Planning Commission05-April, 2013 18:41 IST
1900 Register for First Ever Plan Hackathon

Registrations for the first ever 32 hour Hackathon on the 12th Plan have successfully concluded, with over 1900 participants at 10 locations across India and online. The locations include University of Jammu, IIT Delhi, Delhi University, Aligarh Muslim University, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, TISS Mumbai, IIIT Hyderabad, IISc Bangalore, IIT Madras.

The Hackathon will be held on April 6th and 7th. The opening address will be conducted via a webcast at 11 AM on April 6th by Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Adviser to PM, Sam Pitroda, and Secretary, Planning Commission, Sindhushree Khullar. The webcast can be viewed live by the public at webcast.gov.in/hackathon.

Participants in the Hackathon will compete for prizes in three categories - mobile/web applications, infographics and short films. The sectors shortlisted for the Hackathon are Macroeconomic Framework, Health, Urban Development, Education and Skill Development, Energy, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Environment. Additionally, the Hackathon also features the unique “UnCover the Event” competition, where amateur event journalists will live-tweet, blog, and document the Hackathon. The winners of the best UnCover submissions will receive an audience with filmmaker, Shekhar Kapur.

To answer questions on the Hackathon, the Deputy Chairman, Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Adviser to the Prime Minister, Mr. Sam Pitroda will be doing a live chat with BBC India via its Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/bbchindi.

For more information, please visit the 12th Plan Hackathon website at data.gov.in/hackathon or follow the Planning Commission on Twitter (@PlanComIndia) and Facebook (facebook.com/PlanComIndia).

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