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Inauguration of Smart India Hackathon 2023 grand finale at Forge

Inauguration of Smart India Hackathon 2023 grand finale at Forge

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Inauguration of Smart India Hackathon 2023 grand finale at Nodal Centre : Coimbatore Innovation and Business Incubator Forge

Smart India Hackathon (SIH) is a nationwide initiative by the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell to provide students a platform to solve the pressing problems of the government, ministries, departments, industries and other organizations. SIH has been acclaimed as the world’s biggest open innovation model and it inculcates the culture of product innovation and problem-solving among students. SIH is conducted every year since 2017 in two formats i.e. SIH Software and SIH Hardware Editions for higher education students. Last year in 2022, Smart India Hackathon – Junior was also introduced for school students to build a culture of Innovation and problem-solving attitude at the school level.

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The scope of the Smart India hackathon has been widening with every passing year since its launch in 2017. The increased enthusiasm among participating students and problem statement provider organizations could be seen in their growing participation over the years. Every year SIH is impacting lakhs of students and provides them a national platform to test their educational learnings in real-world problem-solving. It also aligns their interest toward Innovation and entrepreneurship.

Smart India Hackathon 2023 grand finale is scheduled from 19th December to 23rd December, 2023. Smart India hackathon has witnessed huge participation from Ministries, departments, PSUs, and private organizations in providing problem statements. SIH 2023 has offered 231 problem statements received from 51 departments of 25 Ministries.

12000+ participants will participate in this year’s SIH grand finale at national level. These SIH teams along with 2500+ Mentors will travel to the assigned nodal center and will work on these problem statements during the grand finale of SIH 2023.

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India has been interacting with the student participants of the Smart India Hackathon every year since its inception and the PM is expected to interact with the students this year again on the evening of 19th December, 2023.

Each year Smart India Hackathon is conducted at various nodal centers, where selected student teams, industry representatives, design mentors, and evaluators travel to the assigned physical centers.

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Forge was selected as one of the nodal centers to facilitate the Smart India Hackathon Hardware edition. Forge (Coimbatore Innovation and Business Incubator) is catalysing national-scale industrial digital transformation by enabling Government and Industry to collaborate with Startups as Innovation & Growth Partners. By combining industrial innovation labs, innovation grants, startup seed capital, knowledge resources & program management capabilities, and global partner networks, Forge drives startup success.

Forge is hosting The Smart India Hackathon 2023 at its 20000sqft innovation hub at Coimbatore with 25 teams and over 150 student innovators from 13 states for an exciting collaboration. These teams will delve into 5 distinct Problem Statements sourced from 3 key Ministries: Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. This intense hackathon runs for 5 days, offering 120 hours of non-stop innovation and problem-solving.

The Smart India Hardware Hackathon 2023 inauguration commenced on 19th December 2023 at Forge.Factory, ushering in a spirited exploration of innovation and technological prowess. The hackathon highlights the collaborative effort of the nation’s bright minds in addressing real-world challenges through technology. Distinguished guests, including industry leaders and experts, graced the occasion, sharing valuable insights and emphasizing the importance of youth engagement in innovation. The inauguration, both nationwide and local, featured ceremonial elements and speeches by esteemed personalities, marking the official commencement of the hackathon.

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