PM Modi Launches 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge' For Indian Techies, Start-Ups
PM Modi Launches 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge' For Indian Techies, Start-Ups

PM Modi Launches ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge’ For Indian Techies, Start-Ups

  • Central government banned 59 Chinese apps, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited India’s tech community to participate in the ‘Digital India Atmanirbhar Bharat Innovate Challenge’.
  • Electronics and Information Technology (IT) Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, in a tweet, said the Prime Minister had launched the challenge to encourage Indian application developers and innovators.
  • Everyone is aware of the huge potential and the scale products can achieve if they can satisfy the demand, he said.
  • “Today, when the entire nation is working towards creating an Atmanirbhar Bharat, it is a good opportunity to give direction to their efforts, momentum to their hard-work and mentorship to their talent to evolve apps which can satisfy our market as well as compete with the world,” he said.
  • The challenge will run in 2 tracks, which are promotion of existing apps and the development of new apps, Mr. Modi explained.
  • For promotion of existing apps and platforms across the categories of e-learning, work-from-home, gaming, business, entertainment, office utilities and social networking, the government will provide mentoring, hand-holding and support.
  • “Track-01” will work in mission mode for identifying good quality apps for the leaderboard and will be completed in around a month. For incubating new apps and platforms, the “Track-02” initiative will work to help create new champions in India by providing support in ideation, incubation, prototyping, roll out and market access.
  • The outcome of this challenge will be to give better visibility and clarity to existing apps to achieve their goals, and to create tech products to find solutions to tech conundrums with the help of mentorship, tech support and guidance during the entire life-cycle, Mr. Modi said.
  • There is tremendous scope among these sectors for new apps which solve specific issues for India and the world, he said.
  • The innovation challenge is available on-, from 4th July 2020. The late date for entries is 18th July 2020.
  • “Can we think of making traditional Indian games more popular via apps? Can we develop apps with targeted and smart access to the right age group for learning, gaming? Can we develop gaming apps for people in rehabilitation or getting counselling to help them in their journey? There are many such questions and technology alone can give answers in a creative manner,” Mr. Modi observed.

About Meity-

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is an executive agency of the Union Government of the Republic of India. It was carved out of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on 19 July 2016 as a standalone ministerial agency responsible for IT policy, strategy and development of the electronics industry.

  • Headquarters – New Delhi
  • Minister – Ravi Shankar Prasad
  • Minister of State – Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre

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