Microsoft supports NITI Aayog in addressing country’s challenges

To foster technology-led innovation in the country, the Microsoft India has pledged support to NITI Aayog in MoveHack, a global mobility hackathon inviting solutions, prototypes and ideas to address challenges faced by India in mobility and transportation.

As cloud partner for the hackathon, Microsoft will offer Azure cloud credits of up to 25,000 dollars to winners who build B2B solutions, in addition to 200 dollars worth of Azure credits to every participant.

According to the NITI Aayog, the hackathon, which was launched on August 1, has received more than 35,000 registrations so far from over 25 countries.

Additionally, Microsoft Research (MSR) India will consider incubating and offer funding and/or resource support to winners who leverage AI to build their solutions. This will be a part of a new incubation program started by MSR, wherein the organization is working with academia, government and entrepreneurs to help incubate technologies for societal impact, with special emphasis on cloud and AI platforms.

Funding will be determined individually for each project that meets the selection criteria; based on the scope of the project and associated resource requirements.

Speaking on this, Anna Roy, Adviser, NITI Aayog, said, “MoveHack is a unique opportunity for the best minds from across the globe to tackle challenges in mobility and transportation that India offers. We have tied up with Smart Cities, Central and State Ministries to implement the best solutions from this hackathon, in addition to opening up our ecosystem for commercialisation of these products/prototypes. MoveHack is a one of its kind challenge to solve for India, and as an extension, solve for the world. We appreciate the partnership with Microsoft.”

MoveHack is a global mobility hackathon which invites innovative, dynamic and scalable solutions improve to mobility and transportation in India. It is open to participants of all nationalities and is divided into two categories: Just Code It and Just Solve It. While the former is focused at solutions based on innovations in technology/product/software and data analysis, the latter is for innovative business ideas or sustainable solutions to transform mobility infrastructure through technology.

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