NITI Aayog has launched Move Hack, a global mobility hackathon to crowdsource solutions aimed at the future of mobility in India. Awards for the hackathon include recognising top 10 winners, with total prize money of more than ₹2 crore, announced the NITI Aayog in a statement.
Transportation and mobility are emerging as potential drivers of innovation and economic growth of the 21st century. Rapidly evolving technologies and business models for delivering mobility services have dramatic potential to transform the global transportation sector. Mobility that ranges from pedestrian and personal transport to public transit and freight movement is extremely critical and impacts rural and urban daily lives.
MoveHack aims to bring about innovative, dynamic and scalable solutions to problems pertaining to mobility. The hackathon has a two-pronged campaign approach:
- “Just Code It”: aimed at solutions through innovations in technology/ product/software and data analysis
- “Just Solve It”: innovative business ideas or sustainable solutions to transform mobility infrastructure through technology
"If you can solve for India, you can solve for the world"
India launches 'Global Mobility Hackathon'
Prizes of INR 20 million+
— NITI Aayog (@NITIAayog) August 2, 2018
Move Hack is open to individuals of all nationalities. The top 30 teams from the online submissions will travel to Singapore for two days (1-2 Sep 2018) and will be mentored by a curated group of top experts advising the teams on a host of parameters including design improvement, business viability, technical solution and customer targeting/marketing. The top 20 teams from Singapore leg will participate in the Final Round to be held in New Delhi on 5-6 Sep 2018.
The winners will be announced during the Move Summit 2018, which is also organised by NITI Aayog on 7-8 Sep 2018 in New Delhi and will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Commenting on the launch, Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog said in a statement, “Move Hack is the first platform in the world which has enmeshed public transport, private transport, road safety, multimodal connectivity, and new age transport technologies such as zero-emission vehicles and intracity aerial transport in a hackathon platform spearheaded by a Government. We want the best minds in India and globally to compete and come up with prototypes and solutions for these challenges. India has some of the most diverse problem contexts in the world. If you can solve for India, you can solve for the world and we will help you get there.”
— Move India Summit (@MoveSummitIndia) August 2, 2018
Move Hack is expected to unravel pioneering and ingenious solutions to pertinent mobility-related challenges and pave the way for developing integrated, interconnected and inventive global community.
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