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Govt. launches “App Innovation Challenge”, aims to promote and build ecosystem for Indian apps

App-Innovation Challenge PosterPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launches Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat ‘App Innovation Challenge’ with an objective to support and build a strong ecosystem for Indian Apps.

MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, Niti Aayog launches Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge for Indian tech entrepreneurs and Startups.

Through this challenge Government aims to promote the best Indian existing apps as well as the development of news apps.

This challenge will run in 2 tracks. Existing apps are to be promoted in Track 1 of App Innovation Challenge. Track 2 of the challenge focuses on the Development of New Apps.

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The focus of the Track 1 App Innovation Challenge is to identify the best Indian Apps that are already being used by citizens and have the potential to scale and become world class Apps in their respective categories.

This Innovation Challenge with various cash awards and incentives of featuring Apps on Leader Boards seeks to create an ecosystem where Indian entrepreneurs and Startups are incentivised to ideate, incubate, build, nurture and sustain Tech solutions that can serve not only citizens within India but also the world.

Track 2 of the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge will focus on to identify companies and entrepreneurs who can build new apps for the country. This track will run for a longer course of a time, details of which shall be provided separately.

App Innovation Challenge Track 1 is being launched in the following categories:
  • Office Productivity & Work from Home
  • Social Networking
  • E-Learning
  • Entertainment
  • Health & Wellness
  • Business including Agritech and Fin-tech
  • News
  • Games

The Innovation Challenge will be available on from 4th July 2020. The last date of submission of entries is 18th July 2020. The applicants need to apply online to submit their proposals by registering and logging on to the MyGov portal.

A specific Jury for each track with experts from Private Sector & Academia will evaluate the entries received. Shortlisted Apps will be given awards & will also feature on Leader boards for information of citizens. Government will also adopt suitable Apps, guide them to maturity and list on Government e-Marketplace (GeM).

Aditya Raj
Writer & Co-founder of InfotOnline.

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