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India holds hackathon on national plan

The Indian Planning Commission and National Innovation Council are jointly organising their first ever hackathon on India’s 12th national Five-Year Plan.


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The Planning Commission, responsible for the formulation of India’s national Five-Year Plans determining the priorities of the economy, has invited students and professionals to participate in the 32-hour hackathon to help the government visualise and present India’s 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-2017).

More than 1900 designers, developers, coders and film-makers have registered to participate in the event on 6-7 April to help narrate the 12th Plan by developing infographics, short films, software applications, and mobile or web apps. Prizes will be awarded in three categories – mobile/webs apps, visualisations, and short films.

Through the hackathon, the government is encouraging young developers in India to use publicly available data to create applications for citizens and spread awareness on important social, economic, and political issues in the country.

The event will be held at 11 leading universities across the country. Developers can also participate virtually by accessing resources uploaded online by the Planning Commission, and submitting creations online.

Earlier this year, the Planning Commission held their first Google Hangout session to interact with citizens and inform them about critical aspects of the 12th Plan.

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