New Delhi & Pune, India, 26 March, 2018: KPIT Technologies (BSE: 532400; NSE: KPIT), a global technology company specializing in IT consulting and product engineering, announced today that it has partnered with the Indian government for the second consecutive year to support the Smart India Hackathon 2018-the world's largest nation-building initiative to harness the innovative brilliance of the youth and develop digital products for solving some of the country's pressing problems.
Smart India Hackathon, on to its second year, has two editions. The grand finale of the Software edition will be a 36-hour software product development competition, to be held on March 30th & 31st, whereas the newly-introduced Hardware edition, scheduled in June, will entail the teams working five straight days to build their hardware solutions.
Ravi Pandit, Co-Founder, Chairman & Group CEO, KPIT, said, "We believe that the young technical talent in India will be pivotal in transforming the country's innovation and start-up landscape by providing solutions that drive social inclusivity and sustainability. Smart India Hackathon gives a great platform to the youth to accelerate such a change. KPIT is proud to be a partner of this initiative again."
As part of the partnership, KPIT will be responsible to ensure smooth execution of the final event of the Software edition at the nodal center in Noida. Its volunteers were also involved in the initial screening of the entries received for the competition. Furthermore, it will also confer the KPIT Inspiration Award to the teams ranking sixth at each of the 28 centers nationally hosting the finale.
KPIT, which brings profound expertise in developing clean and intelligent technologies for the automotive industry, will be steering the automotive and smart vehicle segment of the Hardware edition. B V R Subbu, auto industry veteran and a Board of Director at KPIT will be chairing the evaluation committee of the segment.
The Smart India hackathon witnessed participation from 27 Central ministries/departments, and 17 state governments, which have sent around 340 problem statements. In the finals 1296 teams will be participating comprising of students from engineering, management, and MCA (Masters in Computer Applications) background.