The 5G Hackathon is open to developers, students, start-ups, SMEs, academic institutions and registered companies in India and non-resident Indians (NRIs). Stakeholders can participate as individuals or as a team to present cases for the 5G network in the Indian context.
In its endeavor to identify and promote applications relevant to India in the 5G realm, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has launched 5G Hackathon in association with a number of governments, academia and 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 from February 21, 2020 and culminate in a grand felicitation ceremony at India Mobile Congress. Winners of the various phases will share a total prize the pool of 2.5 crores, and a unique 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 and OEMs.
5G technology provides quantum leap over 4G in terms of speed, peak data rate, latency, spectrum efficiency and connection density. The most distinct feature is its application in different economic verticals. 5G Hackathon will convert innovating ideas into products and solutions in different verticals and develop India specific use cases around 5G. Various phases of the Hackathon broadly include preliminary submission of ideas, selection of 100 best ideas, mentorship and support from the Hackathon partners, development of solutions/products, selection and testing of 30 best solutions/ products on 5G trial the network followed by felicitation of the three best ideas during India Mobile Congress (IMC), 2020. Participants can develop 5G solutions from across 10 categories including healthcare, education and governance, agritech and livestock, environment, public safety and disaster management enterprise, smart cities and infrastructure, cybersecurity, banking, finance and insurance, logistics and transportation, multimedia and broadcast, among others. The government will set up a jury comprising of academicians, industry leaders and subject experts around the country to facilitate assessment and short-listing of submissions.