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NITI Aayog Launches Global Hackathon on Artificial Intelligence

The Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog, Rajiv Kumar addressing media after the 4th meeting of Governing Council of NITI Aayog, in New Delhi on June 17, 2018. The CEO, NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant is also seen. (file photo). Courtesy: Press Information Bureau

The Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog, Rajiv Kumar addressing media after the 4th meeting of Governing Council of NITI Aayog, in New Delhi on June 17, 2018. The CEO, NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant is also seen. (file photo). Courtesy: Press Information Bureau

With the aim to expand the idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI) articulated in the National AI Strategy, India’s NITI Aayog has partnered with Perlin – a Singapore-based AI startup – to launch the ‘AI 4 All Global Hackathon.’

It invites developers, students, startups and companies to develop AI applications to make significant positive social and economic impact for India.

The challenge question seeks to develop solutions in Distributed Computing and Privacy Preserving techniques, such as multi-party computation, in AI.

The objective of this hackathon is to promote awareness and subsequently develop solutions that deliver the twin benefit of efficient computing to address the infrastructure challenges.

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“The AI for All Hackathon underscores the commitment of NITI Aayog to supporting meaningful social, economic, and technological advancements directed at making people’s lives better,” said Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog.

The hackathon will run in 2 stages: Stage I ending 15 January 2019, and Stage II, which will only include shortlisted participants from the previous stage, will conclude on 15 March 2019.

The first stage will invite ideas for use cases of multi-party computation in areas such as Healthcare, Education, Agriculture, Urbanization, and Financial Inclusion. The second stage will call for these ideas to be matured and developed, with a focus on privacy preserving AI and distributed computing.

Participants will get mentorship and support from the hackathon co-sponsors, including the opportunity to scale and implement their AI applications.

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