JKEDI to host 'Smart Hackathon' from Tuesday

Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) is hosting the first ever ‘Smart JK Hackathon’ from Tuesday, May 28 to July 5 under the J&K Startup Policy.

Being the nodal agency for the implementation of J&K Startup Policy 2018, the institute will be conducting the state-level ‘Hackathon’ to provide students, dropouts, professionals a platform to solve some of pressing problems people face in their daily lives, according to a statement issued by the JKEDI.

Hackathon is a digital programming competition aimed at identifying disruptive and non-disruptive digital technological innovations for solving the challenges faced by the public, businesses and industry. This initiative aims to institutionalize a model for harnessing the creativity and technical expertise of students and innovators which would in turn inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem solving among the youth.

JKEDI in consultation with Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, GoI and other stake holders from Jammu and Kashmir have identified six problem statements to which students are expected to provide innovative, sustainable digital solutions. The focus areas shall be Agriculture, Solid Waste Management, Horticulture, Tourism, Handicrafts/Handloom and Smart City.

A separate portal for the Hackathon shall be created on JKEDI website for the registration of ideas from May 29 onwards. Mentors for scaling up of the ideas shall be offered by JKEDI for further value addition and incubation.

On May 28, the 39-day long Hackathon shall be launched formally and problem statement shall be issued in the popular media.