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Smart city hackathon for Pune

The corporation is collaborating with Tech Mahindra and NITI Aayog to stage the event at the Pune University campus

The Pune Idea Factory Foundation is establishing a start-up ecosystem in the city
The Pune Idea Factory Foundation is establishing a start-up ecosystem in the city

Digital transformation and consulting business, Tech Mahindra, is collaborating with the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Pune Smart City Development Corporation to launch the first smart city hackathon at the Pune University campus for developers and start-ups across India on 29 September.

Boosting start-ups

Pune Idea Factory Foundation (PIFF), a subsidiary of Pune Smart City Development Corporation (PSCDCL), has been set up as a non-profit organisation dedicated to boosting the start-up ecosystem in Pune and the hackathon is one of a number of initiatives on its roadmap.


The aim of the hackathon is to innovate, crowdsource and develop solutions in areas such as urban mobility, solid waste management, water supply and citizen safety and security. Developers, including working professionals, start-ups and students, can participate as individuals or in teams of five people (maximum).


Solutions can either be an up-and-running product or an innovative idea with a working prototype. To ensure a level playing field, the teams will be evaluated on two separate tracks: Solutionthon and Ideathon, depending upon the maturity of their proposed solution, with the top solutions likely to be deployed in the city.


“Pune is a key centre for Tech Mahindra, as the city has offered us both good talent and avenues to grow,” said Jagdish Mitra, chief strategy officer, Tech Mahindra.


“The smart city hackathon through co-creation and co-innovation will enable the creation of an ecosystem where next gen technologies like artificial intelligence are applied to make citizens’ lives easier.”

New opportunities

Dr Rajendra Jagtap, CEO of Pune Smart City said the technology-driven era provides greater opportunities than ever before to explore and innovate and that the “power of intelligence from all sections of society” can pull together to co-create: “I encourage start-ups, entrepreneurs and various sectors to come together to solve issues affecting our cities and the nation at-large.”


The announcement comes on the back of Tech Mahindra’s continued commitment towards India’s technological development. It recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Telangana to launch India’s first blockchain district in the state.


It will be a centre of excellence with an infrastructure and facilities to foster growth of Indian blockchain start-ups and companies. Tech Mahindra will provide a platform and technology assistance to all the incubators in the district.


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