NITI Aayog has launched Move Hack, a global mobility hackathon to crowdsource solutions aimed at the future of mobility in India.
Envisaged to be one of the largest hackathons globally, Move Hack is focused on 10 themes and structured over three legs: online, followed by a Singapore leg, and the finals in New Delhi.
Transportation and mobility are emerging as potential drivers of innovation and economic growth of the 21st century. Rapidly evolving technologies and business models for delivering mobility services have dramatic potential to transform the global transportation sector. Mobility that ranges from pedestrian and personal transport to public transit and freight movement is extremely critical and impacts rural and urban daily lives.
MoveHack aims to bring about innovative, dynamic, and scalable solutions to problems pertaining to mobility. The hackathon has two-pronged campaign approach: (a) Just Code It: is aimed at solutions through innovations in technology / product / software and data analysis, and (b) Just Solve It: is aimed at innovative business ideas or sustainable solutions to transform mobility infrastructure through technology.
Move Hack is open to individuals from all nationalities, making it a truly global hackathon. Registrations are open at https://www.movehack.gov.in. The top 30 teams from the online submissions will travel to Singapore for two days (Sept 1 and 2, 2018), and will be mentored by a curated group of top experts advising the teams on a host of parameters, including design improvement, business viability, technical solution and customer targeting / marketing.
The top 20 teams from Singapore leg will participate in the final round to be held in New Delhi on Sept 5 and 6, 2018.
The winners will be announced during the Move Summit 2018, which is also organised by NITI Aayog on Sept 7 and 8, 2018, in New Delhi (http://movesummit.in/) and is being inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi. Awards for the hackathon include recognising top 10 winners, with a total prize of more than Rs 2 crores.
Commenting on the launch, Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog, said, “Move Hack is the first platform in the world which has enmeshed public transport, private transport, road safety, multimodal connectivity, and new-age transport technologies such as zero emission vehicles and intra city aerial transport in a hackathon platform spearheaded by a government. We want the best minds in India and globally to compete and come up with prototypes and solutions for these challenges. India has some of the most diverse problem contexts in the world. If you can solve for India, you can solve for the world and we will help you get there.”