Spread over 120 days, across 14 cities, #HackForIndia v2 will focus on apps developed in the following categories: HealthTech; FinTech; AgriTech; EduTech; Sanitation; Clean Energy; Governance and Open Category.
India is at the cusp of the app revolution with its overwhelming developers’ talent pool and increasing smartphone usage. However, for that to happen, developers would have to develop a world class app to stand out, as uninstall rates are very high. Gone are the days where one would build any app and hope for it to be a success just because there were very few options.
To provide an opportunity to latent app developers and a chance to reveal their prowess, IAMAI in association with Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, today announced the launch of #HackForIndia v2, wherein it will provide a platform to budding app developers to build a world class app. Spread over 120 days, across 14 cities, #HackForIndia v2 will focus on apps developed in the following categories: HealthTech; FinTech; AgriTech; EduTech; Sanitation; Clean Energy; Governance and Open Category.
Apart from prize money, app developers stand to get a chance to have leading internet companies as mentors. During #HackForIndia v1 last year, some of the app developers, received mentorship with internet companies like Facebook, Microsoft, HelpChat and VMAX. Launching #HackForIndia v2, Dr. Subho Ray, President – IAMAI, said, “The next wave of growth in the 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.”
IAMAI will conduct #HackForIndia v2 in Patna, Ranchi, Patiala, Mysore, Kanpur, Srinagar, Guwahati, Gangtok, Bhubaneshwar, Jabalpur, Coimbatore, Cochin, Visakhapatnam and Goa. Speaking about #HackForIndia v2, Shri Harkesh Kumar Mittal, Advisor & Head, National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board of Department of Science and Technology, said, “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 & 3 cities of India and to exhort them to find local solutions for the National problems. #HackforIndia is well aligned to “Startup India”, a vision of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. This would help us build a pipeline of future startups from the low income states and the hinterlands of our country.”
According to IAMAI – ICRIER Report – An Inquiry Into The Impact of India’s APP Economy, the sector has the potential of creating more than 600,000 jobs by 2016, with the industry size pegged at over INR. 2,000 crore.