Pune Smart City and NITI Aayog ‘Hackathon’ to solve civic issues

ST Correspondent
Friday, 20 July 2018

The Hackathon will provide an opportunity to the developer community, startups and other organisations to come up with out of box ideas and solutions to complex citizen-centric problems in different sectors. 

Pune: Pune Smart City will host ‘Hackathon’ in partnership with NITI Aayog - an event that will be fast paced, a 48-hour challenge to develop technology solutions in overcoming citizen problems of urban mobility, solid waste management, water supply and citizens’ safety and security with emphasis on safety and security for women, children and senior citizens. 

The Hackathon will provide an opportunity to the developer community, startups and other organisations to come up with out of box ideas and solutions to complex citizen-centric problems in different 
sectors. 

It is proposed to crowdsource the problem statements through the MyGov portal of Government of India. Pune Smart City is closely working with NITI Aayog on the same.

Dr Rajendra Jagtap, Chief Executive officer (CEO) of Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) said, “It’s a great opportunity for Pune Smart City to partner with NITI Aayog and host the first ever Smart City Hackathon in Pune. We are extremely proud of this association and hope to jointly collaborate with NITI Aayog in other areas in the future as well.”

It may be recalled that a high-level meeting was recently held between adviser (Industry), NITI Aayog and team along with Chief Knowledge Officer of PSCDCL Manojit Bose. 

He said, “This is the first Smart City Hackathon in Pune in partnership with NITI Aayog to find solutions to complex problems involving the developer fraternity of Pune. We hope to build upon this partnership with NITI Aayog and leverage on each other’s strengths in taking the smart city agenda further.”

Pune holds an important place for both Maharashtra and India and has ranked second in the smart cities competition organised by the Government of India. 

Free Pune Wi-Fi, Smart Public Bicycle Sharing, Smart Placemaking, Smart Street, Redesign, Smart Command and Control Centre and Smart Elements, Lighthouse and Citizens Engagement - these are few of the successfully implemented projects of Pune Smart City.

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