The initiative will provide a platform to budding developers to build a world-class app
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | September 29, 2016
To provide an opportunity to latent app developers and a chance to reveal their prowess, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) in association with Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, has announced the launch of #HackForIndia v2. The initiative is intended to provide a platform to budding app developers to build world-class apps. Spread over 120 days across 14 cities, #HackForIndia v2 will focus on apps developed in categories such as HealthTech, FinTech, AgriTech, EduTech, Sanitation, Clean Energy, Governance and Open Category.
Apart from the prize money, app developers stand to get a chance to have leading internet companies as their mentors. During #HackForIndia v1 last year, some of the app developers received mentorship from companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, HelpChat and VMAX.
Commenting on the launch of #HackForIndia v2, Dr Subho Ray, President, IAMAI, said, “The next wave of growth in Indian mobile apps is being driven by the increased usage of smartphones coupled with low mobile tariffs bridging the digital divide between metros, non-metros and rural areas. This is the reason why we are focusing on the non-metros to create apps that have relevance in our daily life.”
“The initiative of IAMAI to reach out to 14 cities in 14 different states through a Hackathon is a commendable initiative. Time has come to explore the talents of the youth in tier 2 and 3 cities of India and to exhort them to find local solutions for national problems. #HackforIndia is well aligned with ‘Startup India’, a vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This would help us build a pipeline of future start-ups from low-income states and the hinterlands of our country,” said Harkesh Kumar Mittal, Advisor and Head, National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board, Department of Science and Technology.
IAMAI will conduct #HackForIndia v2 in Patna, Ranchi, Patiala, Mysore, Kanpur, Srinagar, Guwahati, Gangtok, Bhubaneshwar, Jabalpur, Coimbatore, Cochin, Visakhapatnam and Goa.