Entries open for 5G Hackathon, prizes up to Rs 2.5 Cr: DoT

New Delhi: In its endeavour to identify and promote applications relevant to India in the 5G realm, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) announced that it has launched ‘5G Hackathon’ in association with a number of government, academia & industry stakeholders. Aimed at shortlisting India focused, cutting-edge ideas that can be converted into workable 5G products and solutions, the Hackathon will be spread across three phases beginning 21 February and culminating in a grand felicitation ceremony at India Mobile Congress on 16 October.

Winners of the various phases will share a total prize pool of Rs 2.5 crore, and an opportunity to scale and implement their 5G applications to make them market ready with the support of DoT, MeitY and a number of leading industry, academia, telcos & OEMs.

5G technology provides a “quantum leap” over 4G in terms of speed, peak data rate, latency, spectrum efficiency, and connection density. The most distinct feature is applications in different economic verticals. The 5G Hackathon will convert innovative ideas into products and solutions in different verticals and develop India specific use-cases around 5G.

Phases of the Hackathon broadly include preliminary submission of ideas, selection of the 100 best submissions, mentorship and support from the Hackathon partners, development of solutions & products, selection and testing of the 30 best solutions & products on a 5G trial network, followed by felicitation of the 3 winning ideas during India Mobile Congress (IMC), 2020.

Participants can develop 5G solutions from across 10 categories including healthcare, education & governance, agricultural tech & livestock, environment, public safety & disaster management enterprise, smart cities & infrastructure, cyber security, banking, fFinance & insurance, logistics & transportation, and multimedia & broadcast, among others.

The 5G Hackathon is open to developers, students, startups, SMEs, academic institutions & registered companies in India & NRIs. Stakeholders can participate as individuals or as a team to present use cases for the 5G network in the Indian context.

A jury comprising of academicians, industry leaders, and subject matter experts from around the country will be established to facilitate assessment and shortlisting of submissions. Further details of the contest can be found on the 5G Hackathon website.

The 5G Hackathon is being organised in association with NITI Aayog, MEITY, Digital India, Startup India, MSME, C-DoT, DST, TCOE India, TEPC, TSDSI, COAI, India Mobile Congress, KPMG, Academic Institutions IITs/IIIT/REC, Industry, and more.

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