000+ coders, who developed interesting smart solutions on the said themes. In the Hackthon 4.0 organised at Jaipur, Jalandhar-based AK Pal Robotic won the first prize for creating automatic robotic arm locomotive platform, based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Delhi-based startup Tech9 won the second prize for their solution of designing a smart stick for disabled people using AI, Robotics, advanced machine learning, sensors and IoT. The third winning startup was Bengaluru-based Swift Ace which used Bhamashah API to ease login on Bhamashah using single sign-on facial authentication.
With an aim to ensure participation from the remotest corners of state, every time Hackathon is organised in a different district. The first edition of the Hackthon was organised in Jaipur, followed by Kota, Udaipur and then Jaipur again.
And, to further promote the use of technology to build a sustainable future, Digifest will also host Green-A-Thon, which like the Hackathon 5.0 is a 24 hour non-stop coding marathon that will begin on July 26 morning (9AM) and end on July 27 morning. At the second edition of Green-A-Thon hackers will be working on ingenious ideas related to sustainable energy as well as ideas to tackle environmental issues. The first edition of Green-A-Thon hosted at Jaipur saw 800 coders developing sustainable solutions to make state cities smart and green.
Hackathon 5.0 and the Green-A-thon are open for all – startups, professionals, and students and does not entail participation fee. Participants have to submit an idea based on the relevant themes by July 20, post which the shortlisted teams get a chance to participate in the main offline event in Digifest Bikaner. While the participants can travel through any mode of their choice, the reimbursement cap will be limited to 2nd tier train travel expense. Basic accommodation in form of dorms will be provided to the participating teams.
The Rajasthan Digifest has grown from a gathering of 1000 to 3,00,000+ becoming one of the largest IT technology and startup fest in the country, which speaks volumes about the commitment of the State government of Rajasthan to further development by leveraging technology for good.