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After ban on Chinese apps, government brought 'Make in India' app innovation challenge, you can also participate

After ban on Chinese apps, government brought 'Make in India' app innovation challenge, you can also participate

The Make in India App Innovation Challenge has been announced by the government to promote apps made in India. The challenge is to promote Indian developers and startups and create an ecosystem of apps made in India. Remind, in the past, 59 Chinese apps have been banned by the Indian government.

In the past, 59 Chinese apps have been banned by the Government of India giving priority to national security and privacy of users. Now the central government has come up with the Make in India App Innovation Challenge. The objective of this challenge is to promote local app developers and create a complete Indian app ecosystem. A photo has been posted detailing it from the official Twitter handle of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The App Innovation Challenge has recently been announced and asks Indian startups and app developers to create world-class apps. The central government is also promoting such app developers under Main in India and Self-reliant India campaign. If you are also an app developer or working with a startup, then you can become a part of this challenge by creating a new app.

Challenge in eight categories

Last week, the App Innovation Challenge was announced in eight different categories. These include Health and Wellness, Business- Agritech and Fintech, News, Games, Office Productivity and Work from Home, Social Networking, E-Learning and Entertainment. Local startups and developers can go to to participate in this challenge and other details.

Indian app went viral

The last date for submitting the app is July 18, 2020. Since the banning of 59 Chinese apps, apps made in India are becoming increasingly viral and users are also looking for options for other apps. In such a situation, short video sharing apps like Friends and Spark have also become popular. Indian apps offering features such as banned apps are now being downloaded rapidly.

Innovation challenge process

  • The app innovation challenge will be available on for Indian entrepreneurs
  • The last date of submission of entry is 18th July 2020
  • The applicant needs to apply only online to submit their proposals by registering and logging on MyGov portal:
  • Applicants are advised to provide self-contained proposals with essential supporting materials provided as uploads for an informed and fair evaluation/review.
  • No changes will be accepted once proposals are submitted.
  • Providing incorrect information will lead to outright rejection of proposals.

Selection process for AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge

  • There will be a two-stage selection process:
  • 1st Stage - Screening of eligible entries
  • 2nd Stage - Evaluation by jury, with actual demo
  • Jury with experts from private sector and academia to evaluate
  • Shortlisted apps to be awarded and put on leader boards
  • Government to adopt suitable apps, guide them to maturity
  • Factors on which entries will be evaluated
    • Ease of use
    • Robustness
    • Security features
    • Scalability

Prizes for the app innovation challenge

Following awards will be given in each of the eight main categories of apps:
  • First Prize: 20 Lakhs
  • Second Prize: 15 Lakhs
  • Third Prize: 10 Lakhs
For the purposes of evaluation, the jury may create subcategories in each category and then apps will be classified into respective subcategories, based on functionality and evaluated.
In case sub-categories are created, the prize money for each subcategory within each category will be as below:
  • First Prize: 5 Lakhs
  • Second Prize: 3 Lakhs
  • Third Prize: 2 Lakhs

What kind of apps can be created?

As per the official website, here is an indicative list of sub-categories and problem statements to help develop apps:
  • A mobile application harnessing the most accurate facial and / or body mapping technology to allow for a true-to-life virtual try out of products like spectacles, clothes, etc.
  • Mobile application for real-time speech-to-speech translation and camera translation of multiple languages.
  • An automated web-based application that handles the business-to-business lead generation and cold emailing and is completely manageable from a mobile device itself.
  • Application to use mobile devices as image scanners with features like on the fly image correction, image editing, text recognition, etc.
  • Application to provide cloud storage integration, cross-platform file transfer via FTP or LAN, and a root browser on mobile device
  • A robust indigenous anti-virus software for mobile devices.
  • Application to optimize mobile device's performance by cleaning junk/cache files, optimizing device memory and optimizing battery usage.
  • A mobile based live streaming platform for hosting webinars, lectures, etc.
  • A mobile based messaging and video calling application
  • A mobile based microblogging application
  • A mobile based news application that uses cutting-edge technology to recommend the most relevant and interesting news individually to each use.
  • A mobile application offering satellite imagery and street maps, as well as functions such as a route planner for traveling by foot, car, or with public transportation.
  • A mobile based online gaming platform which also functions as a social hub for gamers
  • A mobile based photo-editing application with all standard image editing features
Check out the terms and conditions here:
You need to login here to apply for the app innovation challenge:

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