Govt gets 2,353 entries for Atmanirbhar Bharat App, extends deadline

Applicants are from all over the country, including remote and small towns

The government has extended last date for submission of entries under the Atmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge till July 26, following huge interest from start-ups and technical entrepreneurs across the country, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) said on Friday.

The contest, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 4 to reduce dependency on foreign apps, has received 2,353 entries under various categories from Indian entities.

"Given the enthusiastic response to the Atmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge, the government has decided to extend the last date of submission of entries to the challenge to July 26, 2020. The challenge is hosted on the Innovate Portal of MyGov," MeitY said in a statement.

Earlier, the last date for submission of entries was fixed July 18.

The contest, started in eight categories, has received 286 app entries in the health and wellness segment, 339 under e-learning, 414 social networking, 136 under games, 238 office and work from home, 75 news, and 96 under the entertainment segment.

Around 389 app entries have been submitted under the 'others' category.

"Amongst those received from individuals, around 788 applications are ready-to-use and the remaining 708 are under development. For the apps submitted by organisations, 636 have already been deployed and the remaining 221 are under development," the statement said.

It added that the applicants are from all over the country, including remote and small towns. "This shows the talent that exists in our country, and this App Innovation Challenge is the right opportunity for Indian tech developers, entrepreneurs and companies to build for India at a scale that is unparalleled anywhere in the world."

The top-three winners under each of the categories will get Rs 20 lakh, Rs 15 lakh and Rs 10 lakh for first, second and third positions, respectively, from the government.

"The true challenge will be to identify the apps that are robust, scalable, secure with an easy-to-use interface, and give users an experience that will make them come back to the app. The Atmanirbhar Bharat App ecosystem has the potential to unlock value for the Indian tech start-ups and help them get a pie of the multi trillion-dollar app economy," the statement said.



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