Planning Commission And National Innovation Council To Organise ‘Hackathon’

Don’t let the name of the event fool you. No, the Planning Commission (PC) and the National Innovation Council (NIC) are not calling ‘hackers’ in the traditional sense of the term to test how strong cyber security measures in India are.

To give you a heads up, both these bodies are involved in chalking out the 5-year plans that work as a roadmap for India’s growth plans. While the 12th Five Year Plan looks to ‘change’ India’s story, the Planning Commission and National Innovation Council look to give the Indian youth a chance to give ‘vision’ to this Plan. By ‘vision’ I mean they are inviting graphic designers, coders, film-makers to give the 5-Year Plan a visual identity – to make short-films, infographics, posters, animation films, mobile and web apps that put forth all the ideas and concepts of the 5-Year Plan.

FireShot Screen Capture #056 - 'Data Portal India I India' - www_data_gov_in_hackathon

This event has been called Hackathon and will run for two days – 6th and 7th April, 2013. The reason behind the name, according to the organizing bodies is, “Hack the Plan over a 2-day period, create out-of-this-world visualizations of the future, tell the next big story in a myriad ways and build apps to fuel the change.”

Anyone can register for this event. There will be tow registration rounds; the first will be between March 22 – March 23, 2013 and the second will be between March 28 – April 2, 2013.

Hackathon will be held simultaneously across 11 destinations in India – University of Jammu, IIT Delhi, Delhi University, Aligarh Muslim University, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, TISS Mumbai, IIIT Hyderabad, IISc Bangalore, IIT Madras, and IIM Shillong as well as on virtual/online platforms.

I think this a great idea to involve the youth of the country and to get them to know more about the 12th 5-Year Plan. Also, given the interactive and beautiful way in which this data will be put forward will be reason good enough for the layman to take an active look into the Plan.

What do you think of this endeavor? Let me know.

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