Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed over 10,000 aspiring innovators at the ‘Smart India Hackathon’ via video conferencing. “Technology and innovation are powering so many changes. Things like floppies, tape recorders and walkmen are history,” Modi said. He insisted that young students use technology and innovate in an era that is technologically driven.
Modi further stressed on the need for public participation in governance. “Government can’t solve all problems, people can,” he said.
Modi also said that the “the true essence of democracy is ‘Jan Bhagidari’ (eople’s participation).”
The grand finale of the Smart India Hackathon kicked off at 8am on 1 April and will end at 8pm on 2 April.
An estimated 10,000 programmers are expected to participate in the 36-hour event finale which is being held at 26 locations in the country. The participating students will be required to produce digital solutions to 598 problems that have been identified and posted by 29 central government departments.
The problems include issues like geo-fencing of airports, online toll collection, smart traffic management, cyber attacks and smart drones to make the airspace safer.