“Bengalathon” is a technology based competition in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects. This event will be an opportunity for the engineering students/technical professionals/ common citizens to become aware of IT applications and contribute to ideas or prototypes that will help shape the long-term policies of the government. Additionally the citizens will be more receptive to new IT initiatives being rolled out in future as they will be the actual contributors of those ideas. Government of West Bengal is looking forward to active participation from the students/ technical professionals/common citizens to come up with their own ideas and solutions, and play the support role for channeling the entrepreneurial energy in the right direction in order to become a formidable player in the technology domain in the future.
Objective: The purpose of “Bengalathon” is to achieve the following objectives using some of the leading practices like series of awareness building or training workshops in the weeks leading to the event:
- Recognize innovative ideas that would culminate into path-breaking viable solutions for any of the industry sectors or citizen services
- Provide a platform to showcase the innovative skills/ideas of the state resources at the national and international arena
- Encourage and promote innovations to create an appropriate entrepreneurial environment in the state
- Ensure participation from all the citizens from all parts of the country through the process of idea submission or prototyping or evangelizing.
KEY TENETS OF BENGALATHON
Understanding a problem properly is the key to the contest. We here at Bengalathon would always recommend our participant to go through the problem statement in detail and understand its root cause. A best ICT enabled solution can be carved if the problem is well understood.
Download problem statements: (click here)
It is equally important to understand the rules of the contest and go through the different templates a participant have to use in the competition. A quick look at the guidelines and templates will help you aware of the important timelines, stages of the contest, do’s and do not’s etc.
A participant has to register to the Bengalathon portal to be a part of the contest. Having problem in registration? Download the guidelines and user manual to know the steps for registration.
Participate and Upload:
Have you made up your mind in which problem you would be participating? Let’s go ahead to participate in the challenge and upload the concept. Follow the user manual for better clarification.
Download user manual: (click here)
Access to API's to build your solution:
Is your concept note ready? If your concept has a fintech related solution, we have API's available from our technology partner NPCI, that will help build your solution. Brief details of API's can be downloaded from the link below. Participants getting selected to second round will be provided with more product details.
Want your solution/ideas to be recognized? We at Bengalathon give you an opportunity to get yourself connected to industry bodies and the Government by showcasing your tech expertise.