Climate Change: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for collaborative efforts among the “best brains in Asian countries to offer innovative solutions” to fight the menace of global warming and climate change. 

  • He was addressing at a prize distribution ceremony of the Singapore-India Hackathon 2019 at IIT-Madras Research Park.
  • The PM of India also invites Asian countries that may be interested in participating in a similar hackathon.
Why India is a destination for innovation and incubation?
  • The innovation and incubation in India will come with easy solutions for the country’s problems and solutions for the rest of the world. 
  • Indian Solutions for Global Application - this is the goal and commitment of Indian Innovation centers.
What is Incubation?:
  • Incubation is focused on supporting startups which use modern technologies as the primary means of innovation
Singapore-India ties:
  • The close ties between India and Singapore have a history rooted in strong commercial, cultural and people-to-people links.
  • India's connection with Singapore dates back to the Pallava Era and they got extended up to the southeast Asian countries.
  • Singapore remained India’s top foreign investment destination. Around 8,000 Indian companies are having their base in Singapore.
  • Singapore helping India in the formation of skill training centers in states of Assam, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.
What is Hackathon?:
  • A hackathon is an event in which participants solving major problems like agriculture distress, traffic problems etc prevailing in our society.
Aim of Singapore-India Hackathon 2019:
  • To promote engagement and collaboration of student community in India with the rest of the world and to develop innovative and out- of -the- box solutions for some of the daunting problems faced by our societies.
 Key Highlight Singapore-India Hackathon 2019:
    • The  Singapore India Hackathon, an initiative of  Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, is the first of its kind joint International hackathon between India and any other country. 
    • India holds the second edition of the joint hackathon with Singapore, the ‘Singapore India Hackathon 2019’  at IIT Madras on Sep 28 and 29, 2019. 
  • This year the hackathon is focused on three pivotal themes, ‘Good Health and well-being’, ‘Quality Education’ and ‘Affordable and Clean Energy’.
  • The 2nd Edition of India-Singapore Hackathon was co-organised by The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), MHRD’s Innovation Cell (MIC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) along with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and NTUitive Pte Ltd.
  • During the non-stop, fast-paced 36 hours Singapore India Hackathon, the students will develop creative and innovative solutions focused on the themes. 
  • The 1st edition of the Singapore India Hackathon was held at NTU, Singapore on November 2018, based on the theme ‘Smart Campus’.
  • 20 teams with 6 team members each (3 members from India and 3 members from Singapore) to participate.
  • Each team to have 2 mentors (1 from India and 1 from Singapore).
  • Top 4 teams will win prizes ($10,000, $8,000, $6,000 and $4,000 respectively) along with 6 more teams with Encouragement prizes ($2,000 per team).
  • ‘Prize of Encouragement’ for 6 more teams with $2,000 per team for solutions that have high potential to take forward. 
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