Students will be seeking innovative solutions for around 600 problems of 29 ministries and government departments related to improving their efficiency, plugging revenue leakages and corruption.  The most innovative ideas will be selected through a competition called 'Smart India Hackathon 2017' which has been launched by All India Council of Technical Education under the aegis of Ministry of HRD in collaboration with NASSCOM. 

A 36-hour non-stop digital product development competition called Smart India Hackathon 2017 will be held in April during which teams of thousands of technology students will build innovative digital solutions for the problems posted by 29 different central government ministries and departments. 

The problems to which the technology students will be finding innovative solutions during the Hackathon will include real time monitoring of cyber attacks, pattern recognition system for marine animals and online toll payment system to avoid delays at toll gates. The Ministry of HRD has also posted a problem of real time monitoring of teacher attendance.   

More than 42,000 students submitted their ideas for the 600 problems which were posted by the ministries and government departments. Around 10,000 participants have been shortlisted for a grand finale on 1 and 2 April during which these teams will work non-stop for 36 hours to build products based on their ideas across 26 locations in India. 

Apart from winning prizes worth Rs 50 lakh, many of the ideas may get selected by NASSCOM, AICTE and Department of Science and Technology among others for being converted into start-ups. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that they will also get necessary funds. "The concerned ministry will make it into a prototype and it will give the funds," said Javadekar.  

Most of the students showed interest in solving problems of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. "There were 672 teams which applied for giving ideas on solving problems of Ministry of Road and Transport. Out of them 84 teams were selected," said Javadekar.  

 The largest number of participants are from Maharashtra. Altogether 269 teams of students have been selected for the Smart India Hackathon.