TikTok alternative Chingari among 24 winners in PM Modi's AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge

The AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge, launched by PM Narendra Modi on July 4, saw 24 winners in nine categories following a day-long LIVE hackathon.

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TikTok alternative Chingari among 24 winners in PM Modi's AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge

Friday August 07, 2020,

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App Innovation Challenge

In a one-of-its-kind initiative to bring India’s digital innovation to the fore, PM Modi government’s AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge hackathon, which was streamed Live today, saw an overwhelming response. Among the winners was Chingari, one of the contenders for the banned Chinese app Tiktok, and a Twitter alternative Koo App, both in the social category. 

The 'AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge' supported by the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY)’s Niti Aayog along with the Atal Innovation Mission, which was launched on July 4 saw participation from nearly 7000 tech entrepreneurs and startups across the country. 

Following the Indian government’s ban on 59 Chinese apps in June, the country is being swept by a wave of ‘Made-in-India’ products and services. At the core of the ‘Vocal for Local’ call by PM Modi is the government’s ‘Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge’.

The thrust on homegrown technologies that can eventually become world beaters is increasing by the day. Support is pouring in for desi techies from all corners — government, corporates, investors, and the citizenry, of course.  

The app innovation initiative looks “to identify the best Indian apps that are already being used by citizens and have the potential to scale and become world class apps in their respective categories”. 

MeitY looks to focus on the “promotion of existing apps” as well as the “development of new apps” through the initiative. 

App Innovation challenge

The winners of the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge. Infographic by Tenzin Pema.

Below is a list of all the top 24 winners across nine categories.

CaptionPlus, MemeChat and FTC Talent apps have received first, second, and third position respectively in the Entertainment category. While Boom and Docubay were selected for the special category award.

In the News category, there were two winners, including Logically and IsEqualTo at first and second position while the special category award went to LetsUp and Paperboy.

In the Games segment, Hitwicket™ Superstars got the first position, while ScarFall: The Royale Combat and World Cricket Championship 2 (WCC2) stood at second and third position.  The special category awards went to apps Math Games, Learn Add, Subtract, Multiply & Divide; Donkey Master; and Kite Fly were nominated for the special category awards.

In the Office category, Zoho Workplace & Cliq and SureMDM have attracted first and second position respectively while Spark.Live, IamHere and Kaagaz Scanner were nominated for the special category award.

In the Health category, StepSetGo (SSG) was the first winner while iMumz was in second place. Sasta Sunder and Aurum were among the special mentions.

In the eLearning category, Disprz, Kutuki Kids Learning App, and Hello English: Learn English apps were at first, second, and third position. ChalkLit and eMedicoz were nominated for the special category award.

In the Business segment, Zoho Invoice, Books & Expense was at first position, while Mall91 and GimBooks were at second and third place. Boomer and Linq My Business got special mentions.

In the Social category, Chingari was at first place, while YourQuote and Koo stood at second position. Hidoc Dr. and Mitron TV apps were among the special category awards.

In the Others category, there were three winners, including MapmyIndia Move, AskSarkar, and myITreturn at first, second, and third position respectively. Xploree AI Keyboard and LifeHacks got the special mentions.

The top-three winners under each of the categories will get Rs 20 lakh, Rs 15 lakh, and Rs 10 lakh for first, second, and third positions, respectively, from the government.

Given the enthusiastic response to the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge, the government had decided to extend the last date of submission of entries to the challenge to July 26, 2020. Earlier, the last date for submission of entries was July 18.

It has received 901 app entries in the health and wellness segment, 1062 under e-learning, 1155 social networking apps, 326 under games, 662 office and work from home apps, 237 news, and 320 under the entertainment segment. Around 1135 app entries have been submitted under the 'others' category. 


The ministry said that the applicants were from across the country, including remote areas and small towns.

The App Challenge is classified into nine categories: 

  • Office Productivity & Work from Home
  • Social Networking
  • E-Learning
  • Entertainment
  • Health & Wellness
  • Business including Agritech and Fintech
  • News
  • Games
  • Others

With the government’s focus on an AatmaNirbhar Bharat, this is only the beginning of a new phase in the country’s digital evolution.

Edited by Dipti D