NITI Aayog launches ‘AI 4 All Global Hackathon’

The National Institution for Transforming India, or the NITI Aayog, a policy think tank of the Government of India, has partnered with Perlin, a Singapore-based AI start-up, for the four-month hackathon

December 7, 2018

The latest hackathon will aim to further expand the idea of ‘Artificial Intelligence, AI for All’ articulated in India’s National AI Strategy

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

The AI for All Hackathon positions India as a thought-leader to bring the benefits of AI and distributed computing to developing countries

India has emerged a reliable destination for next-gen technologies such as AI, machine learning, internet of things, robotics, among others

The National Institution for Transforming India, or the NITI Aayog, a policy think tank of the Government of India, has launched a global hackathon to develop capacity in artificial intelligence (AI). To drive the four-month hackathon project, the think tank has partnered with Perlin, a Singapore-based AI startup. NITI Aayog organises hackathons to source sustainable, innovative and technologically-enabled solutions to address various challenges in the development space. The latest hackathon will aim to further expand the idea of ‘Artificial Intelligence, AI for All’ articulated in India’s National AI Strategy.

Through the hackathon, the organisers are inviting developers, students, startups and companies to develop AI applications to make significant 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 hackathon’s objective 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 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. Now, the AI for All Hackathon positions India as a thought-leader and regional economic power to bring the benefits of AI and distributed computing to communities in developing countries around the world. India has emerged a reliable destination for next-gen technologies such as AI, machine learning, internet of things, robotics, among others.

The hackathon will be run in two stages with Stage One ending January 15 and Stage Two, which will only include shortlisted participants from the previous stage, will conclude on March 15. The first stage will invite ideas for use cases of multi-party computation in areas such as healthcare, education, agriculture, urbanization, 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.