Tech Mahindra, NITI Aayog to Launch First Smart City Hackathon

Tech Mahindra, NITI Aayog and Pune Smart City, ‘Smart City Hackathon’

Tech Mahindra announced its collaboration with NITI Aayog and Pune Smart City Development Corporation to launch the first ‘Smart City Hackathon’ at the Pune University campus for developers and startups across India.

Pune Idea Factory Foundation (PIFF), a wholly owned subsidiary of Pune Smart City Develop Corporation Limited (PSCDCL), has been set up as a non-profit organization dedicated to boost the start-up ecosystem in Pune. To drive its innovation agenda, PIFF has drawn a detailed roadmap encompassing multiple initiatives.

The aim of this hackathon is to innovate, crowdsource and develop solutions for issues like urban mobility, solid waste management, water supply, citizen safety & security. The hackathon will comprise of developers including working professionals, startups and students, who can participate as individuals or in teams of maximum five people.

The Hackathon participants will be encouraged to put on the technology hats and provide sustainable solutions for the city. The solution can either be an up-and-running product or an innovative idea with a working prototype. To make this Hackathon a level playing field for all, the teams will be evaluated on two separate tracks, namely Solutionthon and Ideathon, depending upon the maturity of their proposed solution, with the top solutions likely to be deployed in the city.

Anna Roy, Advisor, Niti Aayog, said, “NITI is very happy to collaborate with Pune Smart City and a technology leader like Tech Mahindra to explore how frontier technologies can be leveraged to address city specific issues. The rate of urbanization being witnessed in India and given the commitment of the government to improve the quality of life of citizens it becomes very important to take such initiatives. Through this hackathon, we propose to involve the citizens of Pune in the future development of the city and to attract innovators to provide solutions for its various problems. Thus, we not only address the urbanization issues but also help nurture the research and innovation eco system in the country”.

“Pune is a key center for Tech Mahindra, as the city has offered us both good talent and avenues to grow. We are humbled with this opportunity to serve this city through our core competency of technology, and facilitate a mélange of ideas to solve urban governance challenges. The Smart City Hackathon through co-creation and co-innovation will enable the creation of an ecosystem where next gen technologies like Artificial Intelligence are applied to make citizen’s life easier”, said Jagdish Mitra, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, Tech Mahindra.

This announcement comes on the back of Tech Mahindra’s continued commitment towards nation building and creating future ready sustainable solutions. As part of its TechMNxt charter, Tech Mahindra is focused on leveraging power of NewAge Delivey platform, co-create solutions to build a smart future. The much-awaited offline hackathon event will be held in Savitribai Phule Pune University campus on September 29, 2018.

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