Central Government launches app innovation challenge to uplift Indian apps

ST Staff
Sunday, 5 July 2020


Last week, India banned 59 Chinese apps, including popular applications TikTok, SHARE it, Shein, CamScanner, among others. The decision came into place due to border disputes between India and China, and to uplift the local market in India. As PM Modi said, its a step towards being 'self-reliant'. With the banning of 59 major Chinese apps, India is bound to find alternatives and preach 'vocal for local'.

Aatmanirbhar Innovation Challenge is an initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to encourage Indian tech community. The challenge was announced on Saturday through Twitter and LinkedIn. This step is aimed  towards creating an 'Aatmanirbhar Application Ecosystem'. 

Last week, India banned 59 Chinese apps, including popular applications TikTok, SHARE it, Shein, CamScanner, among others. The decision came into place due to border disputes between India and China, and to uplift the local market in India. As PM Modi said, its a step towards being 'self-reliant'. With the banning of 59 major Chinese apps, India is bound to find alternatives and preach 'vocal for local'.

PM Narendra Modi posted the challenge on his Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. His tweet read, "This challenge is for you if you have such a working product or if you feel you have the vision and expertise to create such products. I urge all my friends in the tech community to participate."
As per the reports, essentially the Aatmanirbhar Innovation Challenge will be regulated under the Ministry of Electronics and Information. The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) will tag along with PM's new challenge with two objectives, one is to promote existing apps and the second is to develop new apps.

PM Modi's LinkedIn post read, "Today, when the entire nation is working towards creating an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, it is a good opportunity to give direction to their efforts, momentum to their hard-work and mentorship to their talent to evolve Apps which can satisfy our market as well as compete with the world."

The challenge will proceed in two tracks. Under track 1, within a month, the government plans to finish identifying top-notch applications for the leader-board. Categories considered are E-Learning, Work from home, gaming, business, entertainment, etc. Under track 2, the aim is to provide support to new emerging techies with ideation, prototyping and market access.

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