MyGov Launches Innovation Challenge To Develop Indian Language Learning App

The challenge will help create an app that will promote regional language literacy in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of celebrating India’s cultural diversity through greater interaction among its constituent parts.

May 17, 2021

The focus of the challenge is to create an app that will enable people to learn simple sentences or even a working knowledge of any Indian language.

Evaluation parameters will include ease of use, simplicity, Graphical User Interface, gamification features, UI, UX and quality of content

Top three winners will receive cash prizes ranging from Rs 5 lakhs to Rs 20 lakhs to improve the app

The Innovation Challenge is open to Indian individuals, startups and companies.

In an effort to create a high-quality Indian Language Learning App and also further Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of celebrating India’s cultural diversity through greater interaction among its constituent parts, MyGov, the citizen engagement platform of the Government of India in partnership with the Department of Higher Education has launched a special Innovation Challenge. 

The focus of the challenge is to create an app that will enable people to learn simple sentences or even a working knowledge of any Indian language. In that sense the Innovation Challenge will help create an app that will promote regional language literacy, leading to a better understanding of the country’s cultural diversity. 

The evaluation parameters for judging the efficacy of the app will include ease of use, simplicity, Graphical User Interface, gamification features, UI, UX along with high-quality content such that learning any Indian language becomes an enjoyable and simple exercise. At the same time it should also offer an automated way to evaluate and rank learners in different languages with scope for awarding badges based on achievement of certain milestones to the top learners in a particular language.

The Innovation Challenge is open to Indian individuals, startups and companies. MyGov envisions the app to be multi-modular, with the capacity to teach through the written word, voice and video/visuals. App developers can propose multiple interfaces for engagement of learners. 

The innovation challenge can be accessed at https://innovateindia.mygov.in/indian-language-app-challenge/

The microsite, besides listing all the terms and conditions for the challenge, also explains the thinking behind the program and also gives sample modules that a participant can refer to.

The Innovation Challenge closes on 27 May 2021. Following evaluation of the submitted prototypes, the top 10 teams will be invited to make presentations. Of these the top three will be selected by a jury and they will receive funding of INR 20 lakhs, Rs 10 lakhs and Rs 5 lakhs respectively to make the apps better. The solutions would be evaluated based on broad parameters such as Innovation, Scalability, Usability, Interoperability, Ease of deployment/roll-out and Campaign.