The Indian Institute of Technology in Madras (IIT-Madras) recently organized Singapore–India Hackathon 2019, which took place on 28-29 September in collaboration with Singapore’s Nanyang Technical University (NTU). The themes of the competition included good health and well-being, quality education and affordable, clean energy.
As one of the top three most startup-friendly ecosystems, India has focused on innovation and incubations through several programs that Prime Minister Narendra Modi cited as the foundation of 21st century India. These include Atal Innovation Mission, the PM research fellowship and the Startup India initiative.
During the prize distribution ceremony of the event, Modi was present to deliver a speech in which he stated that innovations and startups will play significant roles to help India achieve its economic goal of reaching US$5 trillion in its economic valuation.
“The country is trying to promote modern technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, and blockchain among students from as early as the sixth grade to create an ecosystem that becomes a medium for innovation,” he added.
Modi also explained that India is promoting innovation for two reasons, stating:
“One is we want easy solutions to solve India’s problems to make life easier. And another we in India want to find solutions for the whole world. India solutions for global application, this is our goal and our commitment.”
Additionally, the PM proposed a hackathon that includes ASEAN member states to seek sustainable and effective solutions to global warming and climate change issues.
In November last year, the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the All India Council for Technical Education also worked with Singapore’s NTU to organize a 36-hour competition dubbed as ‘Smart Campus.’ The hackathon hosted 20 teams of three university students, each from India and Singapore.
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