Government of India’s open data hackathon:

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Invitation for applications for the Indian government’s first ever hackathon mopped up 400 plus registrations in the first round of registration. If you missed the March 25th deadline, fret not, for the second round of registration commences on March 28th and ends April 2nd. The hackathon encourages creation of visualizations, short films or computer applications (apps) using the content of the 12th Five Year Plan. It will be held across 11 locations (online participation is also allowed), on April 6th and 7th, across the country and is being organized by the National Innovation Council (NIC) and the Planning Commission.

The main idea behind the hackathon is to boost awareness and generate interest in building of third-party apps for the Indian government’s open data portal (https://data.gov.in/). The portal was was set-up in 2012 to showcase open datasets, using which rich applications and visualizations could be built, through the use of open APIs (application programming interface).

Teams can be up to four individuals and there can only be multiple entries per team in different categories. Besides hacking, one can also take part in the conference is by ‘uncovering’ the event. This can be done by tweeting, blogging, taking pictures or through a short film.

Prizes to be won are different for each category:

  • Visualization category for each location:
    1st Prize: Rs. 15,000/- + Certificates of Appreciation to the team
    2nd Prize: Rs. 10,000/- + Certificates of Appreciation to the team
    3 Consolation Prizes: Certificates of Appreciation for the teams
  •  Short Films and Applications categories for each location:
    1st Prize: Rs. 25,000/- + Certificates of Appreciation to the team
    2nd Prize: Rs. 15,000/- + Certificates of Appreciation to the team
    3 Consolation Prizes: Certificates of Appreciation for the teams
  •  Prizes for online participants:
    Same as above for each category
  •  Prizes for UnCover winners:
    Certificates of Appreciations + Google Hangout opportunity with Shekhar Kapur

Here’s how you can register. Follow all the updates on Facebook here.