Given the enthusiastic response to the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge, the government has decided to extend the last date of submission of entries to the Challenge to 26 July 2020, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITy) said in a release on Friday (17 July).
The deadline for submission of entries to the Innovation Challenge, which was launched on 4 July by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has now been extended from 18 July to 26 July.
The Challenge is hosted on the Innovate portal of MyGov, which is a citizen engagement platform founded by the government to promote the active participation of Indian citizens in the country's governance and development.
The ministry said that the App Innovation Challenge has seen a very enthusiastic response from tech entrepreneurs and startups from across the country.
"So far 2353 entries have been received across the 8 categories identified. These include 1496 from individuals and about 857 from organizations and companies," the ministry said.
Of the total entries received from individuals, around 788 applications are ready to use and the remaining 708 are under development.
"For the Apps submitted by organizations, 636 Apps have already been deployed and the remaining 221 are under development," it said.
The category wise breakup of the apps submitted include 380 under Business, 286 under Health & Wellness, 339 under E Learning, 414 under Social Networking,136 under Games, 238 under Office & Work from Home, 75 under News and 96 under Entertainment.
As many as 389 apps have been submitted under the 'others' category, with around 100 of these having more than 100,000 downloads.
The ministry said that the applicants for the Challenge hail from all over the country including remote and small towns.
The ministry asserted that AatmaNirbhar Bharat App ecosystem has the potential to unlock value for the Indian tech startups and help them get a pie of the multi trillion-dollar app economy.
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