These terms and conditions govern the Hackathon #OpenGovDataHack. By participating in the event, one is deemed to have accepted terms and conditions mentioned below as well as the terms of use of the OGD Platform India and Government Open Data License.


  • This Contest is open to
    • Individuals/professionals
    • A team of individuals/professionals
    • Indian StartUps
  • Participant(s) must be of minimum 18-years
  • The total employee of the startup must not exceed 50
  • Participants can form teams – ideally heterogeneous, consisting of people with different skill sets – up to a maximum of four members
  • Employees and relatives of NIC and IAMAI are not allowed to participate in this #OpenGovDataHack Challenge
  • Individuals/professionals must obtain No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their organizations


All participants must register at on the OGD Platform India. A registered user can directly login at and submit required details to participate in the event. It is expected that the participants would submit the real details and they have to confirm this before submission. There are total 200 seats at each challenge city for the #OpenGovDataHack. Seats left vacant on account of non-turn up by registrants will be made open for on-spot registrants.

All team members must be a registered member of OGD Platform. A team leader or member can be a part of only one team. One of the team members can create a team for participation.


#OpenGovDataHack is for development of Apps and Info-graphics on the following themes/sectors:

  • Drinking Water and Sanitation
  • Health
  • Education
  • Transport
  • Crime


An individual/team (Except Winners or Runner-Ups) can participate in both challenges; onsite city & online challenge but can submit only one project (Apps or Info-graphics). Following are the details of City and Online Challenges.

Onsite City Challenge

The Onsite city Challenge will be conducted in the following seven cities on specific venues and dates and time (to be announced in due course of time-TBD):

  •  Surat
  •  Hyderabad
  •  Bhubaneshwar
  •  Patna
  • Jaipur
  • Noida
  • Chennai

Online Challenge

On completion of the Onsite City Hackathon in the above mentioned cities, the Challenge will also be conducted online on a specific date, to be hosted through on 25-26 November 2017.

Phases of Hackathon

The event would be conducted in two phases:

Phase 1 (HACKATHON):

  • 24 hr Hackathon will be conducted in the respective onsite city and online.
  • Onsite City Challenge
    • Top 4 Apps and top 2 Info-graphics will be selected from each onsite city challenge.
    • Among the four Apps winners, two would be selected from all submissions and another two from submissions made by students.
    • One of the top two Info-graphics winners would be from all submissions and another one would be from the submissions of students only.
    • There would be a selection panel at each venue to shortlist the submissions.
  • Online Challenge
    • All online submissions would be evaluated and shortlisted in two categories i.e. Apps and Info-graphics. A total of 5 Apps and 5 Info-graphics would be shortlisted as winners through a selection panel.
  • All the developed prototypes would be hosted on OpenForge by the participants. Please go through OpenForge PPT and OpenForge & Git Repo PDF
  • Selected entries from each challenge would be given token prize along with an appreciation certificate. All the participants will be given certificate of participation.
  • These selected entries would also be showcased on OGD Platform and will go to Phase 2 for final app submission.


  • Team leaders of the selected Apps from the Phase 1 have to register for the Phase 2 where they can re-form their teams, if required. However, change of team lead is not allowed.
  • Teams with similar scope and technology may like to realign and form a new team with one of the team leads to create a final App.
  • Incubation and Mentorship facility would be facilitated by IAMAI through its industry members to develop refine and optimize the App during a period of 2 months starting for the date of closure of Phase 2 registration.
  • All successfully uploaded apps would go through a validation, security check and short-listing process by a Selection Panel. If required, the teams may be contacted by the panel.
  • Top 10 apps would be shortlisted by the selection panel.
  • A high-level Jury would be constituted to take the presentation from the shortlisted teams and judge 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners of the Challenge. Rest of the entries from top 10 selected apps would also be awarded with cash prize.

Winning Prizes

There would be six token prizes for each onsite city challenge. Two winners would be under Infographics category and four winners under Apps category. For the online challenge, 10 entries would be selected for phase 2. These selected entries would be given certificate of appreciation.

Phase 1 (Hackathon) would have following prizes at each of the onsite city challenge:

  • Student
    • Winner App: Rs 5,000/-
    • Runners-up App: Rs 2,500/-
    • Winner Infographics: Rs 2,500/-
  • Others include Students (Start-up/Individual/Professional/Community, etc.)
    • Winner App: Rs 5,000/-
    • Runners-up App: Rs 2500/-
    • Winner Infographics: Rs 2500/-
  • Online Challenge
    • 5 Winner App: Rs 5,000/- each
    • 5 Runners-up App: Rs 2500/- each
    • 5 Winner Infographics: Rs 2500/- each

Phase 2 (Final App Development) would have three winning prizes and seven excellence prizes as mentioned below:

  • First Prize: Rs 2,00,000/-
  • Second Prize: Rs 1,00,000/-
  • Third Prize: Rs 50,000/-
  • Top 7 excellent entries: Rs 20,000/- each

Evaluation and Rating Criteria

All applications will be rated on the parameters listed below:

Phase 1

  • Data used for developing the Apps or Info-graphics should be primarily sourced from the OGD Platform India i.e.
  • Concept: It must be developed on unique citizen centric concept.
  • User Experience: It must have convenient user interface and simple navigation.
  • Responsive (no lag): It must respond instantly to user input.
  • Technology Design and Efficiency: Conformance to Open Standards and interoperability Guidelines (as prescribed by the Government of India).
    • Quality: It must be a functional prototype.
    • Sustenance: Developer must adequately demonstrate a plan for its updates, sustenance and continuing usability.

Phase 2

  • Scope of Work: Each selected team has been provided with a functional scope of the app in line with their App selected through Phase 1. The scopes can be seen by the team leads after login. These are indicative but not limited to points mentioned under that scope. It’s expected that the App should at least achieve all points of the functional scope. Team can add more features and functionalities in the App in addition to the scope defined.
  • Usability and Creativity: Application demonstrates superior user experience and ease of use. Its uniqueness and innovativeness, use of Indian Languages and leverage the state-of-the art technology in ICT, AI, ML and GIS Technologies.
  • Technology Design and Efficiency: Conformance to Accessibility Guidelines of W3C and Open Standards & interoperability Guidelines (as published by the Govt. of India ), Web Application Security Guidelines.
  • Quality: Application must be fully-functional and run successfully on target device(s).
  • Sustenance: Developer must adequately demonstrate a plan for its updates, sustenance and continuing usability.
  • App should confirm to Indian IT Act and Aadhaar Act

General Terms & Conditions

Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully as they apply for both phases of the #OGDHackathon. To be eligible to participate and declare as shortlisted or winners in the Hackathon, the participants must accept these Terms and Conditions:

  • Primary source of datasets must be from OGD Platform India i.e.
  • Participants of Onsite City Challenge must be available at the event venue in the city.
  • Participants must not provide any false information in the registration and team creation process.
  • Participants must keep their contact information accurate and up-to-date.
  • Only a single OGD account is permitted for an individual or a team. If more than one account exists for the same candidate then it will automatically result in disqualification of the candidate.
  • As a part of the submission, the contestant certifies the originality and ownership of the application as detailed/described in the documentation uploaded at the time of submission.
  • The participant(s) must ensure that his/her/their work has not been previously published or awarded.
  • If the participants are acting within the scope of their employment, as an employee, contractor, or agent of another party, then the participants warrant that such party has full knowledge of the actions of the participants and has consented thereto, including the potential receipt of a prize. The participants’ further warrant that their actions do not violate the employer’s or company’s policies and procedures.
  • The participants will ensure code is free from viruses or malware.
  • The participants will not use this contest to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.
  • Participants have to follow the conditions of the Open Government Data License ( gazette notified by Govt. of India.
  • The winning applications must be maintained in working condition by the contestant(s) for a period of one year. No functional enhancements are expected, but all bugs identified according to the description in the documentation should be fixed immediately on reporting.
  • If any participant is determined to have violated the terms of the contest, NIC (and IAMAI) have all rights to disqualify the participant without prior notice.
  • If the Applications shortlisted do not meet the expectations of the Jury, Jury has the discretion and the right, not to confer an award in one or more categories/ subcategories.
  • The prize money would be distributed after levying the applicable taxes.
  • Jury Decision is final and cannot be challenged.
  • If required, NIC may change the terms and conditions.
  • The selected projects will have to be made available under the Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 license or GNU General Public License. Please visit below links for details:
  • The organizers reserve the right in their sole discretion to withdraw participation of any individual/team from the event or reject any submission at any point of time during the process.