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NASSCOM to Host India’s First Smart City Hackathon ‘The Urban Hack’

The Urban Hack

The coordination and synergy of different participant can build a Smart-City in India and thereafter a complete interconnected ecosystem and moreover an understanding of the creators on their responsibility. NASSCOM 10,000 start-ups  along with Bengaluru City Police, Embarq India, HackerEarth and IBM, is set to host a two day hackathon ‘The Urban Hack’ on October 3rd and 4th 2015. The hackathon will address the future of urbanization and the growing stress levels on the citizens living in metros; this will be first-ever smart city hackathon aimed at improving transportation, crime prevention and public safety through the use of technology.

On the commencement of the hackathon, Rajat Tandon, Vice President, NASSCOM 10,000 start-ups Program, said, “Technological progress means cities and their corresponding governance structures are no longer untouchable entities. They must be connected to their citizens directly, seamlessly. With digital innovation spreading like a creative pandemic across the globe, we must harness its potential for radical reinvention. Urban Hack is one such initiative with Bengaluru City Police, IBM and HackerEarth to empower citizens of India and to support government institutions to deliver tech enabled solutions for the 21st century”.

Starting from Bangalore, Urban Hack is being organized with an aim to use disruptive technology in order to reduce city’s traffic woes and increase public safety. Developers will be invited to participate in the 24 hours coding marathon which will be held both online and offline. The 10K Start-up Warehouse in Bengaluru will host participants who wish to choose an offline venue, while HackerEarth will host the online participants through its platform.

The participants of the hackathon will get access to IBM’s cloud based technologies and mentors for further guidance. The winners will get to work closely with the Bengaluru city police to pilot the applications.  Apart from this, they will get an opportunity to showcase their applications before seed investors and prominent VCs and win an opportunity to qualify for the NASSCOM 10k program.

Nilkanth Iyer, Country Leader, Cloud Ecosystem IBM India/South Asia, further adds, “IBM India is proud to be NASSCOM’s technology partner for the first ever Urban Hack aimed at finding solutions to overcome problems relating to safety and security in public spaces, and urban gridlocks”

Registrations will be done till 30th September.

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