PM Modi To Address Grand Finale Of Smart India Hackathon's Fourth Edition Tomorrow PM Modi (Pic Via Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the grand finale of Smart India Hackathon 2020 on 1 August via video conferencing. He will also be interacting with students on the occasion, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a statement.

The Smart India Hackathon is a nationwide initiative to provide students with a platform to solve some of the pressing problems people face in daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem-solving, the statement said.

"It has proved to be extremely successful in promoting out-of-the-box thinking in young minds," the statement added.

The first edition of Smart India Hackathon in 2017 saw participation of 42000 students which increased to one lakh in 2018 and to two lakh in 2019.

The first round of Smart India Hackathon 2020 saw participation of more than 4.5 lakh students, it said.

"The grand finale of the software edition this year is being organized online by connecting all the participants throughout the nation together over a specially-built advanced platform. More than 10,000 students will be competing to solve 243 problem statements from 37 central government departments, 17 state governments and 20 industries," the statement added.

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