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About Geospatial Hackathon

Focus: Facts for Prelims

Why in News?

Union Minister of Science & Technology recently launched Geospatial Hackathon to promote Innovation and Start-Ups in India’s Geospatial ecosystem.

About Geospatial Hackathon:

  • The Geospatial Hackathon is an event organized to create interest in geospatial technology and specifically build solutions leveraging maps and satellite data for solving India’s problems.
  • The event is launched by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with IIIT Hyderabad and Microsoft.

Structure of the Hackathon:

The Geospatial Hackathon will be divided into 2 parts:

  • Research Challenge: This part of the hackathon is organized by the National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board and IIIT Hyderabad, with the goal of promoting the use of geospatial technologies in solving real-world problems and fostering innovation in the Indian geospatial ecosystem.
  • Startup Challenge: This part of the hackathon is specific to the problem statements given by DST (Survey of India). The challenge focuses on fostering the adoption of geospatial technologies and promoting innovation in India’s Geospatial ecosystem, through Geospatial Data Processing, Solution development, and Servicing Challenge.

December 2023