PM proposes hackathon with Asian countries


India is trying to expose its students to modern technology such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.

Announcing this on 30 Sept 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “We are now trying to give exposure to modern technology like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain to our students as early as in 6th grade.”

From school to research in higher education, an ecosystem is being created that becomes a medium for innovation, he told participants at the Singapore–India Hackathon Event at IIT Chennai.

“We are encouraging Innovation and Incubation for two big reasons – one is (that) we want easy solutions to solve India’s problems, to make life easier. And another, we, in India, want to find solutions for the whole world,” stressed the Prime Minister.

“Indian Solutions for Global Application – this is our goal and our commitment.

We would also like our cost-effective solutions to be available to serve the needs of the poorest countries. Indian innovation in support of the poorest and the most deprived, no matter where they live,” assured Modi.

“I genuinely believe that technology unites people, even across countries, across continents,” he said welcoming suggestions from Singapore Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, who along with Nanyang Technical University (NTU) led Singapore participation in the Hackathon.

The Prime Minister also proposed a similar Hackathon involving Asian countries that may be interested in participating, with support from NTU and the Governments of Singapore and India.

“Let best brains in Asian countries compete to offer innovative solutions for reducing ‘Global Warming and Climate Change’,” said Modi who gave away prizes to the Hackathon participants.


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