Days after the government banned 59 Chinese apps, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited the start-up and tech community to participate in the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge” on Saturday. The Prime Minister launched the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Innovation Challenge” to identify the best Indian apps already used by citizens that have the potential to scale up and become world-class apps in their respective categories, an official statement said that Modi also said that the challenge will help to create an “Aatmanirbhar App Ecosystem”. “Who knows, maybe I also use some of these apps that you created,” he said in an article on LinkedIn.
Today, there is tremendous enthusiasm among the tech and start-up community to create world-class “Made in India Apps”, Modi said. “To facilitate their ideas and products, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is launching the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge’ along with the Atal Innovation Mission,” tweeted the Prime Minister by sharing the link to the LinkedIn post.
Modi had called for an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat (an independent India) and had urged people to be’ vocal for local ‘products. He said the app innovation challenge is for those who have such a working product or if they think they have the vision and expertise to make such products. “I call on all my friends in the tech community to join,” he said, sharing the article “Let us Code for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.”
India has a very vibrant technology and start-up ecosystem, which has made India proud both nationally and globally, Modi said. The country’s youth excelled in providing technical solutions in a variety of sectors, he said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has also caused a major disruption, which is being addressed through the use of technology to support our daily lives,” the Prime Minister noted. Everyone is aware of the huge potential of the market and the scale that products can achieve if they can meet demand, he said. “Today, we see tremendous interest and enthusiasm in the startup and tech ecosystem to innovate, develop and promote homegrown apps,” Modi said. “Today, as the entire nation works to create an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, it is a good opportunity to direct their efforts, accelerate their hard work and mentorship their talent to develop apps that can both serve our market satisfying as competing with the world, “he said in the article.
To help the start-up and tech community achieve this goal, the challenge will run in two directions, namely promoting existing apps and developing new apps, Modi explained. For the promotion of existing apps and platforms in the categories of e-learning, home working, gaming, business, entertainment, office utilities and social networks, the government will provide guidance, enforcement and support. “Track-01” works in mission mode to identify good quality apps for the scoreboard and will be completed within a month. For incubating new apps and platforms, the “Track-02” initiative will work to help create new champions in India by supporting ideation, incubation, prototyping and rollout along with market access.
The result of this challenge will be to make existing apps more visible and clear to achieve their goals, and to create technical products to find solutions to technical problems through mentorship, technical support and guidance throughout the lifecycle, the said Prime Minister. There is huge space in these sectors for new apps that solve specific problems for India and the world, he said. Can we think of making traditional Indian games more popular through apps? Can we develop apps with targeted and smart access to the right age group for learning, gaming? Can we develop game apps for people in rehabilitation or guidance to help them on their journey? There are many such questions and technology can only provide creative answers, ”Modi noted. This challenge will be organized jointly by the government and members of the tech community to make it more holistic, he said.