In the age of the gig economy and remote working, it’s but natural for things other than work — events, competitions, etc — to offer flexibility. The Government of Rajasthan, in another breakaway from convention, has launched code-from-home Online Hackathon 2018. The announcement comes soon after the Hon’ble Rajasthan Chief Minister (CM) Vasundhara Raje was conferred the Chief Minister of the Year award for her remarkable work in e-governance.
Building on the Rajasthan government’s iStart startup programme, the online hackathon is a part of Challenge for Change — a platform of the Rajasthan’s Department of Information Technology and Communications (DoITC) which gives startups, professionals, and students the opportunity to work with the state government to develop innovative technology-based solutions to resolve problems and bring in desired change in different industries.
Challenge for Change, launched in August 2017 as part of the state’s flagship iStart initiative, has registered more than 133K people so far. It is currently running contests to solve problems in the wool industry, agritech, and mining.
The Online Hackathon will offer the winner a direct entry into the all-expense-paid Rajasthan Hackathon 5.0 in Bikaner and a chance to launch their startup.
Online Hackathon 2018: A 36-Hour Coding Competition
The state government is looking for ingenious ideas on any of these 12 themes — Bhamashah Yojana, e-Mitra, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, augmented reality/virtual reality, blockchain, machine learning, data warehouse, tourism, bioinformatics, big data, and data mobility.
The 36-hour hackathon is open to any coder, developer, designer, or anyone who enjoys building technology solutions. It is being organised from 6 PM on July 6 and will end at 6 AM on July 8 (IST). Of the total 36 hours, the participants have to code for select 15 hours, whenever it suits them. Click here for more details.