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NITI Aayog partners with Singapore-based startup to launch AI 4 All Global Hackathon


Government’s premier think-tank NITI Aayog has partnered with Singapore-based startup on artificial intelligence Perlin to launch the ‘AI 4 All Global Hackathon’ and is inviting developers, students, start-ups and companies to develop AI applications to make significant positive social and economic impact for India.

The move is in line with government’s vision of ‘AI for all’ articulated in the national AI strategy under which the NITI Aayog has been organising hackathons to source sustainable, innovative and technologically-enabled solutions to address various challenges in the development space.

The idea is 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, while also not compromising on privacy of data for training AI algorithms,” NITI Aayog said in a statement on Friday.

“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,” Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog said. “We believe India is ideally positioned as a thought-leader and regional economic power to help bring the benefits of innovation in AI and distributed computing to communities in developing countries around the world,” he added.

NITI Aayog had organized its first hackathon, ‘MoveHack’ in August, on the sidelines of the Global Mobility Summit 2018, with the aim of garnering cutting-edge mobility applications. Over 2,000 submissions were received out of which the top 10 teams were awarded at the summit.

The hackathon will be run two stages with stage one ending on January 15, 2019 and stage two, which will only include shortlisted participants from the previous stage, will conclude on March 15, 2019.