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#OpenGovDataHack-Bhubaneswar, Odisha during 28th and 29th Oct 2017

A. K. Hota, Odisha ak[dot]hota[at]nic[dot]in
  |   Oct 30, 2017
IT Secretary addressing in award giving ceremony
IT Secretary addressing in award giving ceremony

Participants during Inaugural session
Participants during Inaugural session

Open Government Data (OGD) Platform India of National Informatics Centre (NIC) in association with Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) & StartUp India organized a 24 hours Hackathon - “#OpenGovDataHack”  at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) Technology Business Incubator (TBI),  Bhubaneswar on October 28th  and 29th , 2017.

This Hackathon was organized for students, entrepreneurs, innovators, start-ups, developers, academicians and communities to create unique and innovative service delivery applications & info-graphics to foster innovation by using Open Government Data.

Sri Rudra Narayan Palai, ITS, Special Secretary, Electronics & IT Govt of Odisha  inaugurated the event at KIIT TBI on October 28th in presence of Shri Manoj Panda, Head TCS Bhubaneswar Centre & officers from NIC & OCAC.

52 teams with 198 team members have been part of this 24 hours mega non-stop application coding event. Teams from various engineering colleges and startups from Odisha have developed applications in different sectors like Transport, Education, Crime, Health and Water & Sanitation sector.  

Sri Ashok K.K. Meena,IAS Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Electronics and IT Department, Govt. of Odisha felicitated the selected teams at the closing ceremony on October 29th. Apart from the six awards given by MeitY, KIIT TBI & Karma also sponsored four awards to encourage participants from Odisha. In addition, KIIT TBI will provide mentorship as well as incubation support to all the winning teams for two months. 8 teams from Bhubaneswar Hackathon of Apps development category would move to the national level. 

The #OpenGovDataHack was organized in 7 Indian cities. Selected Apps at Bhubaneswar will be eligible for mentoring and a national challenge. The total final prize money will be more than rupees 5 lakhs.

The jury included Prof Saroj Nayak & Prof. Manoranjan Satpathy from IIT Bhubaneswar, Shri Aseem Mishra, CTO,KIIT TBI, Sri S. Mahapatra, MD, SakRobotix Lab, Dr. Ashis Mahapatra, TD, and Shri Niladri B. Mohanty, Scientist-C from NIC. The parameters which were used to evaluate the apps / infographics include idea & potential, visual appeal, wireframe, technology used & OGD dataset used.

NIC OGD team from New Delhi and Bhubaneswar extended necessary mentoring to the participants in the 24 hrs coding process. The team comprising Shri D P Misra, Shri Tapan Ray, Shri Malay Pattanayak, Dr. Ashis Mahapatra, Shri Nihar Biswal, Shri Varun Gupta, Shri Akhilesh Srivastava under the leadership of Dr. A. K. Hota co-ordinated the entire event with able support from KIIT team led by Dr. Mrutyunjay Suar, CEO,KIIT TBI, Shri Sitansu Mohapatra from NIC OGD & Shri Tushar Singh from IAMAI. Volunteers drawn from KIIT e-Cell did a wonderful job to beautifully manage the entire event including logistics support. 

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