Zoho wins across Business and Office categories and Chingari won for Social category. A total of 6,940 tech entrepreneurs and startups across the country took part in the challenge.
Indian government’s AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge has announced the final winners of the hackathon hosted on August 7. This challenge is meant to boost the adoption and development of Indian applications over foreign ones. A total of 6,940 tech entrepreneurs and startups across the country took part in the challenge.
The mega challenge had entries for nine different categories: Business, eLearning, Entertainment, Games, Health, News, Office and Work from Home, Others, and Social.
The government announced Rs 20 lakh for the first place, Rs 15 lakh for the second place and Rs 10 lakh for the third-placed apps in each category. Winners of other sub-categories won Rs 5 lakh, Rs 3 lakh, and Rs 2 lakh for first, second and third positions, respectively. Winners across categories were announced in a virtual event. They are as follows:
Zoho Invoice, books & expenses
GimBooks- easy invoice manager
Kutuki Kids Learning App
Hello English; Learn English
Hitwicket Superstars -3d cricket strategy game
Scarfall – the royale combat
World cricket championship 2- WCC2
Logically: check fake news and verify facts
IsEqualTo: Daily News, Quiz, and GK for students
Special award across categories— Most promising apps.
- Entertainment- Docubay and Boom
- News: Paperboy and LetsUp
- Games: kite fly, donkey master, math games
- Office: Kaagaz Scanner, Iamhere and Spark.Live
- Health: Aurum, SastaSundar
- Elearning: ChalkLit, eMedicoz
- Business: Lynk My Business and Boomer- build a website; website builder
- Social: Mitron and Hidoc Dr- medical learning for doctors
- Others: Life Hacks and xploree AI keyboard
The AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge was launched on July 4, days after the government banned 59 Chinese apps citing threats to data privacy of users, to identify the “best Indian Apps that are already being used by citizens and have the potential to scale and become world-class Apps in their respective categories.”
The apps were ranked on the basis of their performance, useability and features, on category-specific leaderboards, with cash prizes and incentives on offer for the best performing applications.
Jury members who were experts from Industry, Academia and Government evaluated the Apps, shortlisted after the screening, through presentations made over 5 days from July 31 – August 4, 2020.